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Supernatural Seventh Grader Saves Spirits and Says “Screw You” to Superficial Pseudo-Friends

17 Jul

Book: Suddenly Supernatural: School Spirit

Origin: Library

Note: This was the first time I’d been to the 42nd Street Children’s Center at the Main Branch of the NY Public Library. It’s super cool and I didn’t even feel weird about perusing all the children’s books and stepping over youngsters curled up on the floor with books in their faces like I sometimes do at the library near my apartment. If you’re into kid lit (and live in NYC) and haven’t been there, go.


A welcomed little side affect of this project has been a renewed love of reading. While I’ve always been an aspiring writer, I’ve never been an avid reader, so to find myself putting off other activities in order to curl up with a book is a thrilling new experience for me.

One of the things I embraced from The Happiness Project was Rubin’s advice to quit being so embarrassed about loving children’s literature. So, after breaking the rules by venturing to the library, I’m now eagerly consuming a stack of Young Adult (YA) novels.

Ever since the end of Harry Potter, I’ve been anxious to read the next great YA series. I tried Twilight, but couldn’t get over my frustration with the lack of personality and strength in the main character. I put it down forever half way through the first book. Now, while sitting patiently on the mile-long wait-list for The Hunger Games, I decided to give Suddenly Supernatural a try, which has garnered some positive reviews across the web.

“The undead are ruining my life. I blame my mother.”

That is the first paragraph of book 1, Suddenly Supernatural: School Spirit. Talk about great promises. Lucky for me, Elizabeth Cody Kimmel keeps her promises. Besides the fact that I like the way Suddenly Supernatural slides off my tongue, Kimmel is a good writer. She’s created characters who are distinct and believable while also building a fluid storyline.

Here’s the premise:
Kat’s mom is a medium. The kind that communicates with ghosts. If that weren’t embarrassing enough for a 7th grader, on her 13th birthday, Kat discovers that she, too, has “the gift”. Unfortunately for her, that gift is threatening to ruin her social life.

Kat has a strong, likable voice and comes across as a relatable every-girl. While she struggles to make friends and come to terms with the occasional unwanted spirit knocking on her door, she also evolves as any main character should. I’m looking forward to more supernatural spirit investigations in the following books.