I Was a Teenage Ghost Hunter by Brian K. Henry | Book Review
Updated: Mar 27, 2021
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Devin has been phasing out and seeing odd things out of the corner of his eye. Nayra seems convinced he's seeing ghosts, but Devin refuses to believe her. When she decides to post online about Devin seeing ghosts his whole school catches on and the teasing begins. To make matters worse, Devin's friends are determined to draw out his ghost powers. When the three visit an abandoned house by the marsh, Devin will come to realize, maybe what everyone was saying is true.
I think this is a great book for early teens. The writing style is simple and to the point. Devin is a character I think many teenage boys can connect to. His antics and way of thinking are in line with the age group. I also appreciate a young adult book that remains appropriate for the age group without detailed sex scenes that seem to be the running trend now.
When Devin begins being bullied at school, some may view it as over the top, but let's be honest, this type of bullying is happening. Devin's attitude and withdrawal are right in line with the amount of teasing he undergoes.
I would have liked to see more time with Devin's father. It was a bit odd he was referenced by his first name instead of by father, or dad. It made me believe they didn't have a great relationship, but there wasn't enough story between the two to confirm this. Devin's father was away for most of the story on a work trip. If this was something frequent, then I could see their relationship being stretched thin. But if this is the case Devin should have been commenting on it and letting the reader feel the emotions behind it.
Around page 49 it seems like an old chapter draft was kept in the story. The writing abruptly started repeating itself, and the turn of events changed a bit. There were also cases of font changing in the eBook. Unfortunately, I did have to take a star out for not having proper formatting and proofreading throughout the novel. I think if this had another round of editing, it would be a much stronger story.
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