Author: Tina Ferraro
Publisher: Leap Books
Description: Half a life is not worth living.
Probably not a good idea to take advice from your dead twin sister. High school sophomore Trisha Traynor and friends have played the Halloween mirror game for years, the one that’s supposed to show a glimpse of the guy they’ll marry. But no one’s ever seen anything.
Until tonight—when Trisha is gob smacked by the candlelit arrival of her long-deceased twin sister, instead of her crush, Kirk Maxwell.
In a voice and vision that only Trisha can hear and see, Chessie claims to be back on a compassionate journey. Trisha fears she's gone nuthouse crazy. But she nonetheless follows the instructions Chessie outlines in their nightly conversations, until she finds herself stepping across some ethical lines, and probably ending all chances with Kirk.
When a sisterly showdown ensues, resulting in the shattering of the mirror, Chessie’s gone again, and a heartsick Trisha sets about righting her recent wrongs. That is, until she stumbles upon the real reason Chessie had come back and the most important glimpse yet that the mirror could never predict.
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MY REVIEW: My rating 5 out 5 stars
I love the world that Tina brings in her novel of Patricia (Trisha) and her (dead) twin Chessie. Trisha is only 15 in this novel and in highschool so you know just with that life is tough, but no she has the crazy life of seeing her dead twin, facing battles of choosing image over herself, trying to get her Bestfriend back and of course her love life which is far more complicated then you could imagine. This story brought on many laughs, frustrations, awww-ings, and tears. Tina shows how in life you make plans and try to execute them but no matter what sometimes reality gets in the way and changes course for you even though you might hate change or its makes you uncomfortable, just like it did for Trisha. I may admit sometimes I was yelling at Trisha in my head for being dumb or blind and also cheering for her when she showed courage! I think it's a a beautifully written novel and I would re-read over again just to experience the funny, crazy, and tearful life of Trisha. May I also say yum at Kirk haha. He was one of my favorite people in this story and was quite charming (may I have a Kirk of my own pleassse?).
I would recommend this story to any ages 13 and up. Yes even older people. It deals with the issues of loss as well as moving on from that loss. I would say anyone who loves a good paranormal, heartfelt story would love this. Thanks so much Tina for letting me experience Trisha and her life as well.
Author Bio: Tina Ferraro been writing since she learned to hold a pencil, and sold upwards of a hundred short stories to national magazines before turning to novels. She is the author of three Random House novels, The ABC’s of Kissing Boys, How to Hook a Hottie and Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress, which have received distinctions such as the ABA Book Sense Award and two RITA nominations.
Her fourth YA, The Starter Boyfriend, has spent time on Amazon’s Top 100 Lists. She lives in Los Angeles with her rocket scientist husband, two cats and whichever of their three young adult children is in town. When not writing, she enjoys playing Facebook Scrabble, swimming, and chasing coyotes out of her neighborhood.
Blurb: My heart beat in all its pulse points. Not about grabbing a bottle of champagne from our basement stash. It would be a cinch since my parents totally trusted me. But did I want to steal for Dawn and J-9? And if I did this once, would they ask again? Would this become a thing?
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