Ill fated, ghostly romance

A Certain Slant of Light - Laura Whitcomb

Opening line: "Someone was looking at me, a disturbing sensation if you're dead."

This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. And even though it's being touted as YA I'll be recommending it to all my friends. It's just a beautiful story of ill fated romance no matter what your age.

A CERTAIN SLANT OF LIGHT tells the story of a girl named Helen who's been dead for 130 years. She is now a ghost or "light" as the author calls her existence. In order to keep from plunging into hell Helen must cling to a human host, never leaving their side. She has had many hosts over her years, her latest being Mr. Brown, an English teacher. It's in his classroom that she meets James, the first person able to see her since she died.

James was "light" until recently when he took over the body of his host during his drug overdose. Helen and James begin meeting and quickly fall in love. Eventually James convinces Helen that she should also inhabit a host so that they can both be human and together they choose Jenny. The only problem with Jenny is that her parents are religious fanatics and James's host Billy is a former drug addict with questionable friends. This makes living their hosts lives and maintaining a relationship kinda tricky.

The writing here is beautiful and the story original and interesting. The obstacles our lovers have to face as they try to find their HEA are incredible. This book had me up late at night and I will be thinking about it for a long time to come. Highly recommended for all ages. Cheers!