Review of Grunge Gods and Graveyards by Kimberly G. Giarratano

Grunge Gods and GraveyardsGrunge Gods and Graveyards by Kimberly G. Giarratano

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lainey Bloom is teenager, just returning back to school after summer vacation. Senior year holds a mixture of emotions for most teens, but for Lainey, her life has been turned upside down. She recently lost her mom to cancer and over the summer her friend and long-time crush, Danny Obregon, was struck by a hit and run driver and died in Lainey’s arms. To make matters even worse, because of this traumatic event, Lainey neglected to show up for summer school and now she’s in danger of not graduating with the rest of her class. Danny’s “girlfriend”, the classic mean girl, Wynter, is making Lainey’s life a living hell. And Lainey’s dad has suddenly decided to start “parenting”. What could possibly happen next? Oh yeah, Danny returns as a ghost and asks Lainey to help him find out who killed him so he can cross over.

Grunge Gods and Graveyards is a clever mix of love story, mystery and ghost story. Like any engaging YA novel, there’s plenty of teenage angst and turmoil. Set in the 90s, the author has thrown in some moody music references and pop culture, popular to the era that set an appealing vibe. Although, you don’t have to have been a teen during the 90s to enjoy the storyline, since this book will appear to both teens and adults.

I enjoyed Grunge Gods and Graveyards and would recommend it to anyone 14 and over. It’s a fun, engaging murder mystery/love story. There are plenty of interesting elements to keep readers absorbed and guessing. received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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