[Tour Review] Amanda Burckhard: The Ghost of You

The Ghost of You by Amanda Burckhard

Series: Ghost of You #1
eBook, English, 213 pages
Debut: February 24, 2015
@ Goodreads
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Overall Rating: four-stars

Emmy has everything she’s ever wanted: a hot boyfriend she adores, great friends, a promising future, and even a well-connected family. But one night rips it all away.

A car accident shatters her world, claiming the lives of her twin brother and her best friend. In the wake of the accident, her friends drift away, her family falls apart, and her boyfriend cheats.

The grief is more than she can handle, so she finds escape at the bottom of a bottle of painkillers. Taking the pills makes her brother alive again, if only in her head. Seeing and talking to her brother as if he were still alive is the only thing that keeps her going. Until Logan King moves to town.

Logan sees past the mask of pristine popularity she wears in public and he’s the only one who can tell she hasn’t moved on. His uncanny ability to read her forces her to open up and she starts to fall for him, no matter how unwilling she is to admit it. But Emmy isn’t the only one keeping secrets and when a close brush with death sparks events that bring everything to light, Emmy will have to decide what’s more important: learning how to forgive and move on, or holding onto the pills and the ghost of her past.

"A lovely, haunting, captivating tale from the first page to the last. It grips your heart and keeps it until the very end." - Natalie Decker

Read First: February 20-22, 2015 | Snuck from: YA Bound Book Tours -- I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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You'd think a contemporary with an actual hallucination/ghost would be a bit on the weird side, but it wasn't at all. I pretty much enjoyed having Derek around, probably because he was cute-boyish-snarky at first, but was also Emmy's conscience -- the one she should've listened to. It's one of those very weird mysteries of traumas, I guess, that people like her hallucinate a lost piece of themselves half because they need it to feel better, and half to make them feel worse when those hallus do act as a strict conscience or something similar. Something generally fascinating! Aside from that, it was pretty "normal" contemporary romance -- harsh truths, broken relationships, dramas, verbal as well as fist fights, the works.

However, it wasn't totally boring. It still had a few twists I didn't expect, or only expected in a different version. Like... Logan made move that was so... I don't even have the right word for it. It was something you have read a dozen times from a female lead, but I for one haven't encountered it from a male lead yet. I was a little baffled, but it was a nice change! Or that his past didn't really catch up with him, like you get so often from male leads, it was merely mentioned. I liked that very much, because this story really was well enough without it.

Emmy was likable, aside from the fact that any kind of drug addiction is generally a no-go, and I liked that she totally lost it and screwed it all up. It was a nice change that the female lead doesn't get to be the saint here... It's like Burckhard took any existing story and switched the genders around, not much really, but effect is pretty awesome, I think!
Logan, I totally loved. All things considered, I think he made all the right calls and did the best he could. He made mistakes, yes, in the past and present, but it made him as realistic as possible without switching to his PoV to get a look inside his head.

Lastly, that Emmy got a tattoo for her 18th birthday was very cool! I liked that it was an act of defiance against her parents, even though it'd take them forever to notice, but I think I would've liked it even better if she got it at the end, when she had really moved on from Derek's death. In any case, I believe it's a very nice way to remember someone you love.

I really can't say what I want more for the sequel: to revolve around this pairing again, or to pick up a new one. I could imagine some Brayden x Skye... Guess I have to wait and see, and hope to be part of the tour again! =)

Area Scan: Idea: 5/5 -- Flow: 5/5 -- Vocab: 5/5 -- Plot: 4/5 -- Heroes: 5/5 -- Sidekicks: 3/5 -- Villains: 4/5 -- Romance: 5/5 -- Drama: 5/5 -- Suspense: 3/5

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About Amanda Burckhard

Amanda Burckhard grew up exploring bat caves and hunting for dinosaur bones in the Black Hills of South Dakota. When she wasn’t crossing paths with mountain lions, she was making up stories and devouring books at the library. Although, she still does that.

Amanda loves to travel and cross out things on her adrenaline packed bucket list. Some of the things she's been able to cross out include see an active volcano erupt, ride a gondola in Venice, and pet a tiger.

She currently lives in South Dakota and works as a microbiologist by day. Some of her obsessions include comic book movies, hot chocolate, sushi, sunshine, and Doctor Who.


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