Title- Ride of Your Life
By- Shevi Arnold
Seventeen-year-old Tracy Miller met the love of her life . . . thirty years after her own death.
Tracy was working at the House of Horrors at the Amazing Lands Theme Park when the fire broke out. Instead of running, she lost her life trying to save eleven-year-old Mack. Now thirty years have passed, and suddenly everything changes with the arrival of two new ghosts: a little girl named Ashley and a cute, seventeen-year-old boy named Josh. Josh would do anything for Tracy, but can he help her let go of the past?
Ride of Your Life is a bittersweet, romantic, YA ghost story that was inspired by a true event, the Great Adventure Haunted Castle fire, which killed eight teenagers in 1984, exactly thirty years ago this May 11th. It is a fantasy novel about undying love, and it won third-place in Smart Writer’s Write It Now (W.I.N.) contest in the YA category, which was judged by Alex Flinn, the author of Beastly and Cloaked.
Hang on. Love can be as terrifying as a roller coaster, but it can also be the ride of your life.
Additional information about the Six Flags Great Adventure Haunted Castle fire- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haunted_Castle_(Six_Flags_Great_Adventure)
Ride of Your Life by Shevi Arnold is a fictional story based on a real life tragedy. It is based on the Six Flags Great Adventure Haunted Castle fire, but instead of that it is about three teenagers, Tracy, Mack and Josh, and little 6-year-old Ashley. Ride of Your Life follows this gang in a bittersweet love story about loss, love and drama.
Now to gushing--I was crying like a baby in the first chapter and on the edge of my seat until the edge of the book. I was surprised by how intense the emotions were in the novel. The tension, the sadness, the fear, the love, it all leaps off the pages and grabs right into you. This is the first time in a while where I've been completely enamored in a story!
Plus-- Josh is amazing. I want to claim him as my own personal book boyfriend that no one else can touch but I love him and Tracy so much I can't take him away. *sigh* Horrible. ACK. All the characters were amazing, I love every single one of them!
I cannot say enough about this book. I want to rant and rave forever but this review is already one of my longer ones. Bottom line is this, so far, is my favorite book read this year. Love it SO much! The links are above the review, so please do yourselves a favor and go buy a copy!
Shevi loves writing, illustrating, and making people laugh—and she’s been doing all three since 1987 when she started working as an editorial cartoonist for a newsweekly. She’s also worked as a comics magazine editor, as an arts-and-entertainment writer specializing in comedy and children’s entertainment, and as a consumer columnist. Nowadays, though, she enjoys writing (and sometimes illustrating) humorous fiction, fantasy, and science fiction for children, teens, and geeks of all ages. Her other books include Toren the Teller's Tale, Dan Quixote: Boy of Nuevo Jersey, and Why My Love Life Sucks (The Legend of Gilbert the Fixer, book one). She is currently working on Why It Still Mega Bites, the second book in the Gilbert the Fixer series.
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