Book Recommendation: Nothing But Ghosts by Beth Kephart

NothingButGhostsAuthor:   Beth Kephart

Publisher:   Harper Teen

 ISBN #:   978-0-06-166796-1

Type:   Fiction:YA/General

Pages:   280 Hardback

Published:  June 23, 2009


Purchase:  $12.23 @ Amazon (HERE


The Story

“Ever since her mother passed away, Katie’s been alone in her too-big house with her genius dad, who restores old paintings for a living.  Katie takes a summer job at a garden estate, where, with the help of two brothers and a glamorous librarian, she soon becomes embroiled in decoding a mystery.  There are secrets and shadows at the heart of Nothing But Ghosts: symbols hidden in a time-darkened painting, and surprises behind a locked bedroom door.  But most of all, this is a love story – the story of a girl who learns about ove while also learning to live with her own ghosts.”

(Excerpt is from the cover of Nothing But Ghosts)

The Review

KephartblackwhiteI had read several good book reviews about this YA novel.  In fact, there were so many from very reputable book review bloggers, that I had written down its title on my desk and promised myself to pick up a copy on  Of course, I purchased it and put it on the higher end of my reading stack.

When I was finally able to crack it open, what I discovered was a book with beautiful writing, so descript and vivid with details.  The characters, the story, and the setting were all rich with life, color, and depth.  It was unlike most other YA novels that I had read this year in the way that it was more classic in the way it was written and the story it told.   It just held such a different feel.

The story’s heroine is pure of heart and full of integrity.  The book was not wasted on typical YA topics: boys, friends, school, etc.  Rather, it was a young lady’s search for answers about the mysteries of the life which surrounded her.  Beth Kephart is clearly, and obviously, a very talented writer.  This book is surely to be passed onto my twins for their reading enjoyment.

9The Rating

On Sher’s “Out of Ten Scale,” in the genre Fiction:YA, I am giving this book a 9 out of 10. There is a wealth of benefits of reading a book that provides such a heartwarming story of a young lady’s passage from loss into the wealth of love.


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9 Responses

  1. Sandy

    October 30th, 2009 at 2:07 am

    Not only has this book been universally loved by the book blogging community, so has the author! I see her on here, commenting on people’s blogs, and everyone says how the novel is so unique and beautiful for a YA publication! Thanks for the review!
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..100 Mile Fitness Challenge Update: October 23 – 30 =-.

  2. Pam

    October 30th, 2009 at 4:18 am

    YA can be whatever it wants to be. I won’t judge, but I DO love when it hits on deeper things. This looks really good.

  3. A Bookshelf Monstrosity

    October 30th, 2009 at 7:09 am

    “The book was not wasted on typical YA topics: boys, friends, school, etc. Rather, it was a young lady’s search for answers about the mysteries of the life which surrounded her.”

    It sounds like this book reaches above and beyond the typical YA fare. Thanks for the recommendation.
    .-= A Bookshelf Monstrosity´s last blog ..Review: Every Soul a Star =-.

  4. Kathy

    October 30th, 2009 at 7:13 am

    I loved this book too. Kephart is an amazingly talented author and I’m thrilled to have discovered her work. Glad you enjoyed it too.
    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..Review: Family Sentence =-.

  5. Jen - Devourer of Books

    October 30th, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    So far I’ve read two of Kephart’s books (including this one) and loved them both. She’s a great find.
    .-= Jen – Devourer of Books´s last blog ..The Murder of King Tut – Book Review =-.

  6. Kailana

    October 30th, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    I really want to read this book. It looks really good!

  7. Bookwordlover

    October 31st, 2009 at 3:07 am

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  8. Jennifer

    October 31st, 2009 at 8:51 am

    Great review. This is definitely one that I really want to read in the future. I have heard so many great things about how wonderful the writing. And you can’t help but love a book with beautiful writing that lets you just get lost in it.
    .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..Sunday Salon – October 18, 2009 =-.

  9. Kelly B

    October 31st, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Thank you for sharing it. I appreciate your review, and it is the first review I have read so I am extremely grateful. A 9 out of 10 on your scale says a lot. Looks like this really is one to get and keep!
    .-= Kelly B´s last blog ..Some Video from the Newsboys Concert =-.

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