An orphaned adrenaline junkie falls for a dead girl, and the doomed, love-struck couple learns they can only truly “be together” (cough) in the realm between the living and the dead.
Ghosts—known as Walkers—at St. Osanna’s boarding school have been said to traverse the grounds. Colin, a handsome, popular student famous for daredevil stunts on his bike, has heard these musings, though he thinks them fiction—until he meets Lucy. From the moment that Lucy and Colin meet, their love is cemented, hard and fast. Although one is very much alive with a corporeal body and one isn’t, teenage hormones still palpably buzz, and an almost tragic accident on a frozen lake becomes an opportunity for the pair to physically unite. After, Colin decides to willingly engage in near-death experiences to be with Lucy, but how far will he go to be with the girl—er, spirit?—that he loves? While Colin is handsome and Lucy may have been smart prior to her unfortunate demise, the two of them are completely one-dimensional in their love for each other; it’s the only driving force for them. Readers have to be more than willing to suspend their disbelief and let themselves be pulled along by the unrelenting tide of swooning infatuation. However, the cringe-worthy ending will leave even the most uncompromising romantic grumbling.
For die-hard fans of Bella and Edward only—pun very much intended. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)