Book Review: Beautiful Goodbye by Nancy Runstedler

July 30, 2013 Book review 0 ★★★★

Ouija Boards, a ghost living in your attic and time travel back to World War 1, oh yes, I was hooked right in. Maggie, her brother Cole and her friend Gillian find a Ouija board and this is the start of an exciting, whirlwind journey that they are thrust into.
Book Review: Beautiful Goodbye by Nancy RunstedlerBeautiful Goodbye by Nancy Runstedler
Published by Dundurn on 20 Aug 2013
Genres: Ghost Story, Historical Fiction, MG
Pages: 152
Format: eARC
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Maggie's life has been anything but easy lately. So when her best friend Gillian discovers a Ouija board in the attic, it's a welcome relief. While they'd rather be at the mall than babysitting Maggie's brother Cole, the girls figure it will be a fun way to spend a Saturday -- asking questions about boys and other teenage dilemmas. After all, it's just a game. Or is it?

Thinking nothing could possibly go wrong, the kids dive in, eager to test the new game, but discover the board will change their lives in ways they couldn't have imagined. The trio ends up with more than they bargained for and are thrust into a whirlwind journey. One from which they might never return, if they aren't careful.

This book is aimed at tweens and early teens and is really well done. There is great character development with all 3 discovering about more about themselves through their adventures. They are engaging and fun to be with especially Maggie. And yes I wasn’t sure if the Ouija board element would work in a book aimed at such a young audience but while there is lots of action and suspense, its not overly scary or creepy. Not an easily accomplished task so kudos to the author for threading this fine line.

Its a page turner too, every chapter ends on such a dramatic note that you can’t stop there! You just have to keep going to see what happens.

“As freaky as it might seem to the others, she was dying to know more. It wasn’t like the spirit had been evil. If anything, it was probably just lonely since the house had been empty for a while before they moved in. And Maggie knew loneliness well.”

If you are looking for a pressie for a tween or early teen, I’d recommend you go with this one. I think they will thank you for it 🙂

Thanks to NetGalley and Dundurn publishers for giving me a copy to read in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


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