Author: Robin Leigh Morgan
Category/Genre: Middle Grade/Paranormal Romance
Mary gets a new classmate named Jonathan who’s a great baseball player and to get on the team, he needs Mary’s help to improve his grades. Six months later when she learns she’s moving, she decides to give him something special--a first kiss.
Moving into her new home she soon discovers it has a ghost named George, her age, who takes her on numerous trips to the past of a hundred years ago. As she meets children her own age, everyone teases her about her house being haunted, but no one will go inside.
Mary likes his help doing her math homework, writing her reports, and taking her back in time. George and Mary’s interaction grows and she eventually gives him a quick peck on his lips while they’re in the past, which is the only place George is a real boy, for having done something special for her.
Can Mary kiss George again at the special date and time he needs to be kissed? What happens afterwards if she does? The answers are all in the book!
My star rating: 4/5
I have a confession to make. I love middle grade novels...especially romances. There is something about that purely innocent time of self-discovery that still makes me all warm and fuzzy. I Kissed A Ghost did a beautiful job of bringing me right back into that part of my life, and Morgan captures that feeling perfectly. The relationship between Mary and George is adorable and appropriate for the characters' age. I couldn't help but love the both of them (and not just because my name is Mary Elizabeth, too!). The paranormal elements were perfectly sprinkled in, and the time travel was a delightful touch. I do think this book would benefit from a thorough editing, however. It was repetitive at times, there were many misplaced words, and it shifted from first to third person mid-paragraph. This took the reader out of the story at some key points.