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When I was a teen back in the 90's I fell in love with a book and sadly I can't recall the title or the author. I'm pretty sure it was a YA novel, so if the description sounds familiar please let me know.
Ok it was about a young girl who was murdered by being pushed off a balcony at a party. She comes back as a ghost because she doesn't know who killed her or why she was murdered. I think the book was either part of a series or there was a sequel. She'es guided through her expeirence as a ghost by a friend who had commited suicide a few years before and was being punished for it. I think but not 100% sure that eventually they fall in love and get reincarnated.
After more than 10 years I'm pretty impressed I remember that much lol. I'm pretty sure it was by a pretty popular YA fantasy/horror author...so any ideas would be greatly appreicated =)
Remember Me by Christopher Pike?
Here's a synopsis:
"Shari is dead, and she knows that she didn't kill herself. So rather than merging with the cosmos as other spirits do, she lingers near the world of the living, determined to find her murderer. Fortunately for Shari, she is not alone in the hereafter. She finds a kindred spirit in Peter, the ghost of a boy she went to high school with. The ethereal duo discover Shari's killer in time to prevent another murder. But their techniques are not typical: rather, they solve the mystery by spying on old friends, attempting to communicate through a Ouija board, entering people's dreams and confronting the darker aspects of their own souls. The novel's central mystery, though somewhat contrived, moves along briskly. Plenty of action combined with several creepy seance scenes keep the pages turning. However, although the novel makes it clear that both Peter and Shari would rather be alive, some may question the prudence of presenting young readers with such a seductive vision of life after death. Ages 12-up. "
And a review:
"Remember Me is a book that I pick up every so often and read the story is that powerful. Shari Cooper is dead. She doesn't realize it at first but when no one seems to see her it's the only thing that makes sense. But that's just the beginning of her problems everyone thinks Shari killed herself. They think she jumped off the balcony but Shari can't remember.
She knows she has to go into the light but how can she when everyone thinks that she killed herself. Shari has to clear her name and discovers secrets she could have never imagined. A book that will make you think of life and death in ways you never imagined. Christopher Pikes best book to date! "
I hope this is the book you're looking for!
I'm glad that I could help. It actually didn't take me too long to find.
About a year ago I went crazy trying to find a book I had read in Elementary school. Everyone I asked thought I had dreamt it up. Luckily someone else remembered the story. It feels good to reread books from when one was younger.
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