This just might be the best book you pick up all year. The Ghost In Love is an ideal read for those among you who prefer your titles to be almost completely irrelevant! Or maybe you have read the back-flap, and are so sympathetic to the GLBT movement that the very idea of a female ghost being in love with a female non-ghost, however afterthoughty and tacked-on the subplot may be, will encourage you to pick up a book?
The Ghost in Love will also tickle you pink if you enjoy being pummelled with WTF moments every few pages. Par example: The dog has begun to reveal some potentially enlightening information (a WTF in itself) when *suspense builder!* it smells a female dog in heat and runs off! What would it have said! But then, oh no! No horny bitch for you, doggy. Your owner conjured that smell because YOU KNOW SOMETHING, and he’s nervous about what you’ll reveal. Also, your owner can conjure the smell of a female dog in heat! WTF’s all round!
Or maybe you like characters doing weird-ass shit, like putting both their hands on top of someone’s head and then kissing their own hands, because they don’t have the ‘nerve’ to kiss them directly (even though I think it takes more nerve to do something so socially bizarre). Or maybe you like them to be woefully naive, to say things like, ‘Why would you want to make [your old girlfriend] feel bad’ when durrr, it’s what boyfriends do. Or to jump to baseless conclusions and have those conclusions be correct? Or to give themselves mad props because, in a moment of dire peril, their only concern is for their ex-lover and their old dog?
Perhaps you like your sentences to be entirely lacking in predicates? Subjects alone!
Do you enjoy poignant moments rich with meaning that you don’t understand, and then whole paragraphs explaining why it is deep and symbolic that someone’s science teacher would show up here, now, with his breath smelling like some obscure Middle-Eastern dish? A sort of ‘ah-hah’ moment going the wrong direction?
Can I interest you in some ‘yo-mama’ jokes? And a smidgen of cringey alliteration thrown into tense moments? Perhaps some action that sounds like stage direction, a bit of ‘she pointed to her chest with two fingers and shook her head’?
I have for you here some teensy-bit-of-plot-movement; BARRAGE-OF-CHARACTER-DESCRIPTION!! Let me tell you, halfway through the book and while she’s busy crossing the streed, that this character loves her job! Let me tell WHY she loves her job! Let me tell you ALL ABOUT her job, and then never reference her job again!
If, on the other hand, you voted No on Proposition All These Things, then maybe steer clear.