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Aspen Yellow-Sunrise Taylor is one heroine and narrator that I could seriously see myself being friends with had she been a real person. I love her name, her sarcastic and witty remarks and the honest voice she possessed throughout the story. I love that I could sympathize with some of her struggles that befit a real teenager. For all those reasons, I had no trouble warming up and connecting to her character.
Despite her pretty unconventional upbringing – she was born at a rock concert when her mom, Ninny, was only 16 – Aspen is a normal, artistically inclined teenager who finds comfort in definitions. Sure, she has her quirks but still, she's normal for the most part until that momentous day when the popular Katelyn Ryan's car crashed into her Volkswagen Rabbit. Katelyn died in the accident and her ghost literally began to haunt Aspen. Her school life also took an unexpected turn as her popularity soar. Add that to the friendship she and Ben, Katelyn's boyfriend, have surprisingly developed and you have a thoroughly entertaining and hearty read.
While the subject matter of this book could be serious and a little bit creepy at times, it's also hilarious and charming for the most part. I enjoyed the interactions between Aspen and Ninny and her best friends, Kim and Cass. I think if I could change a thing in this book, it would be to add more pages and fill it out with more Kim and Cass. They are that likable and entertaining.
All in all, Aspen is a great read with complex and real characters and filled to the brim with entertaining and genuine dialogues. I'd also like to point out that (as cliche as it may sound) while Aspen is the first Rebekah Crane book I've read, it most definitely will not be the last.
A must read!