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Haunt Me

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Haunt Me

Containing a love triangle between a dead boy’s ghost, the new girl in town who moves into the dead boy’s house and the dead boy’s living brother, Liz Kessler’s novel HAUNT ME will certainly throw readers into a twist with its interesting and unique plot.

"I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a paranormal, romance novel or anyone searching for a more thoughtful read that will transport them into the life of a high school girl just trying to fit in."

HAUNT ME follows the story of Erin, a girl whose family had to move to a small seaside town to help her cope with her fear of streets after a tragic accident that left her bullied by the other girls at her high school and contemplating suicide. Upon entering their new home, Erin feels oddly homey, especially in the room she claims as hers. Although she does feel a weird energy, she finds her perfect writing spot and no longer has to fake a smile with her family as they go on exploring. Weeks pass and Erin continues going to school and coming home without any issues but never really able to find her spot in school either. The only thing that really comforts her is sitting at her window spot and writing down her thoughts. This is how she meets Joe, the ghost who’s been trapped in her bedroom and connected with her over their similarities. It started off with a touch that left Erin feeling a bit confused but after discovering writing sprawled on the walls of her closet and being shocked unconscious by a pendant on a surfboard hidden deep inside, Erin is finally able to see Joe. For weeks, Erin only looked forward to going home to talk with Joe as they connected more and more, spilling secrets and opening up to one another more than they ever did with anyone else, until they’re close to kissing and Erin panics. The next day at school, she calls a boy Joe who turns out to be Joe’s brother, Olly. After that day nothing really happens as Joe and Erin’s relationship slowly mends and they grow more comfortable with each other again until Erin’s mom bursts into the room and is accidentally pushed by Joe. This incident spirals out of hand as an exorcist is called in and Erin is left upset and feeling empty after Joe is forced out. Somehow fate chooses this moment in Erin’s life to bring Olly closer to her and they begin to hang out more, making Erin feel a bit guilty that she has to hide this fact from Joe even after finding him weak in a cave. This sets up the stage for a perfect love triangle that only grows more complicated as miscommunications occur and trust is broken.

As a big fan of romantic teen novels, I have to say that this book was definitely a very touching one that moved me to tears. It not only contains a complicated love triangle, but it also touches on high school issues such as suicide, bullying, self-confidence and drugs. Setting it in such a scene isn’t too unique but the way Liz Kessler allows the characters to develop on the pages is what makes it a truly fantastic read. Kessler’s writing touched me emotionally and allowed me to easily connect with the characters in her writing, especially since the pace of the story was, in my opinion, perfect for the plot. Kessler took the time to create a backdrop for her climax without making it boring and also wrapped it up in a way that left me deep in thought but not confused by the events. Kessler’s writing style was one of my favorites thus far and I look forward to reading more of her works in the future. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a paranormal, romance novel or anyone searching for a more thoughtful read that will transport them into the life of a high school girl just trying to fit in.

Reviewed by Alyssa L., Teen Board Member on July 9, 2017

Haunt Me
by Liz Kessler