Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Ghosted by Leslie Margolis - OPTIONAL

Ghosted by Leslie Margolis, 243 pages. Farrar Straus Giroux (Macmillan), 2018. $17.

Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG (mean girls); Violence: PG (accident, no blood)



8th grader Ellie "rules the school." Academically she is top of her class, and socially, well, let's say she's very controlling and pretty mean, so she doesn't get much pushback. While decorating for the winter prom, Ellie falls from a tall ladder and has an out of body experience where she, accompanied by a "girl in black", revisits the scenes of her past, present and future - watching her parents divorce, her betrayal of her best friend Marley, and her rise to the person she is today - even seeing what she may become in the future if things don't change.

Told in the format of "A Christmas Carol,"I felt this was an interesting premise, however, Ellie has few redeeming qualities. I think I liked Ellie even less than Scrooge. I get how tough times can make someone bitter and angry, but Margolis takes mean girl to a whole new level, wow. I wasn't even routing for Ellie to change. She's just too mean, and gets away with it.

Lisa Librarian

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