Friday, March 2, 2012

Book Review: Angelina's Secret by Lisa Rogers

Title: Angelina's Secret
Author: Lisa Rogers
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
ARC, 186 pages
Date Published: February 1, 2012
Source: Publisher
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
As a child, Angelina spent years in counseling learning that Josie, her imaginary friend, wasn't real, but it turns out her childhood friend wasn't imaginary after all.Now Angelina has to accept she's either (A) crazy or (B) able to see ghosts. Wanting to believe in her sanity, she chooses (B) and welcomes Josie back into her life. But even Josie can't help her deal with Shelly, the spirit of a confused teenager, and things go very, very wrong.When Angelina finds herself in a psychiatric hospital, she faces a choice: she can spend the rest of her life pretending to be someone she isn't, or she can embrace who she is and take a chance that she may never get to go home.
Angelina’s Secret was, in a way, a letdown for me. I had such high expectations for a creepy, messed up, hide my head under the covers kind of story…and it didn’t deliver that at all. In fact, the ghosts are more Casper than Poltergeist and I found the main character to be boring.

Angelina can see ghosts. More than that, she’s been able to see ghosts since she was a child, but willed the ghosts away when her parents put her in counseling. Now that she’s allowed the idea of them back into her life, her childhood ‘imaginary friend’ Josie – who is really a ghost – is back. Her mother finds out, freaks, and the seeing ghosts thing becomes a secret. One that she can’t keep.

The premise then becomes whether Angelina can truly see ghosts vs. the possibility that she is actually mental institute insane. And, unfortunately, it isn’t executed the best. I never saw the possibility of Angelina being crazy as a valid option. But I did see far too many easy convenient explanations to make the plot move forward.

Angelina, the ghosts, the people at the mental institute, Angelina’s family – they are all one dimensional. I tried to see more to them, but I couldn’t. Being unable to connect with the main character meant I could never get into the story, so I was unable to enjoy it.

Angelina’s Secret is a simple story with somewhat one dimensional characters and a contrived plot. If you’re looking for a quick read, then this is the one for you. It wasn’t the story I had hoped for, but there are plenty of YA readers out there who have read and loved it.

Opening line: The premonitions always made her feel this way – weak, disoriented, scared. ~ pg. 1

*This is the e-ARC version and lines, pages, cover art may differ from final copy  
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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Brandileigh2003 (Blkosiner's Book Blog) said...

Thanks for honest review! The concept of crazy or not is interesting.
Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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