[REVIEW] The Ghost of You

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Series: The Ghost of You #1
 Amanda Burckhard
 young adult, contemporary
 February 24, 2015
 Swoon Romance
Purchase: Amazon 

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.

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The Ghost of You caught me off guard. I did read the blurb before joining the tour but it totally slipped off my mind when I began reading this. When I started reading, I was like sure-sure a party, then... then... Emmy's brother dies.

The Ghost of You is one of those beautifully written, heartbreaking contemporary novels I've read. The moment Emmy's brother died, I already found myself loving the story and how it was written. Emmy voice and how she faced the death of her brother - the things in her mind, talking to her brother, the pills.

Emmy is a heroine that's very easy to get into; easy to sympathize with her; very easy to understand. Reading this was really crazy. Emmy's words are so powerful. First she made me try to stop my tears, I was able to. Then she made me want cry again, I tried to stop it (again) but failed. I tear up. Then I just had to let things be. This book, Emmy, her story, the way she tells it were all just striking to me.

Perhaps what really made me love this is how nicely develop Emmy was. There was a gradual development on Emmy. Burckhard really wrote Emmy well from the way she dealt with the lost of her brother to the way she tries to recover from it, really recover from it. Emmy feels so real. But perhaps the only thing I didn't like is how her brother, Derek, would sometimes talks about what she should do. Why didn't she do this? Do that? But that's just a small part. Her relationship with her brother and how she talks about him really just makes me heart ache at times.

The entrance of Logan was 100% pure cliché-ness but how his relationship with Emmy develop was really beautiful. I love how realistic they seem (well I already mentioned this earlier), how gradual things for them, how Logan stuck to and helped Emmy. 

Overall, The Ghost of You is a MUST READ contemporary novel. It's heartbreaking but it's that kind of story that would make you cry yet at the end would make you smile and be happy for them.

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What I Like: (1) Emmy, (2) the well thought of development on Emmy, (3) the relationship of Emmy to all the people around her, (4) how beautiful this was written, (5) how it really moved me, (6) Logan, (7) the development of Logan and Emmy's relationship

What I Didn’t Like: N/A

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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 North Sioux City, 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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