Absent

 

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Forever is a long time to be stuck in high school

Paige is dead. She's become a ghost, permanently bound to the grounds of her high school with only two misfit dead kids for company. Paige watches as everyone she knows moves on with their lives, toward graduation, toward the future, while she stands still. But then a rumor that her death wasn't an accident but a suicide leads a desperate Paige to discover that she can possess her former classmates. Now she has a chance to live again, not just one life, but many, leading her closer to the truth about her death and her life.

 

Bank Street Best Books of the Year, YA Fantasy 2014

International Literacy Association, Honor Book, 2014

 
A brilliant woven story about ghosts, death, grief, the afterlife, our impressions of ourselves and other people, and high school. Excellent.
— Stacked
Sharp, poignant narration will keep readers engaged and entertained.
— Publishers Weekly
A thriller... which leads to an unexpectedly transcendent and moving finale.
— Kirkus Reviews
Readers will be engrossed until the very end.
— School Library Journal
Readers may be reminded of The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman... interesting and thought-provoking, this book reminds readers how complex humans are.
— Reading Today
Compelling combination of ghost story, mystery, and unconventional romance.
— The Horn Book Magazine
A suspenseful mystery that sneaks up on you...Paige herself sets the story apart.
— Booklist Online
An honest peek into the sometimes cruel, yet often fun-loving life of teenagers.
— Library Media Connection
[A] heartfelt story of a girl whose coming of age comes, sadly, after she’s already dead.
— Stories and Sweeties
A quick and appealing tale.
— The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, recommended