Todd Williams’ life seems to be falling apart. His mother is spiraling into alcoholism, the bullies at school won’t give him a break, and his best friend, Jennifer, isn’t speaking to him. Todd decides that maybe he should seek the help of a ghost. He befriends a spirit, Leroy, to try and help him figure out his whack life. Follow Todd as he treads the waters of high school and growing up.
When I first read the description of this book, I thought that it was going to be centered on ghosts and that it would have more paranormal themes. While the book did start out with more spirit-centered phenomena, it quickly diverted to a high-school theme. It seems that the ghost aspect didn’t really play an important part of the story. While Leroy, the main spirit in the book and Todd’s friend, was helpful from time to time, he seemed like more of an afterthought than a character who actually did a lot to move the plot forward.
Todd wasn’t what I would call an unlikeable character, but he wasn’t an extremely likeable either. He seemed like a very honest character. I felt that he accurately portrayed your everyday teen in a high school setting. While some of his decisions were questionable, it seemed like they were an accurate representation of what many kids his age would do.
The plot quickly grabbed my attention in the beginning, however, I grew more and more bored the more I read. It quickly turned to a lot of high school drama. Had I known that it was going to be centered more on high school life, I might’ve had a differing opinion. Unfortunately, I was expecting a very ghost-oriented book. Though this book was a bit of a disappointment for me, I did appreciate that the author touched upon many important topics (such as discrimination, depression, and sexual abuse).
Overall, Ghost Songs was a very interesting read. I just think that the summary of the book needs to be updated so that it more accurately portrays what the book is about.