Book Review: PAST MIDNIGHT by Mara Purnhagen

Past Midnight
first book in the Past Midnight series
by Mara Purnhagen
Publication Date: September 1, 2010
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
ISBN: 0373210205
Source: Netgalley
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Let me set the record straight. My name is Charlotte Silver and I'm not one of those paranormal-obsessed freaks you see on TV…no, those would be my parents, who have their own ghost-hunting reality show. And while I'm usually roped into the behind-the-scenes work, it turns out that I haven't gone unnoticed. Something happened on my parents' research trip in Charleston—and now I'm being stalked by some truly frightening other beings. Trying to fit into a new school and keeping my parents' creepy occupation a secret from my friends—and potential boyfriends—is hard enough without having angry spirits whispering in my ear. All I ever wanted was to be normal, but with ghosts of my pastand present colliding, now I just want to make it out of high school alive….
Imagine yourself having parents that are chasing ghosts just to disprove them; and everyone school knows them (and by association, you) because they have their own show where they'd show their 'findings'. Down goes your normal life and everybody is hounding you - either to mock you or ask you something ghost-related.

And Charlotte Silver has that life.

While I had fun reading it, the plot was not really out there. It was one of those in-between things - while I did not really outright like it, I also didn't love it. Does that make sense?

It was the characters that I really, really liked how Purnhagen twist their tales about. Charlotte was, as per usual, the awkward, new girl who just wanted to fit in with the rest of the school population; yet, it was a hard thing to do when one was wary about people (and with the whole parents-in-a-reality-show-about-ghosts thing). But, I was pleasantly surprised when the cheerleaders came and welcomed her to the school and the group despite her 'lowly' status. As we all know, the cheerleaders are usually the bitch factor in a YA novel who are going to make the lead character's life miserable. It was not so in this book and what a breather! It also turns out that the head cheerleader had a story to tell.

Another thing, even though Charlotte had this major crush on the obvious guy, it did not go as such. And Charlotte ends up (or so the ending went) with the boy-next-door (the type, not her neighbor).

But I am looking forward to the sequel, One Hundred Candles and I would like to read more if Charlotte would retain her 'ghost whisperer' abilities.


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