Angelina’s Secret is a quick and fun read. I love the concept of a ghost story where the ghosts aren’t (all) scary. Instead they are quirky, fun, and mischievous.
I found Angelina to be a very relatable character. It is refreshing to have a main character that isn’t from a massively dysfunctional family. She has a good relationship with her parents, (even though they don’t always see eye to eye) and a great relationship with her brother. She is funny and smart, and when she finally accepts her ‘gift,’ she’ll do anything to help her friends.
However, she’s in a tie for my favorite character. I loved Josie, the resident ghost in Angelina’s house. Her dated language and attempts to be “cool” made me laugh out loud. And, although she has some serious issues, I have a soft spot for Kobi. She gets second place on my list.
The plot of the book is fast-paced, and the reader is left guessing right up until the last chapter, which is brilliant, by the way. Although Angelina’s Secret isn’t a romance novel by any stretch of the imagination, there are multiple mini “love dramas” that we’ve all come to know and love in any high-school setting.
You don’t really need to read the prequel to this book, “Angelina’s Friend,” to understand the story, but it does add a level of understanding, especially for Angelina’s mom. And since it is a free download from Spencer Hill Press, you might as well.
Over-all, this was a well-crafted and entertaining book with a unique plotline. I highly recommend it and hope to see more Angelina books in the future.
Rating 5/5 stars
YA notes: none.