Vintage: Book Review

by underdarkness

When I first picked up this book, I honestly thought I wouldn't like it because of its tagline, "A Ghost Story." I have rarely been able to get into books that are so blatantly described as such, but I figured I'd give it a chance.

I'm certainly glad I did. It is a sweet, if enticingly eerie, coming of age story that delicately fits in all we have come to expect in a gay teen's coming out years. Alongside this there is room for first love, gothic interest, a stalking ghost and the best girl friend that every young gay man has. The characters are shockingly believable and give a level of depth within the book's pages.

The unnamed narrator describes his experience with a ghost, Josh, which he came by on a midnight walk on an abandoned stretch of highway. What the narrator first believes to be a dream come true turns into something quite different as the ghost of a handsome jock run down by a drunk driver in the 50's refuses to let him be. As for the rest of the story, you will just have to read it now, won't you?

The way the narrator is portrayed in this book made it extremely easy for me to get into it. He reminded me very much of myself in his descriptions of love, lust and general interest. He is coming to terms with his sexuality with his best friend, Trace, to help guide him. There is no fluff in this book, no boring moments and certainly no reason to put it down.

I highly recommend this book to those interested in gothic fantasy with a mix of ghosts, gay teens, the occult, Ouija and young love. I found it very easy to connect with the main character, having gone through something of a "Goth phase" myself. There is so much intricate detail in this novel that I feel it was definitely worth reading, as the author clearly put a lot of time and effort into creating this wonderful novel. It is a surprisingly easy read with lots of twists, real-life comparisons and intrigue.

I am certainly glad that I didn't turn this book down simply because of its classification as a ghost story and I hope that you don't either.