Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy, Paranormal
Publication Date: May 1, 2014
Publisher: Dial (Penguin Books USA)
Format: Hardcover // 346 pages
Other books by Ann Dee Ellis: This is What I Did, Everything is Fine
Emmy's best friend Kim had promised to visit from the afterlife after she died. But so far Kim hasn't shown up even once. Emmy blames herself for not believing hard enough. Finally, as the one-year anniversary of Kim's death approaches, Emmy is visited by a ghost — but it's not Kim. It's Emmy’s awful dead science teacher.
Emmy can't help but think that she's failed at being a true friend. But as more ghosts appear, she starts to realize that she's not alone in her pain. Kim would have wanted her to move forward — and to do that, Emmy needs to start letting go.
The first half of this book was a little boring. I know that it is supposed to be "background knowledge" for the rest of the story, but I felt as if it could have been a little more captivating. However, throughout the entire book, I did enjoy learning about Emmy, the main character, and her friendship with Kim. They were both very unique and quirky, which was quite refreshing to read. The exploration of how Emmy deals with Kim's death was truly intriguing and different than anything I've ever read.
The whole "seeing ghosts" thing was the only paranormal part of this book, and I surprisingly liked it! Her conversations with her science teacher and other ghosts added depth to the story and made it a little more interesting to read.