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From the author of Some Kind of Animal comes a wildly unique story about an invisible girl struggling to see herself in a world obsessed with appearances. Pie is the ghost in your house. She is not dead, she is invisible. The way she looks changes depending on what is behind her. A girl of glass. A girl who is a window. If she stands in front of floral wallpaper she is full o From the author of Some Kind of Animal comes a wildly unique story about an invisible girl struggling to see herself in a world obsessed with appearances. Pie is the ghost in your house. She is not dead, she is invisible. The way she looks changes depending on what is behind her. A girl of glass. A girl who is a window. If she stands in front of floral wallpaper she is full of roses. For Pie’s entire life it’s been Pie and her mother. Just the two of them, traveling across America. They have slept in trains, in mattress stores, and on the bare ground. They have probably slept in your house. But Pie is lonely. And now, at seventeen, her mother’s given her a gift. The choice of the next city they will go to. And Pie knows exactly where she wants to go. Pittsburgh—where she fell in love with a girl who she plans to find once again. And this time she will reveal herself. Only how can anyone love an invisible girl? A magnificent story of love, and friendship, and learning to see yourself in a world based on appearances, I Am the Ghost in Your House is a brilliant reflection on the importance of how much more there is to our world than what meets the eye.


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From the author of Some Kind of Animal comes a wildly unique story about an invisible girl struggling to see herself in a world obsessed with appearances. Pie is the ghost in your house. She is not dead, she is invisible. The way she looks changes depending on what is behind her. A girl of glass. A girl who is a window. If she stands in front of floral wallpaper she is full o From the author of Some Kind of Animal comes a wildly unique story about an invisible girl struggling to see herself in a world obsessed with appearances. Pie is the ghost in your house. She is not dead, she is invisible. The way she looks changes depending on what is behind her. A girl of glass. A girl who is a window. If she stands in front of floral wallpaper she is full of roses. For Pie’s entire life it’s been Pie and her mother. Just the two of them, traveling across America. They have slept in trains, in mattress stores, and on the bare ground. They have probably slept in your house. But Pie is lonely. And now, at seventeen, her mother’s given her a gift. The choice of the next city they will go to. And Pie knows exactly where she wants to go. Pittsburgh—where she fell in love with a girl who she plans to find once again. And this time she will reveal herself. Only how can anyone love an invisible girl? A magnificent story of love, and friendship, and learning to see yourself in a world based on appearances, I Am the Ghost in Your House is a brilliant reflection on the importance of how much more there is to our world than what meets the eye.

30 review for I Am the Ghost in Your House

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Creepy, gorgeous, disturbing cover matches the weirdness and extra eeriness of the book! Imagine a girl named Pie who in invisible. This is not a gift or superhero power that you can turn it on and off! Nobody in the world has seen her actual face! She sees herself made of glass or water! Insubstantial! A girl who might break and wash away! Anything she touches also disappears. To solve this problem, she wears gloves to grab things to steal or move out but if anyone accidentally sees her, she ge Creepy, gorgeous, disturbing cover matches the weirdness and extra eeriness of the book! Imagine a girl named Pie who in invisible. This is not a gift or superhero power that you can turn it on and off! Nobody in the world has seen her actual face! She sees herself made of glass or water! Insubstantial! A girl who might break and wash away! Anything she touches also disappears. To solve this problem, she wears gloves to grab things to steal or move out but if anyone accidentally sees her, she gets into trouble because they see objects fly in the air and start screaming! Her mother is also suffering from same condition but she wasn’t born this way like Pie! And now she starts disappearing and re-emerging out of nowhere. Pie drags her mom to Halloween celebrations in Pittsburgh. This is the only day, she can walk around the real people with her double mask and feel a little like normal young girl! The real reason to go to a Pittsburgh by train ( without someone is sitting on their bodies) was a girl named Tess. Pie met her two years ago and fell hard! The mother and daughter need a place to stay for the night. Pie convinces her mother to follow a teenage girl called Neele. Her mother gets sick and disappears again. But this time she doesn’t come back! Of course Pie gets shocked because she doesn’t have any person in the world sharing the same condition with her. Without her mother, she has no idea how she could move on with her life! At the house she hears Neele goes to a party. Pie’s curiosity gets the best of her. She joins the party and surprisingly releases Tess is also at the same location. And then… I’m stopping right here! That’s the point where things get weirder! The concept of the book and creepiness level truly picked my interest! At first third the story was dragging, wobbling. I patiently waited to find out what’s gonna happen. In the middle things get a little changed and when we learn more about the past of mother- daughter, the pacing picked up! The conclusion was also good! It took too much time for me to get into the story. Several times I question myself if I should stop reading. It was still above the average, unique, weird reading experience. I liked the bleak, dark, irritating story concept. I wish it wasn’t slow burn. But I still give extra half star to round up 3.5 stars to 4 for the originality! Definitely different, interesting YA fantasy/ mystery novel: you should give a try if you like ghostly, spine tingling stories! Special thanks to NetGalley and Random House Children’s / Delacorte Press for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    Wasn’t what I thought! DNF Skim Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  3. 5 out of 5

    Pie

    I'm legally required to read this when it comes out because I have NEVER encountered another book with a character who has the same name as me I'm legally required to read this when it comes out because I have NEVER encountered another book with a character who has the same name as me

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sheena

    I feel like I was led astray by the marketing. The cover is amazing and it’s marketed as horror but this is nothing close to horror at all. I would call this YA magical realism which is fine but if I knew this I wouldn’t have requested this one sadly. Pie is an invisible 17 year old girl who is only seen by her mother (who’s also invisible), until she mysteriously disappears. Pie is left even more alone and has to figure out what to do next. Pie begins to make friendships, gives herself a new nam I feel like I was led astray by the marketing. The cover is amazing and it’s marketed as horror but this is nothing close to horror at all. I would call this YA magical realism which is fine but if I knew this I wouldn’t have requested this one sadly. Pie is an invisible 17 year old girl who is only seen by her mother (who’s also invisible), until she mysteriously disappears. Pie is left even more alone and has to figure out what to do next. Pie begins to make friendships, gives herself a new name and reaches out to her dad for help. Loneliness is a big element in the book as Pie longs to be loved. It’s a little YA and dramatic at some times but easy enough to read. I liked the concept of how Pie and her moms invisibility worked and how they managed day to day life. Their travels throughout the US were really fun to read but other than that this got boring and repetitive. I didn’t have high hopes but still was disappointed. Thank you to Netgalley for an advanced copy of this book!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Stay Fetters

    "Out in the world, everyone tells you to just be yourself but then punishes you when you are." I've never been stopped in my tracks by a book cover before. That all changed when I spotted this one. It's beautifully grotesque, the phantasm just takes your breath away. Probably one of my favorite book covers. Sadly the cover and the concept were the best things about this book. This had one of the most interesting concepts but I felt as if I was chasing my own tail most of the time. Things just hap "Out in the world, everyone tells you to just be yourself but then punishes you when you are." I've never been stopped in my tracks by a book cover before. That all changed when I spotted this one. It's beautifully grotesque, the phantasm just takes your breath away. Probably one of my favorite book covers. Sadly the cover and the concept were the best things about this book. This had one of the most interesting concepts but I felt as if I was chasing my own tail most of the time. Things just happened in this big continuous loop and it got old after the third time. At first, I was glued to the pages to find out what was going to happen next and then it kept happening and kept happening. Then the authors threw some side elements into the mix that took a lot of attention away from the main objective. I enjoyed the interaction between Pie and Denise but really didn't like it between Pie and her parents. Her parents were selfish and not loving at all. Some may see her Mom as a caring and wonderful Mum but she was nothing of the sort. And please don't get me started on that character that Pie called Dad. *puke* So this book was really a double-edged sword for me. I enjoyed this and then I didn't. While it was interesting, I wasn't fully invested. Denise, Jules, and Pie were the absolute cutest and no one can change my mind about that. Their instant bond with one another was so sweet. Instead of Denise being judgemental, she learned the full story before she made a choice. It was endearing. I Am the Ghost in Your House was okay. It was more disappointing than anything. While I liked Pie and her willingness to accept who she was, she forgot all about her Mum once she made friends. Which is really weird once you know the extent of their relationship. While I liked some of this book, it wasn't the book of the year like I thought it was going to be. I do recommend this one because it was really unique.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jan Agaton

    This was such a great concept and overall really well done when it came to creating the ways in which this invisibility is controlled, what Pie & her mom can get away with, how they navigate life, how they avoid interactions with visible people, etc. I really enjoyed the story as a whole. However, there were several scenes that felt like they were just included to make the book unnecessarily longer, and there were also several aspects that didn't seem to be resolved and questions that lacked ans This was such a great concept and overall really well done when it came to creating the ways in which this invisibility is controlled, what Pie & her mom can get away with, how they navigate life, how they avoid interactions with visible people, etc. I really enjoyed the story as a whole. However, there were several scenes that felt like they were just included to make the book unnecessarily longer, and there were also several aspects that didn't seem to be resolved and questions that lacked answers by the end of the book. Otherwise, it was a super fast read and a solid coming of age story.

  7. 4 out of 5

    akacya ♡̷̷ˎˊ

    3.5 as an invisible person, pie goes through life unnoticed. though she’d like to have friends, she knows she’d just scare people and her (also invisible) mom has drilled into her head she’d probably be taken away for testing, too. however, when she and her mom go back to pittsburgh—a place her mother said they’d never go again—she goes with the plan of reuniting with the girl she crushed on from afar two years ago. soon after reaching the city, her mother falls ill, and pie follows home someone 3.5 as an invisible person, pie goes through life unnoticed. though she’d like to have friends, she knows she’d just scare people and her (also invisible) mom has drilled into her head she’d probably be taken away for testing, too. however, when she and her mom go back to pittsburgh—a place her mother said they’d never go again—she goes with the plan of reuniting with the girl she crushed on from afar two years ago. soon after reaching the city, her mother falls ill, and pie follows home someone she thinks is her crush. however, the people whose house she inhabits might be more welcoming. the premise of this book sounded pretty interesting. i did expect this to be a horror, however her invisibility felt like something that was just there to make her quirky? this book read like a contemporary in which the main character happened to be invisible, if that makes sense. there was also quite a bit of infodumping, with too much tell and not enough show. it was a pretty quick read, though, despite its page length!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Saima

    3/5 stars. An interesting story, but I think my expectations for this were too high because it wasn't as good as I had hoped for. Pieta, or Pie for short, was a sweet character, and I felt for her and her plight of being utterly invisible to everyone when all she wanted was to be seen. I liked that we got to see glimpses of her life growing up, and how she and her mother got by, as well as seeing how her life was now that she was alone. I do think that the pacing for the book was slow, and there c 3/5 stars. An interesting story, but I think my expectations for this were too high because it wasn't as good as I had hoped for. Pieta, or Pie for short, was a sweet character, and I felt for her and her plight of being utterly invisible to everyone when all she wanted was to be seen. I liked that we got to see glimpses of her life growing up, and how she and her mother got by, as well as seeing how her life was now that she was alone. I do think that the pacing for the book was slow, and there could have been fewer flashbacks that didn't add to the current storyline. Pie herself felt somewhat like a wooden character, though she did grow into herself by the end of the novel. I know that she was still figuring herself out - how was she to know who she was, when she had spent the entirety of her life unseen - but unfortunately this made the beginning 1/3 of the novel feel bland because it was hard to be invested in her character. I did enjoy the last 1/3 of the book, where the plot finally picked up and the stakes were much higher, so I'm glad I did not stop reading the novel. While there were some shaky parts to the novel, it did deliver a satisfying ending.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jo Ladzinski

    Read an eARC from the publisher Content warning: absent parent (father), child sexual assault (Chapter 43, not depicted, heavily implied), mental illness, kidnapping, home invasion Pie isn’t a ghost, not exactly. But no one can see her, except for her equally invisible mom. All her life, they’ve been traveling across the United States, and Pie’s special treat holiday is Halloween. She chooses Pittsburg as the destination in the hopes that she’ll see the girl whose house she squatted in a few years Read an eARC from the publisher Content warning: absent parent (father), child sexual assault (Chapter 43, not depicted, heavily implied), mental illness, kidnapping, home invasion Pie isn’t a ghost, not exactly. But no one can see her, except for her equally invisible mom. All her life, they’ve been traveling across the United States, and Pie’s special treat holiday is Halloween. She chooses Pittsburg as the destination in the hopes that she’ll see the girl whose house she squatted in a few years before. Melancholy, tender, and spooky, this novel is a great examination of family born and chosen with a dash of boundary setting in more ways than one. A blog interview will be going up with the author on release day, April 19, 2022. The structure of this book lends well to giving a full spectrum look at the deep loneliness Pie experiences. Almost every chapter ends with a memory or an anecdote. So, we get to see her distance from people both in real time and the isolation it has caused in the past. The compassion the narration shows Pie’s mother is also incredible. Truly, a woman doing her best to protect her mother, and I would gladly read a spinoff story about her adolescence. There are some moments which flex the suspension of disbelief, such as some of the robberies that take place. Pie’s father is an absolute scoundrel and while her supernatural abilities make it seem that he’s always going to be successful. The way this storyline unfolds as Pie learns to trust herself and others is truly heart-wrenching and I really like the open-endedness of it. Nothing is tidy, but it’s super hopeful, especially given the sadness that preceded this particular episode in her life. If you’re looking for a read that features both loving support and stern accountability, the depiction of messy friendship is not something I’ve seen in fiction yet. While there is a happy for now, apologies don’t erase the upset. It’s an important depiction that conflict is inevitable but not relationship-threatening, especially among teen girls who are still in the process of discovering themselves.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    “It reminded me of ants or bees. Cells. All these individuals moving together, becoming one large organism. Part of something larger. I was never part of anything.” A reinvention of the Invisible Man trope that brings to mind that meme “If the world was blind, how many people would you impress?” This book explores the idea of invisibility without the superhero nuance, as something that simply exists like any other realistic “problem novel”. Pie and her mother are invisible. To survive they are alw “It reminded me of ants or bees. Cells. All these individuals moving together, becoming one large organism. Part of something larger. I was never part of anything.” A reinvention of the Invisible Man trope that brings to mind that meme “If the world was blind, how many people would you impress?” This book explores the idea of invisibility without the superhero nuance, as something that simply exists like any other realistic “problem novel”. Pie and her mother are invisible. To survive they are always actively working to make all evidence of their existence disappear. She and her mother travel on public transportation (avoiding other people sitting on them), living in empty vacation houses, sometimes in large houses with empty rooms while families are still there. Always existing in the tension between having anything you want - just by taking it correctly- and never having enough of what they truly want - authentic human interaction. Pie can take anything but it doesn’t have value because no one knows she has it. “”I’d held real diamonds in my hand before,and yet here I was, getting choked up over the gift of a disposable straw.” The plot is driven by a trip to Pittsburgh. Pie desires to connect again with Tess, a girl she became infatuated with the last time they were in the city. This time Pie’s mother, and only companion, winks out of existence and Pie works at developing true friendships, discovers more people are invisible and comes to terms with herself. I enjoyed the world building, the explanation of how the invisibility could be transferred to objects large and small, sometimes with disastrous consequences. But, the loneliness resonated most intensely, the desperate ache for connection, visibility, authentic human contact. This book gave me similar vibes to the movie Parasite. The idea of people moving in the intimate spaces of others without acknowledgement or authentic connection. This book feels rich with meaning and opportunity for book discussion Thanks #netgalley for the opportunity to preview this book. Look for it April 19th, 2022.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)

    3 stars. The plot of this is so cool and unique but the execution wasn’t the best. You can definitely tell that this is a debut novel because of the writing. The characters were pretty one dimensional and forgettable but the plot was entertaining and I can say that I was never really bored while reading this. I’m interested to see what this author does next because the book had a lot of potential and I have my fingers crossed that the next book by Moore will be better.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Maegs (the local bookworm)

    A very creepy fantasy novel.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Crowinator

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lynne

    Legit thought something was wrong with my computer screen when I came across this cover...So trippy! Automatically added to my read list just for that

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gabriella Crivilare

    Thank you to Delacorte Press, the author, and NetGalley for providing this eARC in exchange for an honest review. This book was released on April 19, 2022. It’s probably cliché to call this book haunting, but how else are you to describe a novel where the main character is invisible? Pie (short for Pietà) and her mother are utterly transparent, and move through the world like phantoms, living in people’s houses and stealing whatever items they need or want for survival. They’ve also been exorcize Thank you to Delacorte Press, the author, and NetGalley for providing this eARC in exchange for an honest review. This book was released on April 19, 2022. It’s probably cliché to call this book haunting, but how else are you to describe a novel where the main character is invisible? Pie (short for Pietà) and her mother are utterly transparent, and move through the world like phantoms, living in people’s houses and stealing whatever items they need or want for survival. They’ve also been exorcized more than once, and don’t put down roots, as staying in one place too long will get them noticed. And for Pie’s mother, that’s the worst possible thing she can imagine—so much so that she has been completely disappearing, flickering in and out of our plain of existence, to cope with that. When mother and daughter return to Pittsburgh two years after Pie became enamored with Tess, the girl whose house they were squatting in, Pie wants to see her again despite the way their brief, unlikely friendship ended—and this time, reveal her real self. I really loved how much this book was about not only being visible or invisible, but the risk inherent in being seen, and how that colored the lives of the characters and their choices when interacting with the world around them. A major part of that is explored through Pie’s mother, who was actually not born invisible; Pie theorizes she developed the condition as a kind of camouflage in order to avoid her father’s abuse. This is a bit of a spoiler, but (view spoiler)[the reverse also seems to be true: at the end of the novel, when Pie feels safe with Denise, she briefly becomes visible to the rest of the world. (hide spoiler)] The book isn’t just a commentary on appearances—it goes a whole level deeper than that in its exploration of how we perceive others and ourselves and does so in an extremely inventive way. Another thing I appreciated was the book’s structure, and how the reader was bounced from the main narrative to moments in Pie’s past that were tangentially or directly related to events in the present. I also absolutely did not expect this book to end as gently as it did, in what I felt was such a wholesome outcome. Pie does some messed up things which are second nature thanks to the lack of consequences in her upbringing (you never have to worry about following someone or stealing if you can’t be seen), but when she becomes aware of the ways in which her behavior is problematic, she takes steps to fix what she’s done—except in the case of Tess, which is left unresolved. This does make sense for the narrative, but I wish there had been a little more overt closure on that front. Similarly, I don’t think the scenes with Pie’s father did as much heavy lifting as they could have; between his career as an art thief and all the revelations related to where Pie’s mother has slipped away to, I thought there could have been just a tiny bit more elaboration, because they were so intriguing and had so much potential to have a larger impact. Overall, this is a lovely and strangely tender book with a unique perspective on our appearance-oriented world, and it takes its power from its willingness to be patient.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review! The premise of this book was very intriguing, making it one of my most anticipated reads of the year. I love the concept of the main character and her mother, Pie, being invisible and living in other people's houses, acting as a kind of "ghost". It had a sweet sapphic romance that was my favorite part of the book and one of the biggest reasons why I was anticipated it so much. I think the compli Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review! The premise of this book was very intriguing, making it one of my most anticipated reads of the year. I love the concept of the main character and her mother, Pie, being invisible and living in other people's houses, acting as a kind of "ghost". It had a sweet sapphic romance that was my favorite part of the book and one of the biggest reasons why I was anticipated it so much. I think the complicated relationship between Pie and her controlling mother was explored and handled well. The characters of Denise, Neely, Jules, and Tess were great additions to the book. However, the feel/genre of the book was different from what I was expecting; it had more of a contemporary fantasy feel than actual horror. I really enjoyed the side characters that were introduced and became Pie's friends, but I felt like the storyline with Pie's father was not necessary at all, and I would've liked the book better if more time was spent on other things.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie (abookandadog)

    I think teenage me would have felt seen in this book. I was a quiet and unspectacular kid and kind of felt invisible sometimes. Except for that small group of a few friends who were everything to me. I never really put words to that feeling until now, so thanks to the author for the therapy. This story has some adventurous traveling in the short chapters of Pie’s history and current stories of teenagers getting into trouble of course. I enjoyed the explorations into what friendship really means I think teenage me would have felt seen in this book. I was a quiet and unspectacular kid and kind of felt invisible sometimes. Except for that small group of a few friends who were everything to me. I never really put words to that feeling until now, so thanks to the author for the therapy. This story has some adventurous traveling in the short chapters of Pie’s history and current stories of teenagers getting into trouble of course. I enjoyed the explorations into what friendship really means and how the MC moved around on the edges and inside her world. And the writing style is just fantastic. I’ve already recommended this book to several friends who I think would really enjoy it! “That is safe. That is normal for me. That is how I love. Like a museum. Distant, untouching, silent.” “It was part of the loneliness that lived inside me, that inhabited my bones, curled up inside instead of marrow” (I received this early copy via netgalley in exchange for my honest review)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Rae (raenydayreads)

    I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ARC provided by Penguin Random House Canada. Pie has been invisible her entire life, literally. Alongside her mom, they have moved across America, sleeping in trains, mattress stores and other peoples homes, never having a place of their own. But at seventeen, Pie is lonely being in a world where she isn't seen. Together, the two set off to Pittsburgh where Pie dreams of revealing herself to the girl she once fell in love wi I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ARC provided by Penguin Random House Canada. Pie has been invisible her entire life, literally. Alongside her mom, they have moved across America, sleeping in trains, mattress stores and other peoples homes, never having a place of their own. But at seventeen, Pie is lonely being in a world where she isn't seen. Together, the two set off to Pittsburgh where Pie dreams of revealing herself to the girl she once fell in love with; unfortunately, Tess has no idea she exists. I Am the Ghost in Your House is an incredibly unique story about friendship and learning to love yourself when your entire existence feels transparent. I really enjoyed watching Pie's growth throughout the story as she faced her fears and went after the things she wanted. That said, I didn't care for the storyline with her father, it felt unnecessary and I would've appreciate the time spent on it dedicated to Denise, Jules and Neely instead. Seeing them bond is what drew me in the most. The gorgeous cover helped as well. Also, sapphic love. I do wish there was more of an explanation as to how and why Pia is invisible. The premise behind why it happened to her mother made sense, but I wanted more. Overall, I Am the Ghost in Your House is an intriguing and original piece of writing that I think YA fans would appreciate.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Optimisticbooknerd

    This is one of the most beautifully unique books I've ever read. This is one of my most anticipated book for 2022 and I was so lucky to be able to review it a bit early. I absolutely adored this book and Pie as our main character who her and her mother are invisible and it's such an amazing story and it has eerie/crazy vibes that were absolutely immaculate and whoever designed this beautiful cover deserves a raise or something. I feel like it definitely captures the vibe of this book. This is a str This is one of the most beautifully unique books I've ever read. This is one of my most anticipated book for 2022 and I was so lucky to be able to review it a bit early. I absolutely adored this book and Pie as our main character who her and her mother are invisible and it's such an amazing story and it has eerie/crazy vibes that were absolutely immaculate and whoever designed this beautiful cover deserves a raise or something. I feel like it definitely captures the vibe of this book. This is a strange book but it's so worth it. 4.5 stars

  20. 5 out of 5

    MK

    Charming, witty, spooky, and absurd in the best way. Romasco-Moore tactfully juggles chaotic young love and friendship with themes of survival, inherited trauma, vulnerability and self determination. The character development felt real as hell and the ending was excellently satisfying. The last line of this book left me with goosebumps for days.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ellis (whatellisreadnext)

    𝘏𝘦𝘳 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘴 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘰𝘯 𝘧𝘪𝘳𝘦. There's a first time for everything, and before this I'd never read a book were the main protagonist was invisible. I enjoyed reading I Am the Ghost in Your House, and I have it to thank for dragging me out of a massive reading slump. It was a super unique concept and so easy to follow, but not a lot happened and some of the teenage dialogue was a bit angsty at times. I'm talking loads of miscommunication, and a girl singing a punk song about somebodies hea 𝘏𝘦𝘳 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘴 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘰𝘯 𝘧𝘪𝘳𝘦. There's a first time for everything, and before this I'd never read a book were the main protagonist was invisible. I enjoyed reading I Am the Ghost in Your House, and I have it to thank for dragging me out of a massive reading slump. It was a super unique concept and so easy to follow, but not a lot happened and some of the teenage dialogue was a bit angsty at times. I'm talking loads of miscommunication, and a girl singing a punk song about somebodies head being an egg and how she wanted to eat it on toast... There were loads of short inbetween chapters about Pie's past life, following her and her mother on their travels. I honestly think I would have preferred a book full of her just travelling around America being invisible and stuff, because these chapters were some of my favourite parts. If you don't think too much about the mechanics of this one, and are accustomed to a bit of teenage angst, you'll probably enjoy it! And I mean this cover is outstanding; my favourite of the year so far, without a doubt 💁🏻‍♀️

  22. 5 out of 5

    Becca

    Thank you to Delacorte Press for the e-ARC of I Am the Ghost in Your House in exchange for an honest review! The cover to this one is STUNNING & the concept is very unique, however, the story itself is a bit bland.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

    I liked the premise of the story, but I didn't like the execution. The writing made it feel detached and kind of boring. I liked the premise of the story, but I didn't like the execution. The writing made it feel detached and kind of boring.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Paris Chadwick

    This was so eerie and it made me feel like the moment you put your head underwater and the whole world goes further away. Absolutely amazing and I'm so excited to get this gorgeous cover This was so eerie and it made me feel like the moment you put your head underwater and the whole world goes further away. Absolutely amazing and I'm so excited to get this gorgeous cover

  25. 4 out of 5

    Raaven

    Okay first, I love the cover. I also loved this story. I loved Pie. Being lonely can feel like a curse and this book did such an amazing job with it. Seeing Pie find where she belonged and her found family had me wanting to cry. Deff a favorite.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    Well now that was simply just a delight

  27. 4 out of 5

    Trans-cending-literature

    I really enjoyed the process of reading this book, but it wasn’t a story which stuck with me and isn’t going to be a favorite book of mine. I really enjoy the concept and the ways the author explored it, showing how Pie and her mother used her invisibility to steal, sit in on college classes, explore museums hands on, ect. CW: absent parent (father), child sexual assault, mental illness, gun violence Rep: sapphic, side nonbinary, trans girl

  28. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    While the plot and concept behind this YA novel are quite unique, especially for this particular audience, the conclusion left me with many questions about why certain individuals, including Pie and her mother are invisible. Since there are many folks out there, including those that are homeless or not part of the popular crowd in middle school and high school, who might be considered to be invisible or simply not seen or noticed, I expected some similar big revelation. But alas! That was not to While the plot and concept behind this YA novel are quite unique, especially for this particular audience, the conclusion left me with many questions about why certain individuals, including Pie and her mother are invisible. Since there are many folks out there, including those that are homeless or not part of the popular crowd in middle school and high school, who might be considered to be invisible or simply not seen or noticed, I expected some similar big revelation. But alas! That was not to come, and I never really learned why Pie was born invisible. From the brief flashbacks when Pie reflected on her mother's upbringing and abuse, it was clear why she might have chosen to go underground but not why Pie would be unseen. All of this distracted me and kept me from enjoying the book more than I might have otherwise. Still, the structure of the book worked well for me as Pie describes her current living situation in Pittsburgh and then moves back and forth in time to various cities across the country where she and her mother have spent time. Since both of them are invisible, except to each other, seventeen-year-old Pie has had little contact with others, and she and her mother have taken whatever they needed in order to survive. Pie loves Halloween since she can mask up and wander along the city streets without notice, and she's persuaded her mother to return to Pittsburgh, a city they visited two years ago, so that she can reveal herself to Tess, a girl on whom she's crushing. But Tess is nothing like Pie thought she was, and unlike some of Tess's other friends--Denise and Jules in particular--is unable to believe that an invisible girl could exist. Denise and Jules seem to accept Pie on her own terms. Parts of the story are haunting and heartbreaking, but in the end, the book simply didn't live up to my expectations. It's cool that Pie found her voice or creative outlet through punk music and seems to have a home of her own, but I foresee many complications. Suffice it to say that the author packs a lot of action over the span of a few days and fills the book with unsavory characters, including Pie's father and Tess. Her growing disenchantment with Tess mirrors in some ways what happens in the case of first loves, especially those maintained from a distance, but honestly, I never saw her charms in the way that Tess did and I could never understand the great power to move structures that Pie seemed to have. This one is worth a read but probably not a reread.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jaiden

    First Thoughts: From the start, this book is very intriguing. You get to know just enough about the main character's background and situation. Though, a plot oriented problem arises from the beginning to open up the stories potential. I felt an automatic draw and love for it; eager to read more. Writing: The author did such a splendid job encapsulating a lonely, confused and young girl. Too often, the right maturity in a teen main character is not found. They either have a voice that is too old, or First Thoughts: From the start, this book is very intriguing. You get to know just enough about the main character's background and situation. Though, a plot oriented problem arises from the beginning to open up the stories potential. I felt an automatic draw and love for it; eager to read more. Writing: The author did such a splendid job encapsulating a lonely, confused and young girl. Too often, the right maturity in a teen main character is not found. They either have a voice that is too old, or way too young. This one was just right. Plot: The plot was so original! I could be alone in this but I had never read about an invisible girl. Not one that was from birth, set in a contemporary setting. No, this isn't a metaphorical invisible (wallflower) story. Pie is quite literally invisible to the common eye. She was born this way, her mother (also invisible- though not by birth) being her only companion her entire life. For her mother, this is a sanctity. For Pie, she has dreamed of being seen, finding companionship. Every teen already struggles with fitting in and finding themselves, their voice, etc. . Pie has extra obstacles holding her back. Not only do we get to explore the struggles of her invisibility and family but truly her identity. That in itself felt like a pleasure to witness. Characters: This kind of goes hand in hand with plot but I haven't loved a main character as much and as instantaneously as I did Pie. I feel like I tend to fall in love more with the side characters and yes, the side characters in this book were amazing too. They had their hand in Pie's life, the actions she takes and how she grows into herself. Pie really does steal the show though. There wasn't a moment I wasn't routing for her. Romance: There isn't anything steamy here. No spice. If that's a core value you need in a book, it might not be for you. This is a YA coming of age tale. Our characters are starting to feel out the concept of love in general - romantically, familial, and for the self. Of course, there's a bit of romance as this is a YA book. We get all the ups and downs of young love and the transformations it takes. This is also a very inclusive story of LGBTQ+ Overall: This is one of my favorite reads of the year so far. I don't read contemporary books often. I love the insight we get on a girl who has always been a spectator herself. Here I was reading about an invisible girl who couldn't participate in the lives she witnessed while I myself was an invisible spectator on her life, watching her bloom. I will happily read anything Romasco-Moore puts out.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Hayley

    I should have expected this book to be a little weird if not from the description alone than the fact that Maria Moore wrote it. Her first book was very weird as well, all be it amazing at the same time. This one was just like that it is all about our main character Pie. Pie is like all other teenagers her age, she lives with her mother, and doesn't always agree with what she is told the only difference between her and other kids her age, is Pie and her mother are invisible. While Pie and her mo I should have expected this book to be a little weird if not from the description alone than the fact that Maria Moore wrote it. Her first book was very weird as well, all be it amazing at the same time. This one was just like that it is all about our main character Pie. Pie is like all other teenagers her age, she lives with her mother, and doesn't always agree with what she is told the only difference between her and other kids her age, is Pie and her mother are invisible. While Pie and her mother have put up rules in order to contain their problem it doesn't always work and when Pies mother disappears for good one day Pie is left on her own in a world that she doesn't quite understand. I really liked this story because it was so different from anything that I've ever read before and I loved the main character. It was really sad to see her having to always hide and watch her actions even as a small child, in the attempt to protect herself and her mother from certain harm. Struggling to figure things put Pie meets Tess and the two hit it off instantly and sparks fly. That is when the real story starts. I really enjoyed the character development in this book and I liked the dynamic between Pie and Tess. The only thing I wasn't a big fan of was the ending I felt it to be a little bit rushed, however that could be because I didn't want this story to end. Great read and I'm glad that I got the chance to read it, this is one book that is so unlike any other that anyone has read or will read. It will leave a mark that is for sure.

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