Haunting Joy by Lena Goldfinch


Joy’s new dress has a secret – one with a little supernatural history, one that’s a little more than she expected. 

It all starts one ordinary afternoon, as seventeen-year-old Joy tries on some thrift-store clothes her grandmother gave her. The little white dress fits perfectly. Trouble is, now it won’t leave her alone. Soon Joy is swept up in an extraordinary journey to help a ghost complete some unfinished business. 

If only that didn’t involve Joy driving through dangerous intersections… 

Or calling up her high-school crush, Nick… 

Or getting stuck at a cemetery after dark. 

Will Joy accept this ghostly challenge to be “more”? And just how far will she go to uncover the truth? 

“I never believed in ghosts. 

Until it happened to me.”

THE GOOD
  1. Normally, I don’t read paranormal stories. But this one… it just looked good.
  1. This story was bursting with wonderful characters, from Joy, our heroine, to Beth, the ghost.
  1. I sort of need Beth to come haunt me now. She’s really awesome.
  1. Joy’s relationship with Nick was GREAT. And funny. Very funny. Especially the graveyard conversations.
  1. This book managed to be Christian without dumping it all on you. God graced the story, but subtly. I think an unbeliever could enjoy this book as much as a believer could.
  1. This book was a little depressing at moments, but also funny! I loved that.
  1. Thrift stores. JUST THRIFT STORES. They’re so cool. And after this I’m probably going to go and buy all the white dresses with matching flip-flops and necklaces hoping there is a Beth waiting for me to try on her dress.
  1. This story took the paranormal genre, gave it a lighter element, and told the story of a girl who got haunted. A girl who became more.
THE BAD
  1. Joy did act a little younger than she was.
  1. There was a scene where Joy and Nick went to Beth’s grandma’s home and the old lady didn’t know Beth was dead, so they told her. Just a little insensitivity there.
FOR THE PARENTS
This contains ghosts, death, screaming, and some kissing. 12+
I rate this four stars.
*I received a free audiobook copy of this in exchange for my honest review
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