I really enjoyed this book. So much so that I'm going to add the rest of the series to my wishlist too. :) It was a quick, cute read... Meg obviously writing in the teen and young adult genre since she writes the Princess Diary books too. (I've never read the books though I like the 2 movies I saw.)
I was glad to see Meg's self esteem pick up a bit later in the book, since in the beginning she always seemed to think herself not worthy of having many friends. However, I believe a person's worth to others is only as strong as that which they see in themselves, so a negative self impression is more hurtful to a girl's popularity than anything else.
This book also made me realize that the books I like best always have a strong female (or male) lead; I found myself not liking Suze that much at the beginning of the book, but began to admire her more as she became more sure of herself.
Susannah Simon has just moved across the country to live with her mother, her new stepdad, and her three stepbrothers. She loves the town of Carmel and the Pacific Ocean, but she has MAJOR problems with the house. Particularly as there is a very hot ghost sharing her new bedroom with her.
Suze is a mediator. She sees ghosts and tries to help them move on to the next life by helping them complete a task. Sometimes, however, she is forced to resort to violence. And violence and force will turn out to be everything as she deals with her most vicious ghost yet at her new school: Heather, who committed suicide when her boyfriend broke up with her.
Heather is determined to do anything to regain her old life, and she thinks Suze is taking over her rightful place at school. Heather's increasingly violent nature forces Suze to reluctantly make plans for an exorcism, something that she never likes to do, and something that she hopes Jesse will stay away from, no matter how much he doesn't want her to do it.
Meg Cabot's excellent MEDIATOR series has a catchy start in this first book. Suze is a character, and Jesse the quintessential "perfect man." Suze's interesting interactions with the people in her life will amuse readers for the whole entire series. I highly recommend these books.
I really enjoyed this book. In fact, after recieving this copy in the mail, I went to purchase the second one in the series! It's a great quick read, nothing too in-depth. Meg Cabot once again constructs a young heroine that is fairly independent, but still sometimes needs rescuing from the hot ghost that lives in her bedroom! If you're looking for a nice series about a teenager, romance (very clean-only kissing, and not in the first book!) and paranormal powers, then look this one up.
Overall I really liked this book a lot and I'm glad that it is a series because I want to know more about Suze and Jesse and everything else. Some parts of the book bother me though, one being Suze's character. I guess it's really the wearing of the designer clothes that doesn't quite do it for me. It just doesn't seem to go with her character, but maybe it's just me.