Gala was happy living in Wisconsin. Sure, she wasn’t the most popular girl in school, and she wasn’t exactly great with boys, but the 15-year-old had close friends that she loved and a life that, while not always ideal, was still pretty darn good. So when her somewhat flaky mom decides to up and move Gala and her little brother all the way to Florida, Gala is anything but thrilled.
Feeling out of place in the beach town and dealing with a nasty case of lice (ick!) minutes after arriving in town, Gala fears she’ll never settle in to her new surroundings. Then she meets Trista, the ghost of a young girl who used to live in her new house, and things change. Through Gala’s own strong spirit and with the help of Trista’s tacky unicorn necklace, the two form a bond stronger than life and death. But Trista soon finds out that the downside of being food for a hungry ghost may not be worth the benefits.
Food for a Hungry Ghost by Becky M. Pourchot was different from any book I’ve read in a while. It’s definitely not your typical “things that go bump in the night and send you flying under the covers” ghost story. It’s almost more of a coming-of-age tale than a paranormal one. It’s a tale of a girl who is trying to adapt to her new life, a love story with a cute boy who happens to be just as into comics as Gala, and a cautionary tale about clingy friends who will suck the life out of you.
This is a really short book, with only 75 pages total. I read it in about an hour, and that was with interruptions. It almost seemed like a teaser to what will hopefully become a longer story. I really enjoyed the writing style; the words just flowed across the page and pulled me in. However, I would have loved to see this story fleshed out (no pun intended) a bit more. The writing was so enjoyable that I wanted to read more. I wanted to know more about why Gala was able to create such a strong bond with Trista. What is it about Gala that allowed Trista to communicate with her and practically merge with her? I also would have loved to see more of a climatic ending, but on the other hand, the ending did fit well with the overall tone of the book.
If you’re looking for something that you can read in the tub or to escape reality for just a short time, Food for a Hungry Ghost is a great choice. I’m hoping to see a lot more of Gala in the future, and looking forward to finding out more details about her abilities.
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