August 3, 2018

Book Review: Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Title: Ghost
Author: Jason Reynolds
Copy Obtained: Bought

About the Book From Goodreads

Running. That's all that Ghost (real name Castle Cranshaw) has ever known. But never for a track team. Nope, his game has always been ball. But when Ghost impulsively challenges an elite sprinter to a race -- and wins -- the Olympic medalist track coach sees he has something: crazy natural talent. Thing is, Ghost has something else: a lot of anger, and a past that he is trying to outrun. Can Ghost harness his raw talent for speed and meld with the team, or will his past finally catch up to him?

Short Version: A quick read that had a lot going on! I want to know more and want to read the rest of the books! 

Long Version: First of all I'm so happy to have a series that includes track! I know a lot of kids that are runners, and it's not easy to find books that including track! But the best part - if they read it because it has track/running in it - they'll also get a great story.  About that story - I really liked Ghost (the character).  Did I want to shake him?  Yes.  Did he frustrate me? Several times! Was I proud of him? 100%!!! I so felt for Ghost and all that he's been through.  I can't even begin to say I know what he's going through because I've never been through anything even remotely close.  I do know that his life was shaken to the core and that I can relate to.  As a teacher, I completely bought into him.  I've had kids hurting that much and acting out that much.  They worried me because I didn't know how they would turn out - if they'd find some way to turn around.  I felt that a lot for Ghost.  And honestly - I don't know 100% if he will yet! I want to see more of him in the rest of the series.  I know they focus on the other runners, but I'm sure I'll see a little more about how he's doing. 

I need to comment on Ghost's family.  They were fantastic.  I loved how strong and loving his mom was.  And I loved how he had other family members there supporting him as well.  You don't always see that in books.  So many times we see absentee parents.  That wasn't the case here.  

I truly can't wait to read the next books.  Reynolds does a wonderful job of creating characters that make me care about them.  

Best stick-with-you image: When he runs out of school after the students start laughing at him.  So painfully realistic.  
Best for readers who: Like running and for readers who feel lost, angry or frustrated.  This can help them see there is a place for them.  

Library Thoughts: For sure! So many kids can relate to Ghost! 


  1. I have read each of the companion books that have been published and have enjoyed getting to know the team one by one in more depth.

  2. I am hearing a lot of buzz about this one. Thanks for your review.