Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Absent by Katie Williams Review

2.5/5 Stars
Details of the Book
paperback ARC, 180 pages
Published by Chronicle Books
Publication Date: May 21, 2013
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository |

Synopsis as taken from GoodReads.com: When seventeen-year-old Paige dies in a freak fall from the roof during Physics class, her spirit is bound to the grounds of her high school. At least she has company: her fellow ghosts Evan and Brooke, who also died there. But when Paige hears the rumor that her death wasn't an accident--that she supposedly jumped on purpose--she can't bear it. Then Paige discovers something amazing. She can possess living people when they think of her, and she can make them do almost anything. Maybe, just maybe, she can get to the most popular girl in school and stop the rumors once and for all.

This book is probably the shortest book that I've read since elementary school at 180 pages. What it lacked in length, it made up for in depth. Katie Williams in this novel allows the reader to see past her characters typical high school stereotypes and see into their souls. This book in it's appearance and plot epitomizes the phrase: There is more than meets the eye.

My problem with this book is that I don't have any specific moments of like and dislike. Although I found it to be very moving and enjoyable, there was nothing about it that made it really jump out at me. For most of it I was wondering if anything big was going to happen, which it was only in the last few pages that I got that. I can't penalize this too much considering this book is very small, and if it had been a faster pace it could be seen as overly dramatic.

I don't regret reading this book; it's a good book to read while you're in-between other books.

Paperback, 180 pages. 

ISBN: 978-0-8118-7150-1

Cost: $16.99, but $13.50 on Amazon.com. 

Published by Chronicle Books

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