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Publisher's Note:

Pie is the ghost in your house. She is not dead, she is invisible. The way she looks changes depending on what is behind her. A girl of glass. A girl who is a window. If she stands in front of floral wallpaper she is full of roses. For Pie’s entire life it’s been Pie and her mother. Just the two of them, traveling across America. They have slept in trains, in mattress stores, and on the bare ground. They have probably slept in your house. But Pie is lonely. And now, at seventeen, her mother’s given her a gift. The choice of the next city they will go to. And Pie knows exactly where she wants to go. Pittsburgh—where she fell in love with a girl who she plans to find once again. And this time she will reveal herself. Only how can anyone love an invisible girl? A magnificent story of love, and friendship, and learning to see yourself in a world based on appearances, I Am the Ghost in Your House is a brilliant reflection on the importance of how much more there is to our world tha…

I Am the Ghost in Your House

by Mar Romasco-Moore

Overall Book Review:

I have been very fortunate in my YA book choices lately and I Am the Ghost in Your House is yet another delightful new release that I will be reading again in the future. (I love to revisit favorites a few years down the road if I have time.) Though this is definitely marketed towards young adults and teens, I found the story very compelling and was honestly sad to see the book come to an end.

Pie is your typical teen: emotional, lonely, misunderstood. She longs for friendship and connection, yet knows that she can never have a real, true friend. The one major thing that differentiates Pie and her mother from other people is that they happen to be invisible and may be the only invisible people that exist. They can see each other but no one can see them. Unlike a typical mother and daughter, Pie and her mother don’t have a home. They don’t really need one though, because they can usually find a bit of extra space in a house or a train to catch some shut eye. And during their waking hours they’re well-rehearsed in moving silently and staying invisible; their survival depends on it.

One day Pie realizes that something is strange with her mom; she is disappearing from even Pie herself. Breaking all of the rules that keep her safe, Pie risks her anonymity when she returns to the town her secret crush Tess lives in and begins making questionable decisions that her mom would never approve of. But what if her mom never comes back?

With a little bit of magical realism, some ghostly happenings, a dash of romance and some life lessons, Maria Romasco Moore has written a haunting and strange book that I enjoyed immensely!

Review of an advance digital reading copy from Random House Children’s Books

Content analysis:

Profanity/Language: 12 religious exclamations; 36 mild obscenities; 4 religious profanities; 2 derogatory names; 55 scatological words; 5 anatomical terms; 32 F-Word derivatives.

Violence/Gore: A woman is mentioned to have given birth without any medical attention and to have stolen painkillers from someone to help with the pain; a minor is reported to hit her mother in the shoulder in an attempt to get her attention; a minor is reported to have broken her ankle in the past; a minor recalls a brief scene where she and her mother were being shot at, described as terrifying; a minor scratches up her hands and some blood is mentioned; a minor makes verbal threats against another minor; an exorcism is briefly mentioned; a minor accidentally nicks her finger with a sharp knife in a brief scene, some blood is mentioned; a minor implies that she believes her mother may have been responsible for someone’s death in the past; a brief scene occurs where a minor recalls how her mother comforted a woman that was dying.

Sex/Nudity: A girl catches a glimpse of some nude body parts and she thinks it’s real, then realizes it’s just a mannequin; a girl spies on another girl and mentions seeing her in her bra and underwear when she changes her clothes though she tries to turn away to give her privacy most of the time; minors hold hands and two girls kiss in a brief scene; kissing is referred to; a minor mentions that she was once watching a couple when they began to have sex; a minor sees a couple touching each other and kissing in one brief scene; a woman accuses their significant other of having an affair.

Mature Subject Matter:

Abandonment; mental illness; sexual identity; shoplifting; possible abuse.

Drugs/Alcohol Use:

Smoking cigarettes is mentioned; a minor notices racks of wine in a house; minors are mentioned to drink at a party; a minor is described to pour herself a drink at a party; a reference is made to being high; cocaine is mentioned; a reference is made to getting stoned; drugs are offered to a woman in a brief scene.

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About the Reviewer

Books and reading have always been an important part of my life. When I was very young, my grandma was the library director at our local public library. Years later, after she had retired, I became a librarian at the same library and worked there for several years before taking a part-time job at a local coffee shop, which gives me more time to do what I love, to read and to review books! A few of my favorite authors are Aimee Bender, Diane Chamberlain, and Curtis Sittenfeld however, I will read almost any book I come across! In my spare time you can find me reading (of course), volunteering at a wildlife animal rehab, or hanging out with my two house rabbits.