Monthly Archives: October 2016

One Night by Deanna Cabinian

One Night by Deanna Cabinian

I think I might be sorta in love with a sixteen year old fictional character.

Thompson has had his heart broken. It happened on The Worst Valentine’s Day In History(TM), Caroline was his first love, he knew they were meant to be together forever. Except she seemed to want to sleep with everyone else too.
He knows she still loves him though.
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Caroline had an unrivaled obsession with Elvis and I had in retrospect, an unhealthy obsession with her.

In between his job at Super K-Mart and hanging out with his gansta wanna-be friend, Thompson mopes around listening to Elvis and all the heartbreak songs he can download.

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He goes one afternoon to the Tiki House to see Elvis impersonators in the hopes of ‘bumping into’ his dream girl. What he does is hear the most awesome Elvis impersonator ever sing “Hurt”..and he automatically knows that this guy knows real woman hurting pain.
He strikes a friendship up with Johnny, the thirty-something Catholic Italian Elvis.
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Thompson finds out that Johnny’s heart has indeed been broken by the girl that got away, so Thompson and some of his friends devise a plan to re-unite Johnny with his lost love.

I LOVED this. Everything about this book is just eat up with a spoon stuff. The only problem I had with it (It would have gotten all the stars otherwise) is that I found Johnny’s character a bit stiff. That stood out because all the other characters in the book came vividly into my mind. But so what? It’s still worth reading a million times. AND it does not fall into every young adult trope known to man. No love-triangles, no angsty want me to smack them characters. Hells yeah.

It’s that coming of age thing when the characters grow before your eyes and you realize that sometimes you just have to do that Grand Gesture.
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AND it’s set in Hawaii.

Ghosts from our Past by Erin Gilbert and Abby L. Yates

Ghosts from Our Past by Erin Gilbert

There just so happened to be Ghostbusters before Ghostbusting was cool.
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But we really didn’t hear much about them..but once yet another Ghostbusting movie is released we get this book in it’s newly revised and updated edition.

The first few pages of this book was my little weirdo mind’s idea of a good time.
Erin was an odd child whose parents had to pay a dollar an hour out to make sure she had friends. Said friends got paid overtime on Halloween night (holiday pay), so they wanted Erin to get her full friend time. But what do they do? They must prank the old lady next door. You know the one. (the one that acts like me and wants everyone off her lawn.) Nicknamed Cruella by the neighborhood kids she warned them what would happen if even one leaf that they were playing in ended up on her side of the fence.

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The old lady passes away a few months later and she keeps her word by her ghost taunting young Erin at night.

Word gets out that Erin is seeing ghosts and that she is pretty much a weirdo. Nicknamed Ghost Girl she sits by herself at lunch until Abby the new girl sits next to her at lunch.
Thus begins a wonderful friendship.
“You know you’re the first person who I’ve talked to about ghosts in years who hasn’t called me crazy.”
“Oh, you could still be crazy,” I said, “but that doesn’t preclude you from seeing ghosts. Crazy people see ghosts just the same as everybody else. For what it’s worth, you don’t seem crazy.”

And a paranormal investigating club. You guys know these girls were super popular.

They did come up with a catchy jingle:
Ain’t nuthin’ but a ghost thang, baby
We ain’t talking ’bout no Patrick Swayze
Ghosts are real, there ain’t no “maybe”
Why does everyone say we crazy?

Beats me why people thought they were weird.
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The book then delves into more info on the paranormaling stuff. Types of ghosts, ghost hunters from the past and the all important ghost hunting tools.

It does seem like the whole second half of the book is just filler, including pages for you to fill out in your investigating and pages for your notes. Kinda meh after that great start though.
There is one thing I totally could be best friends with these girls on…their lust-fullness for one of the greatest paranormal investigators of all time.
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