Hardcover, 288 pages
Expected publication: November 17th 2020 by HarperTeen
A 2 star read
Daffodil is freshly out of high school and on her way to college. She cuts her train ride to her college short to find a summer job in a small town. Through nothing but sheer luck she finds a professor who is in need of a house sitter for his mansion. Daffodil can’t believe her luck, especially due to the amount the professor is willing to pay her for this task.
But as time goes by she feels as if something is amiss with the mansion and the people surrounding her. Not only that, but her past is also trying to catch up with her.
When I first requested This Is Not a Ghost Story on Netgalley, I wasn’t aware that it was a YA novel. I only read the blurb and it sounded creepy enough for me. That being said, I’m definitely not the targeted age group this book. I did read it regardless, but I found little to enjoy.
For one, the protagonist, Daffodil, is trying way too hard to be witty. No one would tell a story like that, especially not a 17 year old girl all on her own. It just didn’t work for me.
It also wasn’t very creepy, which I get it’s YA, but I found very little horror elements in all. Thinking back to what I read at 15 years old, for example, I doubt I would’ve found this creepy or suspenseful. The pacing of the book was also a bit odd, and felt jumbled in some places. I’m not sure if that was intended or not.
It ended up being a love story more than anything, so I’m not sure why the blurb mentions American Horror Story (which is one of my favorite shows). I did appreciate the ending even if it was a bit abrupt. It was definitely a good twist.
Thank you for this review copy Netgalley and HarperTeen.