Marly’s Ghost by David Levithan
Published by: Speak
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Contemporary, Romance
Date Read: 11/10/2016
When Ben’s girlfriend, Marly, dies, he feels his life is over and the prospect of Valentine’s day without her fills him with bitterness. But then Marly arrives – or at least, her ghost does – along with three other spirits. Now Ben must take a journey through Valentines past, present and future – and what he learns will change him forever.
I have mixed feelings about Marly’s Ghost, I was quite disappointed with this book. Ben’s girlfriend Marly dies and he becomes bitter and no longer believes in the goodness of love. Marly’s ghost turns up and brings three other spirits with her for Ben to experience Valentines past, present and future. This is a modern day retelling of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens with a Valentine’s twist to it.
Rather than focusing on Christmas, Marly’s Ghost focuses on love and Valentine’s Day. While I really enjoyed reading more of David Levithan’s work, I felt that this book was a bit unoriginal in plot. I never found myself truly captivated by the story though I was interested in some of the events that took place in the past, present and future.
The writing is very simple and doesn’t have the same lyricism that some of Levithan’s other books have. But the emotional aspect was definitely there. The story is heart-warming and provides a good message that you don’t have to forget those you have loved but you have to remember to live your life. Not my favourite David Levithan book, but still an enjoyable, quick read.