SCARY MARY by S.A. Hunter
Released: August 2006
Review Format: Kindle Edition
Source: Own - bought
Mary just wants to be left alone, but the cheerleaders, jocks, guidance counselors, and ghosts won't stop harassing her. When a new boy starts school, he surprises Mary by befriending her. That's a rare thing for the school freak, but her unusual abilities put a rift in their budding friendship when Mary has to tell Cy that his home is haunted and not by Casper, the friendly ghost.Scary Mary is a spooky Young Adult ghost story that had the hairs on the back of my neck standing on end and shivers running up and down my spine. It freaked me out quite a bit at times … but not enough to stop me reading!
Synopsis from Goodreads.
Mary, the main character, had me laughing out loud at her snarkyness to the school Counselor and some of the other kids. She was a fun character to read about, but at times it was also quite sad as she was the school freak and the other kids let her know it. I was glad she had a best friend, Rachel, who really stuck up for her. They made a good team.
I enjoyed the plot. It was well written and easy to follow with a really neat twist that I wasn’t expecting at all. There was a really good balance of funny, sad, heart-stoppingly scary and really cute moments right up until the climax, which was super freaky (you might want to hide behind a cushion when you get to that bit LOL) and full of action and suspense. I found myself holding my breath when this whirlwind of action started and when it was over I thought that was the end and everything had been wrapped up nicely. But then …
So you kind of guessed I loved this story in all its spookiness and you’re wondering why I only rated it at 3 stars? Well, after enjoying it so much and loving the climax, I really disliked the last 3% (reading on Kindle so % and not pages) and that spoiled it for me. It was just totally weird. That last section just did not fit in with the rest of the story at all. It was like it had been written by someone else and just stuck on the end to make the proverbial ‘happy ending’. It was a real ‘WTF?’ moment. Just … no. If this book had ended at 97% it would have been 4 stars from me all the way.
Do I recommend this book? Well yes, I do. It was a great book and I was happy enough with what I thought was the ending before the bit I just mentioned above.
My rating: 3 stars