My Lunatic Life by Sharon Sala
Reading Level: Young Adult
Release Date: August 31, 2011
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
Pages: 156 pages
Reviewed By: Kate McMurry
Seventeen-year-old, high-school senior, Tara Luna, was orphaned when she was a year-old baby and has been raised by her Uncle Pat, an unconventional, "hippie" type who loves to move around. Tara is even more unusual than her uncle. Her two closest friends in her wandering life are ghosts. Millicent can move people and things and can physically materialize, but mostly she takes a form that looks like smoke. Henry doesn't materialize, and he doesn't talk much, but when he is peeved, he lets it be known by hiding things. In addition to seeing and speaking to ghosts, Tara can read the minds of living people. Between the traveling, the ghosts and the mind-reading, Tara has never tried to make friends with living people because it seems pointless. Even if anyone could relate to her, she's always moving on. But suddenly, in this new school, the whole pattern of her life changes. An angry, dangerous, teen-girl ghost demands that Tara solve her murder--and she's hard to ignore because she inhabits Tara's home. A beautiful cheerleader who has persecuted Tara is in danger, and only Tara can save her. And a gorgeous, bad boy named Flynn proves more irresistible than any guy Tara has ever known.
At 156 pages, this is a fast, entertaining read suitable for YA readers ages 12-15, though older teens and adults will enjoy it too.
I was a big fan of the TV series, Medium, and Tara is kind of a teenage Allison Dubois. Like Allison, Tara has the powers of precognition through instant intuitions of people and situations, touching something a person owns and going into her perceptions, dreaming about someone and getting information, and obtaining vital information from ghosts. Also like Allison, these gifts run in her lineage. But Tara has an additional power that Allison does not--she can read minds.
I really liked Flynn, and Tara's budding romance with him is one of my favorite parts of this book.
Anyone who enjoyed the Dead Is books by Marlene Perez won't want to miss this fun new paranormal mystery series.
I rate this book as follows:
Fantasy World-Building: 5
Mystery Plot: 5
Romance Subplot: 5