Ghost of a Chance
Laura Peyton Roberts
Laurel Leaf, 2006 (1997)
Reviewed by J. A. Kaszuba Locke
The Queen of Second Place
will welcome Laura Peyton Roberts'
Ghost of a Chance
. The cast includes Melissa Soul, best friend Chloe Hart, best friend's gorgeous brother Chaz, and mysterious, funny (with the bluest eyes), cute James Harding - a ghostly presence. James is a haunt at the Hart's new house.
Chloe is a great friend, though she does daring things like wearing her date's tuxedo to the Junior Prom and convincing Josh to wear her gown. She is never short of boyfriends, as every male in school drools when she walks by.
, who sees herself as
and pretty, has a crush on Chaz Hart, but that dims in comparison to James and his ghostly charms. But, oops, complications - James may be in love with Chloe, who tells Melissa that Josh Stone really likes her, not Chloe, and is shy about asking her out.
nd it's only a few days before school breaks for the summer ... Yea! More time for Melissa to spend at Chloe's house, where she can
James. Melissa wonders '
Why is love so complicated?
' Adding further confusion to her life, Melissa's parents are divorcing, and nine-year old brother Nathan requires regular babysitting (resulting in sibling spats). Melissa and Chloe argue, Dad Soul is seen with a
in a restaurant, Mom Soul has an interest at the gym, and it seems James is a two-timer, who loves both Lissa and Chloe.
oberts writes a heartening story at a delightfully brisk pace, with rollicking anecdotes throughout Melissa's narration. I wouldn't mind reading more books starring Melissa and Chloe - what a pair - and as for the author - what a storyteller!
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