Give Up the Ghost by Megan Crewe

Give Up the Ghost
Megan Crewe
Release Date: September 15, 2009
Publisher: Henry Holt
Pages: 244

Rating: 5 stars

Cass McKenna much prefers the company of ghosts over “breathers.” Ghosts are uncomplicated and dependable, and they know the dirt on everybody… and Cass loves dirt. She’s on a mission to expose the dirty secrets of the poseurs in her school.

But when the vice president of the student council discovers her secret, Cass’s whole scheme hangs in the balance. Tim wants her to help him contact his recently deceased mother, and Cass reluctantly agrees.

As Cass becomes increasingly entwined in Tim’s life, she’s surprised to realize he’s not so bad–and he needs help more desperately than anyone else suspects. Maybe it’s time to give the living another chance…

I had been looking forward to Give Up the Ghost since I first heard about it! I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, but what I found I absolutely loved! I simply fell in love with the story and the characters. What a spectacular debut from Megan Crewe!

Give Up the Ghost had everything going for it! There was a bit of everything – humor, sadness, serious moments, happiness, and a bit of romance.

Right away I fell in love with the main character Cass. She was the outsider after an incident in middle school, and now is the opposite of her perfect sister. She was funny and powerful character, never afraid to speak her mind. Tim is another character you see an awful lot of, and I loved him as well. Tim’s friends with Cass ex-best friend who was responsible for her becoming an outsider, so right away you see the tension towards Tim from Cass. There were times I really would’ve liked to see Tim open a bit more. Two other characters I really enjoyed were the 2 ghosts that “haunt” Cass’s high school – Norris and Bitzy. They both cracked me up to no end, and brought so much to the story.

The whole plot of the story intrigued me. I loved hearing all the gossip the ghosts had to report. There were times I had no clue where the plot was going with its little twists and turns. One aspect I do wish Megan Crewe had explored a bit more was how Cass came to have her powers. You do find out, but a bit more would’ve been really interesting.

Give Up the Ghost is a book to be read when you have quite a bit of time to read, because let me tell you, it is quite the gripping page turner. I cannot wait for another book by Megan Crewe!


  1. Alexia561 says

    Really liked your review! Hadn't heard about this title before, but it sounds like a fun read. Will be adding it to my wishlist. Thanks!

  2. Amanda S. says

    I did like this book too I was hoping there were going to be more to this book but it was a stand alone :( I love Cass and her ghosts helping putting the in crowd in their places.


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