Apparition by Gail GallantApparition by Gail Gallant


byGail Gallant

Paperback | September 3, 2013

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The last time seventeen-year-old Amelia Mackenzie saw her best friend Matthew alive, he broke her heart. When he is found the next day in an abandoned barn at the edge of town, an apparent suicide, Amelia's whole world comes crashing down.
     And then she sees him again. Because Amelia has a secret that even Matthew didn't know: sometimes, she sees ghosts.
     When a local history columnist named Morris Dyson contacts Amelia after the funeral and tells her that he thinks the barn Matthew died in is haunted, and that Matthew wasn't its first victim, an unlikely partnership is born. With Amelia's gift for seeing ghosts, Morris's radical theories on the supernatural, and a bit of help from Morris's sexy but skeptical son, Kip, a mystery unfolds. One by one, the barn's other ghostly residents are revealed: all innocent, love-struck young men who've died horrific deaths, seemingly by their own hands.
     Life and death couldn't get more complicated as Amelia is torn between her devotion to the ghostly Matthew and her growing attraction to Kip, who may not believe in ghosts but can't help believing in Amelia. When she's confronted with a rivalry between the living and the dead, which side of the great divide will Amelia choose?
     Apparition is a fast-paced supernatural mystery about memory and obsession, bodies and spirits, love and loss.

GAIL GALLANT is a television writer and story-editor who has worked for the CBC, Discovery Channel, and History Television. Apparition, her first novel, draws on her lifelong interest in the supernatural; her passion for strong heroines, from Emma Woodhouse to Buffy the Vampire Slayer; and her first-hand experience of teenage alienatio...
Title:ApparitionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.21 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:September 3, 2013Publisher:PRH Canada Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385679629

ISBN - 13:9780385679626


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Apparition There wasn’t really as much of a romance with the ghost as I thought there might be, but there’s a nice amount of family scenes mixed in with the mystery that’s the main focus of this story. #plumreview I received this through a giveaway.
Date published: 2017-05-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from its ok This book has a good story line, but there are some extremely boring parts. I stopped reading it for a month or two because i was so bored of it. The ending was great tho, so i decided to get the second book, and i couldnt get through even half of that one either. The writing style is good, but the things that are written are sometimes irrelevant and boring. Its a slow paced book for sure... although there are certain very interesting parts, hence the three stars.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty Good Not usually what I read, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from intriguing mystery This story flowed well from the very beginning and carrying me along on this unique and intriguing mystery that ended in a satisfying, yet unexpected ending. While reading it, couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next, very gripping plot. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I loved this book so much it was hard to put down!
Date published: 2016-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! I just finished this book, and it was a great story. I really enjoyed it, Gail Gallant is an accomplished writer and it shows with this story. Although Apparition is marked as Young Adult it could just as easily be treated as Adult Fiction. The main character is a 16 year old girl, and the "ghost" story is so believable and well-written that it it would appeal to almost anyone. Once I started reading I really couldn't put it down. I am very much looking forward to the second book in the series "Absolution".
Date published: 2014-04-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Teens will enjoy this love story The Good Stuff Interesting and unique premise for a ghost story At times spooky and keeps you on the edge of your seat (unfortunately, for me, this didn't last) Story was good enough to keep me reading to the end, even with some of the issues that left me frustrated (see the not so good stuff section) Love, love, love the Canadian setting - especially as it is set somewhere I have been on many occasion Nice uses of humour This is more suited to a YA reader and I really feel that I am doing it a disservice at reviewing it as I am not the intended audience. Going to pass this on at work to some of the teen employees as I think they will enjoy it more Just noticed that Gail Gallant is a television writer - Miss Gallant I think this would be a a fascinating tv production Mentions Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Tim Horton's - two of my favorite things Would be a good book for a reluctant reader Enjoyed the scenes between Kip and Amelia The Not So Good Stuff I wanted so much to like this, as well, I am a sucker for a ghost story, but just felt that it was all over the place and Amelia was a hard character for me personally to become interested in. I think this one would be better suited for the younger YA reader, as I think I am just to old for this angsty stuff. Just couldn't feel any connection with Amelia. One minute she was head over heels in love with Matthew and than seems to get over him really quickly. Just didn't ring true Jumpy - to me this felt more like a script than a novel Favorite Quotes/Passages "The apple orchards look best in fall. All bare, twisted and tortured. Makes you wonder if Tim Burton grew up in Grey County." "Zombies, they're cool, Jesus was a zombie, for Christ's sake. That's what Easter's all about." 3 Dewey's I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review. Sorry guys, I really wanted to like it more
Date published: 2013-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great ghost story! This story about Amelia who is an insecure teenager trying to keep her ability to see ghosts, to herself. She found out the hard way that no one will believe her anyway and she only gets sent to a shrink again if she lets anyone know she sees them. I really enjoyed this book. I liked the fact that the story was being told by Amelia and there were so many small things in the authors writing that I could relate to at her age. The dynamics between Amelia and her brothers was something I could really relate to and feel, particularly her relationship with Ethan. He did such a great job of annoying her just as younger brothers often do. It was hard for me to put the book down and at the same time I was nervous to pick it up again, but I couldn’t resist. Just like some of the ghostly characters in the book, you are drawn in to the story. The pace of the book was perfect and kept me engaged the entire time. This is the first time I’ve read a book about ghosts and I wasn’t sure that I would like it, but I did and now I can’t wait for Absolution to come out and see what happens with Matthew and Amelia. I definitely recommend this book.
Date published: 2013-09-10