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Texas Gothic
by Rosemary Clement-Moore
PUBL. RECOMMENDED AGE: 14 and up
LEXILE READING LEVEL: 790L {what is this?}
PUBLISHER: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2011
NO. PAGES: 416
GENRE{S}: Horror, Mystery/Thriller, Romance
MAIN CHARACTER GENDER: Female
AWARD{S}:
Kirkus Reviews - Best Young Adult or Starred Review
YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults
ISBN: 0385736932
READ & REVIEWED BY: Jen - StorySnoop


The Story
Texas Gothic—Book Review

Amy Goodnight comes from an unusual family, filled with psychics, potion makers, and ghost whisperers. But Amy has spent the past seventeen years putting a positive spin on her family's undeniably quirky behavior and doing everything she can to be viewed as the "normal one." This summer, Amy and her sister Phin are ranch-sitting for their aunt on Goodnight Farm. Phin is not afraid to let her freak flag fly, so Amy has to work harder than ever to keep up appearances of normalcy. This proves to be quite a challenge under the watchful eye of the gorgeous but skeptical cowboy from the ranch next door, especially when Amy is being haunted by her own personal ghost.
The Scoop
Texas Gothic—Book Review
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Texas Gothic is an entertaining read for teen girls that is part ghost story, part mystery, part romance. Main character Amy, who is headed off to college after the summer, is smart, sassy, and driven to lead a normal life, in spite of the fact that she comes from a family of witches. Readers who enjoy romance will be sucked in by the ongoing tension between Amy and her neighbor Ben, who fight like cats and dogs but have an undeniable attraction. Ben is intriguing and irascible, and the reader comes to learn that he has taken on the full responsibility of running his family's ranch after the recent loss of his father. While Amy is literally haunted by a ghost, the story is never scary, just a bit eerie. She is determined to get to the bottom of the rumors of a mysterious ghost that plagues Ben's farm, and as she does so, Amy begins to come to terms with the part of her that makes her inarguably a part of her supernaturally talented family. Amy and Ben finally succumb to their attraction with a bit of making out. Language is occasionally strong (cr-p, d-mmit, a-shole, p-ssed, h-ll, b-tchy, b-stard, bullsh-t), there is some drinking (but not by any underage characters), and it is mentioned that one of the less savory characters smokes pot.
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