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?
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. Other than that, the story is solid.
My Final Verdict:
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, I would highly recommend it.
A heartwarming love story.
Tommy is struggling. After losing his best friend, Chase, in an accident he blames himself for, he has little left except a mom who is working for a man he hates and a new job where he can't seem to do anything right.
Enter Nick, the new kid in town with a broken phone and a new number that happens to be receiving text messages meant for a dead kid.
The two bond over their shared crappy job and fall deeper than either planned on, only realizing how far in they are when secrets come out threatening to tear them apart.
What I loved:
Oh, these boys. They melted my heart. There's a sweetness to the story. In it's discussions on grief, guilt, and fear Tommy and Nick are allowed to shine as two boys trying to figure out how to go after what they want in life without disappointing the people they love. It's a statement on true love, but also the confusion of being a teenager pulled in different directions, and the fear associated with letting others see who you are, especially as gay kids in small town America.
I could read about these boys all day.
What was just okay:
There's a bit of harassment at their job that's just swept under the rug after Nick refuses to kiss his boss. Sometimes I wished I saw a bit more maturity in Tommy, but he grew by the end and I ended up loving him just as much as Nick.
A story that will warm even the coldest hearts, with engaging characters and a writing style that is so comforting you don't want the book to end.