Monday, November 7, 2011
Book Review of #1 The christmas Ghost by Francine Pascal
Author: Francine Pascal
Part of a Series: Sweet Valley Twins and Friends Super Chillers; The ghost in the graveyard, the carnival ghost, next.
Type of book: Sweet valley twins, kid to young adult, Dickens' christmas carol parody, moral, 1985
Year it was published: December 1989
Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield are looking forward to the most glorious christmas ever. The tree is trimmed, the presents are wrapped, and movie star Beau Dilon is coming to town! THe actor, who'll be in Sweet Valley to publicize his new movie, has agreed to help Elizabeth raise money for the children's wing of hte local hospital. BUt when the teen star arrives at the Wakefields' house, it's Jessica, not Elizabeth, he meets.
What's the harm in pretending to be your twin? No harm, Jessica thinks-until strange things start happening and three ghostly visitors appear. Is Jessica's imagination working overtime or have the spirits of christmas past, present and future come to teach Jessica the lesson of a lifetime?
The characters are two or one dimensional and are on the flat side. The devil vs angel and then the devil reforms at the very end.
Although the book does end happily, I have doubts that any true lessons are learned by the main characters. As I mentioned before, this is basically a christmas special type of book. It also is not related to the main body of Sweet Valley Twins books.
A little bit of it is written from Elizabeth's point of view, but 95 percent belongs to Jessica. It's written in third person point of view.
Francine Pascal (born May 13, 1938) is an author best known for creating the Sweet Valley series of young adult novels. Sweet Valley High was the backbone of the collection, and was made into a popular television series.  There were also several spin-offs, including The Unicorn Club and Sweet Valley University. Although most of these books were published in the 1980s and 1990s, they have remained popular such that several titles have been re-released in recent years. (From Wiki.)
This books is reminiscent of a book by Dickens, or better yet it's a holiday special Sweet Valley style filled with ghosts trying to convince Jessica to change her ways. Strangely enough, it's an addictive book, although it seems obvious and isn't filled with stuff to ponder or think over. It's like eating cotton candy or some other candy where you don't have to worry or think too hard.
4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)