Monday, August 3, 2015

Book Review: Ghostboy, Chameleon and the Duke of Graffiti By Olivia Wildenstein

Ghostboy, Chameleon and the Duke of Graffiti By Olivia Wildenstein Review
Ghostboy, Chameleon, and the Duke of Graffiti is one of the most touching books I have ever read. Oops it's 4:10 in the morning looks like someone forgot to sleep, oh well when something strikes my emotions guess what happens? I binge watch How to Train Your Dragon, I know how guilty of me...

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Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 15, 2015)
Pages: 318
Source: Recieved Ebook from Author

Cora Matthews, the principal’s gloomy goth daughter, is not exactly popular Duke Meyer’s type. Still, Duke finds himself inexplicably drawn to her dark eyes and mysterious manner. She makes it clear she doesn’t return his admiration, but when a burst appendix lands Duke in the hospital, he and Cora will be forced to come together by the most unlikely intermediary: her eight-year-old brother, Jaime.

Duke learns Jaime has brain cancer and little chance of long-term survival. He admires the kid’s plucky positivity and wild imagination and offers to write a story about Jaime’s make-believe superheroes. So begins an epic tale—that of Ghostboy, Chameleon and the Duke of Graffiti—and a deep friendship between Duke and Jaime.
Despite their outward differences, Cora and Duke bond over their affection for Jaime, but unintended betrayal and Jaime’s advancing disease threaten to derail their blossoming romance before it can truly take root.

Ghostboy, Chameleon & the Duke of Graffiti is a gorgeous debut novel that will resonate with the thoughtful fans of John Green’s blockbuster The Fault in Our Stars.


Rating

★★★★★

Favorite  Quote

A song about heroes. About flying. About bleeding. About dying. About fighting. A song for Jaime.


I just finished this book and I'm in tears. Ghostboy, Chameleon, and Duke of Graffiti is just so beautiful, it made my heart ache. Olivia Wildenstein did a phenomenal job! I stayed up till 12:30 finishing this book and it was totally worth it. This book has real depth and emotion, I cried with the characters, I laughed with the characters.

For a debut book this is simply astounding, Ms. Wildenstein certainly has talent. I would definitely recommend this for fans of The Fault in Our Stars, while this book isn't romance centric it shares some of the best qualities of The Fault in Our Stars. The plot lines are completely different but they both left me with a mixture of remorse and happiness. Crying at 12:30 am in the morning isn't normal for me I promise.

Now lets discuss the characters. Duke leads a privileged life and is vying to make it in to an exclusive group called the Alpha's. While all the rest of his friends are dating "popular" beautiful girls, Duke falls for Cora Matthews, the goth daughter of the principal, in other words an outcast. Duke was adorable in a mischievous way, the first sentence was a absolute bomb.

"In retrospect, spray-painting an enormous white penis on Principal Matthews’s Volvo woodie was not the idea of the century."

Like I said amazing, Duke was definitely one of my favorite character. His humor and gimmicks bring a light hearted aspect to the book.

Cora also has some good character building, her back story was an intriguing. While her overwhelming gothiness may have seemed a little cliche, the rest of the story totally made up for it.

On the other hand, Jamie is such a sweet little boy and seems to be more mature than both Cora and Duke. His general response to life is remarkable, he remains cheery and optimistic through all the trials of his young life. I love how Duke befriends Jamie and helps him write a story. It's just so amazing, and was such a beautiful moment

I applaud the author, the book was beautifully done, and was a wonderful read. I was hooked from the start to the end. Ghostboy, Chameleon, and the Duke of Graffiti deserves five stars, hands down.