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Delilah and Gavin’s new love is threatened by a force uncomfortably close to home in this haunting novel from New York Times bestselling duo Christina Lauren, authors of Beautiful Bastard.His shirt is black, jeans are black, and shaggy black hair falls into his eyes. And when Gavin looks up at Delilah, the dark eyes shadowed with bluish circles seem to flicker to life. He lives in that house, the one at the edge of town. Spooky and maybe haunted. Something worse than haunted. And Gavin is trapped by its secrets. Delilah and Gavin can’t resist each other. But staying together will exact a price beyond their imagining.Pages: 384
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Genres: Horror & Ghost Stories, Love & Romance, New Experience, Social Issues, Young Adult
He lives in that house, the one at the edge of town. Spooky and maybe haunted. Something worse than haunted. And Gavin is trapped by its secrets.
This is not your typical Christina Lauren book. This is written as YA and they nailed it.
Say what you want, but once I started this book, I couldn’t put it down. It was fun and interesting and I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen. What would come of Gavin, house and the relationship between Gavin and Delilah? It was definitely written for a younger audience. It is completely safe for your high schooler to read, but there are a few intimate scenes that would be up to the parent’s discretion.
Physiologically this book was creepier than scary – never knowing what is watching or how. The concept was so great – the idea that the house would raise a boy. The house would become possessive, at first as a loving and kind act and then as… it was so interesting. More so, that the house consisted of many personalities all living under one roof. This escalated the wonder and creep factor. Wonder when you first meet house and all its inhabitants and then creepy when you understand its attachment and power where Gavin is concerned. There were parallels throughout the story between house’s feelings and that of parents who are watching their child leave home. House has everything a haunted house and scary books requires. It is creepy and doesn’t look like a typical home. It has aged and grown with Gavin over the years. So no wonder it would feel a loss at the idea that he would leave it.
Delilah and Gavin can’t resist each other. But staying together will exact a price beyond their imagining.
Now I have read a few reviews of this book already and I keep seeing this book described as an instalove relationship. I personally did not feel this. As two outcasts who recognized their counterparts as children and reconnected in high school. They had a history. She showed him kindness when no one else did, That kind of thing is not easily forgotten. She always felt like an outsider and she knew he would understand and accept her. Additionally, they are in high school aren’t all relationships in high school kind of rushed? Teens needs their friends more than they need their family. It’s a social thing. Or whatever. The point is, when you read YA remember that it is written for that demographic. Adjust and accept. 😉
Delilah was bold and dauntless. She was a great character. I adored her from the very beginning. She took a sledgehammer to her fears and raced right through them. She was the kind of heroine anyone would love. Gavin was so quiet and content that he never questions the world as he knew it. They needed to come together to balance each other.
The biggest thing was that this was a high school romance. As the reader I was not as much rooting for these two to end up together and live happily ever after so much as I was rooting for their independence. For them to be allowed to grow and break free from the over protective ways of house and the aloof ways of Delilah’s parents. They clung to each other because they needed to. It was what teenagers do, but it was also what they both needed. She was so neglected at home. And he needed human contact. This wasn’t anti parent by any means, but it was a coming of age tale. House was the thing of wonder. I can understand how she was charmed by it at first.
This book has great movie potential. I think it would make a kick ass movie for the Halloween season. There were enough twists and unanswered questions in this story to keep you guessing.
4 solid YA stars!
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