Barnholdt, Lauren The Harder the Fall, 229 pgs. Aladdin, 2013. $6.99 Language: PG (14 swears most diety); Mature Content: PG; Violence: G.
12-year-old Kendall Williams can see dead people. In fact, they seek her out. She has the ability to help them pass on, but she can't tell anyone about it. They'll think she's crazy. When Kendall and her best friend Ellie try out a new salon for a manicure, Kendall meets Lyra, who is dead, but apparently has some unfinished business. Lyra’s brother Micah is a manicurist at the salon, and is very cute, but Kendall has a boyfriend, Brandon. Brandon’s mother has also passed away and won’t leave Kendall alone. She doesn’t want her son and Kendall involved, and this ghost has some scary abilities.
This is book 2 in the Girl Meets Ghost series, but Barnholt does a great job of filling in the reader with just enough to continue the story without giving anything away. The reader will want to go back and read book 1. A delightful story; funny, suspenseful, it bit scary but nothing gory, and just enough romance.
EL, MS - ADVISABLE Lisa Librarian