LIFE AFTER THEFT
You’ll be laughing out loud at Pike’s unusual and snarky characters. Her heroine, a ghost who was definitely no angel while alive, and a do-gooder hero are hysterical and real. A plot delving into the harsh world of popularity, addiction and bullying lends depth. A winner.
Kimberlee Schaffer is haunting her old high school with no hope of ever being seen — that is, until new boy Jeff Clayson shows up. Jeff is determined to fit in, but that all changes when he realizes he’s the only one who can see Kimberlee. In order to help her move on, Kimberlee and Jeff must return everything she stole while alive. But Kimberlee begins to worry about what will happen when they achieve their goal. (HARPERTEEN, May, 352 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780061999000, HC, 13 & Up)