G.P. Putnam’s Sons
September 15th, 2015
It’s summertime in New York City, and aspiring filmmaker Wes Auckerman has just arrived to start his summer term at NYU. While shooting a séance at a psychic’s in the East Village, he meets a mysterious, intoxicatingly beautiful girl named Annie.
As they start spending time together, Wes finds himself falling for her, drawn to her rose petal lips and her entrancing glow. But there’s something about her that he can’t put his finger on that makes him wonder about this intriguing hipster girl from the Village. Why does she use such strange slang? Why does she always seem so reserved and distant? And, most importantly, why does he only seem to run into her on one block near the Bowery? Annie’s hiding something, a dark secret from her past that may be the answer to all of Wes’s questions . . .
I snagged this book with one of my Audible credits after reading Ricki Jill’s review of it. The idea of a modern day ghost story like this sounded exciting, and I couldn’t wait to start listening to it. The story is easy to follow, even as it switches between two points of view and different timelines, and it was actually pretty impressive how the author pulled off these transitions. I’m sure listening to the audio book with two different voice actors helped even more to follow the different stories and points of view.
Annie was a fantastic character. I loved following her timeline and listening to her flashbacks and how her thoughts differentiated from the time she lived in. She spoke of her siblings and her lover with real emotion, and she really detailed what it felt like to walk the streets with all their smells and sounds. Wes, on the other hand, was probably the reason I added the “minus” to the A rating. I felt like the author isn’t entirely that in touch with what a young male would sound like, as some of the language he used sounded a bit too… flowery. Or maybe over descriptive? Maybe it can be added up to the fact that he is kind of an artsy type with his film studies, but I still feel like he may not have been that in his head with a sort of… Jane Austen quality to the way he described the girls he interacted with? I just wasn’t feeling it.
Overall, I really enjoyed the story and finding all the twists and turns. I did figure out most of them by about 3/4ths the way through the book, but there were one or two that still surprised me. I also enjoy the fact that even though this is a ghost story, the word “ghost” isn’t even used. They refuse to say it, as if it makes the situation all too real for them, and instead opt to substitute “RipVanWinkle” instead.
It was a fun read/listen, and I’d recommend giving it a go if you’re into paranormal YA and ghost tales.