Ghosted in L.A.: Volume 1

Boom! Box. Apr. 2020. 112p. pap. $14.99. ISBN 9781684155057.
Gr 9 Up–When Daphne moves across the country to go to college with her boyfriend, she’s ghosted by everyone. Her best friend doesn’t agree with Daphne’s decision to move and won’t speak to her. She gets an icy reception from her new roommate, and her boyfriend breaks up with her. Still reeling, Daphne stumbles into the seemingly abandoned Rycroft Manor and encounters its ghostly inhabitants. This tale is a treat for anyone who has ever felt out of place. Teens who feel like they don’t fit in will see much of themselves in Daphne’s predicament, and the ghosts, too, have stories of struggling to find a home before Rycroft. The art is bright and vibrant, with details that bring the story to life. While some aspects may strain credulity, such as Daphne’s ready acceptance of the afterlife and how quickly she’s welcomed into the fold at Rycroft, readers won’t mind as the story zooms along and Daphne learns to live with the dead. A cliff-hanger ending ensures that readers will be anxiously awaiting a sequel.
VERDICT Hand this to readers who like their coming-of-age stories with a generous scoop of the supernatural.

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