Featured Review: Ghosting You (Alexander C. Eberhart)
About This Book:
Tommy hears dead people. Okay, one dead person. His best friend, Chase. Since his death, Tommy can’t stop hearing his voice. They talk every day and Tommy even sends him texts, but it always ends the same. Message failed to send. Until one day, a stranger texts back. Getting stuck in nowhere Georgia was not on Nick’s summer agenda, but a horoscope, a chance encounter, and a cute boy has things looking up. There’s just one problem, the boy hates him. When a broken phone leaves him with a new number, Nick is ready to write off the entire summer as a loss. But then he receives a strange text. When Tommy and Nick’s worlds collide, the attraction is instant, but Tommy just can’t let Chase go. Can Nick use his status as Tommy’s anonymous stranger to break down his defenses or is Nick destined to live in a love triangle with a ghost?
*Review Contributed By Patrick Hodges Staff Reviewer*
In a small town in Georgia, Tommy is still mourning the loss of his best friend, Chase, so much so that he hears his voice in his head. The only outlet he has for his grief is sending Chase texts. Then, one day, a stranger answers in the form of Nick. Nick, working a summer job at the local diner, doesn’t realize the cute local boy he’s already pissed off is the same one he’s anonymously exchanging texts with. When the truth is revealed, will Tommy be able to let Chase go?
What I loved:
The main characters, Nick and Tommy, are delightfully written. They come from different worlds (city vs. country), and each speaks with his own voice. Both are wonderfully snarky, and I love the way the author engineered how their relationship began and developed, a clever twist on a familiar theme. The story itself went pretty deep into the lives and heartaches of both guys, which made them feel even more real to me.
What I didn’t love:
There are several leaps of logic within the plot, but those are minor points that can forgiven given the superior character development. My main issue with the book was the quality of the editing – namely, that it needed some. A lot of it. I’m very good at spotting typos, but the more I notice in a book, the more it takes me out of the story. If this had been better edited, it would be getting a much higher score.
My Final Verdict:
All that aside, Ghosting You is a sweet, touching, poignant look at love, life, and dealing with loss. If you are in need of a great LGBT story and don’t have any hangups about editing, I would highly recommend it.
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