Thursday, March 31, 2011

Review - Spooky Little Girl by Laurie Notaro

Title: Spooky Little Girl (Amazon)
Author: Laurie Notaro
Publisher: Villard Books
Release Date: 2010
Pages: 293
Genre: YA
Source: Library


Coming home from a Hawaiian vacation with her best girlfriends, Lucy Fisher is stunned to find everything she owns tossed out on her front lawn, the locks changed, and her fiancé’s phone disconnected—plus she’s just lost her job. With her world spinning wildly out of her control, Lucy decides to make a new start and moves upstate to live with her sister and nephew.
But then things take an even more dramatic turn: A fatal encounter with public transportation lands Lucy not in the hereafter but in the nearly hereafter. She’s back in school, learning the parameters of spooking and how to become a successful spirit in order to complete a ghostly assignment. If Lucy succeeds, she’s guaranteed a spot in the next level of the afterlife—but until then, she’s stuck as a ghost in the last place she would ever want to be.
Trying to avoid being trapped on earth for all eternity, Lucy crosses the line between life and death and back again when she returns home. Navigating the perilous channels of the paranormal, she’s determined to find out why her life crumbled and why, despite her ghastly death, no one seems to have noticed she’s gone. But urgency on the spectral plane—in the departed person of her feisty grandmother, who is risking both their eternal lives—requires attention, and Lucy realizes that you get only one chance to be spectacular in death. (Goodreads)

Kim’s take:

This was a very fun, lighthearted, and quick read. The story follows Lucy Fisher who experiences nothing but misfortune when she returns from a vacation to Hawaii. She returns home to find all of her belongings on the front lawn except for her beloved dog. Unable to get in contact with her fiancé, Lucy has no choice but to load her things up and stay with a friend. Ultimately, she moves in with her sister in a nearby town. The next day she is killed. But Lucy doesn’t realize she is dead right away. When she wakes up, she finds herself in what appears to be a hospital bed. She soon finds out that she is at a school that teaches the deceased to become ghosts. She must complete a mission as a ghost before she can make her way into “The State” which is heaven. Once she wakes up in the last place she would want to be to complete her mission, Lucy discovers her friends are not even aware that she is dead. The story is very funny. And when she gets stuck babysitting her grandmother’s ghost, it only gets funnier. I really liked the story. The characters were not very deep which wasn’t even necessary for such a short adventure book. Laurie Notaro has several books out and I will be checking those out to see if they are as funny as this one!

Kim’s Rating: 4/5


  1. It sounds like a very funny book!
    I'm going to keep an eye out for it, in case I see it.

    Thanks for the review!

  2. I've never heard of this one before, but it sounds downright quirky. Fab review! :)

  3. I hadn't heard of this one before but WOW! You sold me! It sounds really really good! Fantastic review :)