“Half-life,” to be released 3/24/15, is story by Tina Ferraro about a soon-to-be-fifteen-year-old, Trisha, who is struggling to jump the line dividing childhood from adolescence. Her best friend, Abby, has already gained entrance to the next stage with her new boyfriend and their welcome into the world of cool high school parties. Trisha is left behind, and all she wants is to get her BFF back. Lucky for Trisha, the annual Halloween spirit conjuring works—only instead of showing Trisha the man she’s going to marry, the spirit world brings Trisha her twin sister, Chessie. Who happens to be dead. Together, they’ll scheme to reunite Trisha and Abby, but when events begin to go awry, Trisha is forced to wonder: Does Chessie really have Trisha’s best interests at heart? And, when you’re a teenager trying to navigate the complex web of social relationships, under-aged drinking, parent hang-ups, and need to figure out whether the “drop dead gorgeous” boy you really like likes you back, nightly ghostly visits aren’t always your biggest problem.
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My thoughts: This was such a fun book full of dilemmas and suspense. By about halfway through, I was so engrossed, I found myself babbling away to my husband about the book (now, mind you: he’s a 40-yo man, but thank goodness, a patient listener). When I was down to the last couple chapters, I had to put it down (life, how dare you interfere with reading?), and I couldn’t wait to get back to it. Ferraro does an excellent job of balancing the real-world dilemmas and situations with just the right amount of supernatural mystery and intrigue. Trisha is the kind of main character you can get behind. Far-from-perfect, she makes mistakes and has moments of doubt about her choices, but she’s strong, smart, and knows herself. Overall a fun, satisfying read.
I was given a free, advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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