Phantom Summer Review
All in all not bad, but there was just a lot about this book that rubbed me the wrong way. The main characters behavior was a little melodramatic and it really became annoying of the span of the book. Taylor Gray is a seventeen year old girl who carries the death of her best friend, Brendan, on her shoulders. She was in love with him but never had the courage to tell him before it was too late. Instead of sticking around to deal with it and perhaps find closure, Taylor chooses to just up and leave school and move in with her drunk, stripper mother, on Sterling Island, a town obsessed with ghosts. She quickly obtains a job at the train museum, even after many warnings from the museum’s manager/owner that it’s haunted. Through out the book, Taylor is very adamant that she doesn’t believe in ghosts. She ends up meeting Raine Tsunami, the towns local celebrity who provides entertaining ghost tours to tourists and locals on the island. Taylor does fall for Raine, but with the guilt of her best friend’s death, she doesn’t allow herself to get close to him. I don’t like giving too much of any book I review away because I don’t want to ruin it for anyone who actually wants to read them (because no one pays attention to spoilers! :P)
There were a lot of issues and inconsistencies that bothered me. The author took two chapters to decided on the spelling for Brendan, and didn’t go back to correct the discarded spelling. Sandra Bullock was not in Pretty Woman, a Google search could have cleared that right up. There were also little details that could have easily been corrected. It bothered me that the main character just decided that she wasn’t going to school any more. She didn’t attempt to drop out, didn’t give the school any notice, nothing. I’m sure that it was just an easy solution for the story, but it really felt kind of lazy on the author’s part. She also started some really interesting ideas with some of the ghost stories, but she never revisited them. They were introduced like they might be a big deal, but they were just kind of cast off to the side. I will say that I liked this book overall, but what can I say? It was a free book.