Book Reviews of Vintage

Vintage
Vintage
Author: Steve Berman
ISBN-13: 9781560236313
ISBN-10: 1560236310
Publication Date: 3/1/2007
Pages: 164
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 5 ratings
Publisher: Haworth Positronic Press
Book Type: Paperback
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Reviewed by JodiG. for TeensReadToo.com

What would be more difficult to tell your friends and family: that you are gay or that you can see ghosts?

Late one night, a teenage boy encounters a ghost while walking along a dark stretch of road. The ghost is that of a handsome high school athlete who was killed on that same road in 1957. Now the main character finds himself drawn into an obsessive relationship with the ghost. One that seems to get more dangerous with every encounter.

In addition to his troubled love life, the narrator is in the midst of a family and emotional crisis. While learning to accept his sexual orientation, without exactly "coming out," he has found himself rejected by his own parents. He now lives with his Aunt Jan, who is loving and generous, but will she accept him if she knows he is gay?

With the help of his best friend, Trace, he sets out to help the spirits find peace while trying to find a bit of peace for himself.

Steve Berman has created a clever mix of urban myth, Goth, and ghost story while also tackling the confusing issues as a teen deals with his sexual orientation. VINTAGE is a clever and haunting story with some delightfully creepy scenes.
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I really enjoyed this young adult mystery/ghost story and read it fast. The characters were unique, and the ghost intriguing and a little creepy. I loved the sweet romance (even if it was a little underdeveloped).

Highly recommended.
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Ghost stories are not my usual genre. Received this book as a freebie from the publisher (Lethe Press). So for a free book, surely I can make myself finish it and write a few kind words? Hah, you make it so easy Mr. Berman!

Solid writing, well paced, and interesting. After just a couple pages, there was no forcing myself to read this one! A little goth, teen angst, coming of age, and only a bit scary.

Easy to recommend to readers of all ages (except those offended by alternative lifestyles). Off-hand I don't recall any content that would challenge the YA (Young Adult) rating. Enjoyable for adult readers too!
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Reviewed by JodiG. for TeensReadToo.com

What would be more difficult to tell your friends and family: that you are gay or that you can see ghosts?

Late one night, a teenage boy encounters a ghost while walking along a dark stretch of road. The ghost is that of a handsome high school athlete who was killed on that same road in 1957. Now the main character finds himself drawn into an obsessive relationship with the ghost. One that seems to get more dangerous with every encounter.

In addition to his troubled love life, the narrator is in the midst of a family and emotional crisis. While learning to accept his sexual orientation, without exactly "coming out," he has found himself rejected by his own parents. He now lives with his Aunt Jan, who is loving and generous, but will she accept him if she knows he is gay?

With the help of his best friend, Trace, he sets out to help the spirits find peace while trying to find a bit of peace for himself.

Steve Berman has created a clever mix of urban myth, Goth, and ghost story while also tackling the confusing issues as a teen deals with his sexual orientation. VINTAGE is a clever and haunting story with some delightfully creepy scenes.
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What a wonderfully creepy story. Love the way that the author managed to get across the feelings of dread that intensified as the story progressed. Also, the coming out theme was handled well I thought. Seeing the parallels between the ghost and the medium were interesting. Especially so when the medium thought he was being outed to his Aunt. I read this story late into the night, then got up early the next day to finish it.

A sweet love story is also present. Nice that it didn't get overpowered by the ghostly aspects of the story. Nothing explicit, so IMO suitable for teens and up. I especially loved the graveyard scenes, though the first one was intense enough it might be scary for younger teens.
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Reviewed by JodiG. for TeensReadToo.com

What would be more difficult to tell your friends and family: that you are gay or that you can see ghosts?

Late one night, a teenage boy encounters a ghost while walking along a dark stretch of road. The ghost is that of a handsome high school athlete who was killed on that same road in 1957. Now the main character finds himself drawn into an obsessive relationship with the ghost. One that seems to get more dangerous with every encounter.

In addition to his troubled love life, the narrator is in the midst of a family and emotional crisis. While learning to accept his sexual orientation, without exactly "coming out," he has found himself rejected by his own parents. He now lives with his Aunt Jan, who is loving and generous, but will she accept him if she knows he is gay?

With the help of his best friend, Trace, he sets out to help the spirits find peace while trying to find a bit of peace for himself.

Steve Berman has created a clever mix of urban myth, Goth, and ghost story while also tackling the confusing issues as a teen deals with his sexual orientation. VINTAGE is a clever and haunting story with some delightfully creepy scenes.
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The plot suffered from the length of the book - too much for a short story, but not enough for a full-length novel. Still, the characters and setting were very well done.