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Book Review: Word Ghost by Christine Paice - Reviewed by Ronnie293 (04 Jun 2014)
The Word Ghost is written in the first person as told by Rebecca. She is assumed to be a normal teenage girl with an infatuation for Dave, a local boy she sees on her way to school each day. When Dave returns her affection she is living her dream. To me Rebecca is far from normal. Unlike most 16 year olds she has a very deep perception of the world around her. Her best friend is 'Jayne Eyre' a character from a book and she talks to her all the time. Maybe Rebecca had a case of middle child syndrome. She always talks about her older sister Maggie as beautiful and a shining light. Her younger sister Emily was happy and excitable always talking about pop stars and acting like a normal teenager. Rebecca was more introverted, a thinker, tending to immerse herself in books. She describes herself as a great romantic, consumed with finding love. I think after the move when she lost Dave she found Algernon. He couldn’t be taken away from her. He was hers alone. Augusta to me was Rebecca’s dark side. I honestly didn’t like Alex March. He really gave me the creeps and I wanted bad things to happen to him. I despised the way he took advantage of a young girl who was trying to find her way in life and love.
The prose is very poetical and if you like poetry and hidden meaning this novel will appeal. I was disappointed at the ending, it was a little flat and I was hoping for something a little more dramatic. Even though I found Rebecca a little weird I really enjoyed this book. 3.5-4 stars from me.
Christine Paice is a poet, and writer. She has published two collections of poetry: Mad Oaks and Staring At The Aral Sea. Her children's book, The Great Rock Whale, was published by Hachette Australia in 2009. Christine's work has been published four times in the Black Inc Best Australian Poems series and she won the prestigious Josephine Ulrick Award for poetry in 2009. In 2010 Christine became the University of Wollongong's inaugural Janet Cosh Poet, resulting in the work Collecting the Collector. Christine facilitates creative writing and poetry workshops, and also works as a creative writing mentor. She lives with her family in Willow Vale, New South Wales.
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