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Vintage: A Ghost Story by Steve Berman

Vintage: A Ghost Story (original 2007; edition 2008)

by Steve Berman

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Title:Vintage: A Ghost Story
Authors:Steve Berman
Info:Lethe Press (2008), Library Binding, 204 pages
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I loved this. I wish it were part of a series, because I wasn't finished hanging out with Narrator and his friends. (...I didn't even realise Narrator didn't have a name until I read other people's reviews. That's some good storytelling.)

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  JetSilver | Mar 31, 2013 |
The narrator is an unnamed gay, goth teenager with the power to see and speak to ghosts. He was kicked out of his parents house, dropped out of high school, and now lives with his aunt while working at a vintage clothing store. Walking along the highway one night, he sees a handsome boy in 1950s clothes and falls for him. It turns out his new crush is the spirit of a dead jock who is a local urban legend known for haunting that stretch of highway. The ghost, Josh, begins haunting and seducing him. At first, the narrator is elated, but the relationship quickly sours when Josh turns out to be less charming and more selfish and possessive. Not to mention his physical attentions may actually kill the narrator. Meanwhile, he realizes that he has feelings for his best friend's younger brother.

Although I enjoyed the ghosts, the story became less suspenseful as it moved along. It doesn't really have much going for it in the "horror" department, as the narrative focuses on the narrator hanging out with his friends, including a bickering lesbian couple, rather than on the dangers of being pursued by a possessive, angry ghost. It's not a bad story, but I was losing interest by the end. ( )
  catfantastic | Feb 16, 2013 |
Interesting young adult ghost story. This is narrated by a gay teenager whose name we never learn, who starts into a strange and spooky relationship with a ghost, and eventually finds a live love interest, which causes some supernatural drama. Genuinely scary at some points, and also poignant in the characterization of the main character, who was kicked out of his house by his parents for being gay and now lives with an aunt. Recommended.
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  allthesedarnbooks | Jul 18, 2011 |
A spooky but somewhat absurd ghost story. A gay goth kid meets and is preyed upon by the handsome ghost of a jock from the 50s. The atmosphere is tense, and the rapport between this character and his best friend Trace, as well as his best friend's cutie-pie younger brother, are sizzly and fun. Many of the secondary characters, however, speak and behave in a way that struck me as strangely unnatural. And the central ghost story is kind of campy, to be frank. ( )
  kougogo | Mar 10, 2010 |
Reviewed by JodiG. for TeensReadToo.com

What would be more difficult to tell your friends and family: that you are gay or that you can see ghosts?

Late one night, a teenage boy encounters a ghost while walking along a dark stretch of road. The ghost is that of a handsome high school athlete who was killed on that same road in 1957. Now the main character finds himself drawn into an obsessive relationship with the ghost. One that seems to get more dangerous with every encounter.

In addition to his troubled love life, the narrator is in the midst of a family and emotional crisis. While learning to accept his sexual orientation, without exactly "coming out," he has found himself rejected by his own parents. He now lives with his Aunt Jan, who is loving and generous, but will she accept him if she knows he is gay?

With the help of his best friend, Trace, he sets out to help the spirits find peace while trying to find a bit of peace for himself.

Steve Berman has created a clever mix of urban myth, Goth, and ghost story while also tackling the confusing issues as a teen deals with his sexual orientation. VINTAGE is a clever and haunting story with some delightfully creepy scenes. ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 13, 2009 |
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In a small New Jersey town, a lonely teen walking along a highway one autumn evening meets the boy of his dreams, a boy who happens to have died decades ago and haunts the road. Awkward crushes, both bitter and sweet, lead him to face youthful dreams and childish fears. With a cast of offbeat friends, antiques, and Ouija boards, Vintage offers readers a memorable blend of dark humor, chills and love.
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A lonely seventeen-year-old who has dreamed of meeting a different and special boy desperately seeks help from his friend Trace, a Goth girl, to free him from the clutches of a handsome ghost he has met on a rural New Jersey highway.

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