Loving this story, even though I know it’s going to hurt…
We Are The Ghosts by Vicky Skinner releases today in the Contemporary, Young Adult genre.
When Ellie’s estranged brother, Luke, dies in a car accident, she’s not sure whether to be devastated that she lost the person who was once her best friend or enraged, still, that he left without a word a year ago. Now, the only people who seem to understand what she’s going through are Luke’s best friend and his ex-girlfriend, who she bonds with over their desire to figure out where Luke went when he walked out of their lives.
As she gets closer to them, and closer to Cade, a boy who seems determined to get to know her better, she realizes that she’s not the only one with reasons to be angry at Luke. And when Ellie makes a discovery that changes everything, she and her new friends hit the road, hoping that following Luke’s trail will bring them answers about the life Luke was living away from them.
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AUTHOR BIO:Born and raised in Texas, I don’t act like much of a Texan. I like cold weather and hate country music. I have a gorgeous husband, two dogs, and a Literature degree from the University of Texas at Dallas. If I’m not at home reading a book or doing laundry, I’m probably at the bookstore, nannying three rambunctious boys, or stuck on the side of the road with car trouble. I’m a reader, a writer, and a bit of a crazy person.
We Are The Ghosts, the story behind the title
by Vicky Skinner
We Are The Ghosts has had many titles over the years. I wrote the book in 2013, and when I first wrote it, it was called The Club for Misfits You Left Behind. Not a good title. At the time, there was even a line in the book where one of the characters, Wes, jokes that they all belong to a club for misfits as the book features the sister, best friend, and ex-girlfriend of Luke, a boy who has died in a car accident when the book opens. From there, the book probably had about twenty different titles, all worse than the one before it.
And then Ghosts was born. I don’t remember when I came up with the title, but the idea comes from one of my favorite quotes by author Ann Brashares. In her book The Last Summer (of You and Me) Ann states that it’s easier to be the one leaving than the one who’s left. In the case of Ghosts, this is true on more than one point as Luke leaves his family a whole year before he dies. Ellie, our protagonist, struggles with her grief over her brother’s death but struggles more with her anger at his disappearance. From this was born the idea that the ones who’ve died aren’t the ghosts. They aren’t haunted by their life here on earth. They’ve moved on to something else. It is us who are haunted, are doing the haunting. We are the ghosts.
I was very proud when I submitted this novel with this title and my publisher didn’t ask for it to be changed. I never could have dreamed of that, as I think I’m pretty awful with titles. But the biggest problem I have now is that people tend to think We Are the Ghosts is a ghost novel! Like, spooky and haunty and stuff! And look, I love horror novels and stories about ghosts, but these are metaphorical ghosts! So for a few months after the book was announced, I mostly went around calling it We Are the Metaphorical Ghosts. I still call it that sometimes around the house.
Losing someone is a complicated thing. I’m currently reading David Levithan’s The Realm of Possibility, and in it, he says an amazing thing. One of the characters is going through a really tough breakup, and he says, “you realize you never felt alone/you subtracted one from your life/that’s all.” It is the perfect sentiment, and it’s the sentiment that best describes We Are the Ghosts. You’re not alone. Just because you lost one person, doesn’t mean you’re not still surrounded by people. Don’t be a ghost. Don’t let the loss of one person turn you invisible, turn you insubstantial, turn you into vapor. We are not the ghosts.
This post is part of a tour, you can find the schedule here (http://xpressobooktours.com/2019/06/07/tour-sign-up-we-are-the-ghosts-by-vicky-skinner/).
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- Print copy of We Are the Ghosts
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