2007: 175. Lily’s Ghosts

“The historic city of Cape May, New Jersey, is famous for three things: Victorian homes frosted pink and white as the sweetest cakes, sun-washed beaches littered with “diamonds”, and many befuddled ghosts.”

Lily’s Ghosts, Laura Ruby

This is a silly young adult book that I purchased to round out an Amazon shipment, so I could get the free super saver shipping.  I’m not even sure where I heard about it - maybe bookshelves of doom?  It’s cute enough - I really liked the underlying premise, the notion that there are ghosts drifting about who don’t know they are ghosts and can cause us a bit of trouble as a result (in fact, the whole subplot with the ghost who mistakes Lily for her enemy and causes her trouble - and then we find out she has done this to numerous other strangers, always thinking that this one is her enemy, was my favorite part of the book, even if it had nothing to do with the plot!).  The actual plot - a girl and her mother move back to their family home, only to be confronted with family ghosts (both of the figurative and literal kind) was pretty good.  The ending totally fell apart into goofiness, which was too bad, but all in all this is a cute book with a real emotional core to it (Lily’s dealing with her single mother and their life) as well as a neat premise (the aforementioned ghosts).


Recommended for: Young readers who like the supernatural, natives of Cape May New Jersey


Date/Place Completed: 11/3/07; D.C.

Categories: young adult, fiction

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017