Thursday, January 17, 2013

Review: American Ghoul by Walt Morton

Title: American Ghoul
Author: Walt Morton
Publisher: Walt Morton
Release Date: November 28th 2012
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Quick Review: Seventeen-year-old Howard Pickman has some unusual problems: He comes from a family of ghouls with a long history of digging up corpses, and he’s just moved to a new school filled with kids that are scarier than he is. American Ghoul is the story of an exceptionally odd teenager trying to survive the most terrible time anybody has to go through -- senior year at high school.

Detailed Review: <<ARC received by the author>>

This book changed my view of the 70's. It really did. Trust me.

Howard Pickman has a secret. A secret that burned his parents to death and caused him to be homeless.

He's a ghoul. If you're wondering, no he's not a GHOST. There's a difference between those two. Ghouls are grave robbers that feast on the meat on the newly dead. He can't stop doing it even though he wants to so guys quit your 'ewws' and your views of the EVIL of it. He'll get sick and all those stuff and he'll look very ugly too. He really wants to be normal, but no matter how much he tries, he still tries to fit in with his friends.

Pulled into high school, accompanied with his grandmother's hopes for him to become a mortician, he is plunged into a world of bullies, drugs and most importantly punk rock. His new friends form a band called the Corpsemen (courtesy of Gerald) and there is irony in it. Don't get it? Never mind.

A girl called Marie Ramos has been paying attention to Howard ever since he joined Photography classes and he is in the same state with her. Together they engage in a relationship that is both uncertain and feared by Howard.

With the memories of his grandfather's letters and grandmother guiding him, he learns how to survive in a world where his kind are seen as monsters.

Emotional, horrible, mysterious and thrilling, this book has completely gripped me in its claws without any intention of letting go.


Brief Review: With a slight resemblance to The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, this book brings us to understand what the word 'growing up' really means. And how what you are affects your future and everyone around you. An impressive debut.

My Rating: 4/5 "Really Liked It"



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