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I Belong

Review: The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington

Title: The Dead and Buried

Author: Kim Harrington

GenreYA Paranormal

Series: N/A

Publication Date: January 1, 2013

Format: Hardcover, 304 Pages

ISBN-10: 0545333024 (Scholastic Teen)

ISBN-13: 978-0545333023 (Scholastic Teen)

Reviewed by: Bridget


A haunted house, a buried mystery, and a very angry ghost make this one unforgettable thriller.

Jade loves the house she’s just moved into with her family. She doesn’t even mind being the new girl at the high school: It’s a fresh start, and there’s that one guy with the dreamy blue eyes. . . . But then things begin happening. Strange, otherworldly things. Jade’s little brother claims to see a glimmering girl in his room. Jade’s jewelry gets moved around, as if by an invisible hand. Kids at school whisper behind her back like they know something she doesn’t.

Soon, Jade must face an impossible fact: that her perfect house is haunted. Haunted by a ghost who’s seeking not just vengeance, but the truth. The ghost of a girl who ruled Jade’s school — until her untimely death last year. It’s up to Jade to put the pieces together before her own life is at stake. As Jade investigates the mystery, she discovers that her new friends in town have more than a few deep, dark secrets. But is one of them a murderer?

Quick & Dirty: Good easy read, with a little suspense and a mystery to solve.

Opening Sentence: I’m not stupid. I know half of them only worship me because they fear me.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Jade has just moved to a new town into a beautiful house with her family.  She grew up in a tiny town in Connecticut and she always wanted to live in a bigger town and go to a nicer school.  She finally got her wish.  She is starting her senior year and she is excited to have a fresh start.  Turns out her dream house isn’t quite as great as she thought, a girl named Kayla Sloane died there last year.  She fell down the flight of stairs in the house and it was never confirmed if it was foul play or not.  Then things start to happen in the house, like things being moved and Jade’s little five year old brother said that he can see a glimmering girl in his room sometimes.  Turns out Kayla was murdered and she wants to know who did it.  She threatens to harm Jades little brother if she doesn’t help her find out the truth.  The problem is the suspect list is a mile long.

Kayla Sloane was not a nice person.  She was beautiful, popular, big-time soccer player and very smart.  She used her powers to get other people to do what she wants and to make life miserable for  anyone that dares to stand up to her.  She is that girl everyone wants to be seen with but deep down they all really hated her.  She was never really open with anyone even her closest friends.  There are three big suspects that are at the top of the list.

The top suspect would have to be her boyfriend Donovan.  He was the last person to see Kayla alive and everyone believes that he did it, but there was never any proof.  Jade meets Donovan on her first day of school and she has to admit he is very attractive, but he seems so unhappy.  Is he just broken hearted over the girl he lost or is there some underlying guilt that he feels for being part of Kayla’s death?   Jade will need to figure it out because the more time she spends with Donavan the more she keeps falling for him.

The next suspect would have to be Alexa.  She was competing with Kayla for Valid Victorian.  Alexa is the polar opposite of Kayla.  She was always awkward and never really fit in with anyone.   Kayla did everything in her power to humiliate and hurt Alexa.   Alexa is pretty indifferent to what people think about her and she seems to really have no emotions at times, so is it possible she took Kayla out to insure her number 1 spot in the class? Alexa is assigned to help Jade her first day of school, and they become good friends.  Yeah Alexa has her weird quirks, but so does Jade so they get along great.  Jade has a hard time believing Alexa would hurt anyone, but she doesn’t really know her that well yet.

Our last suspect is Kane.  He was good friends with Kayla since they were kids, but he always hoped it would become more.  He is very good looking and a great Lacrosse player, but he comes from a poor family.  Pretty much any girl in the school would love to go out with him, all except for Kayla.  Did he kill Kayla because he didn’t want her to be with anyone else? Kane seems to be attracted to Jade right off the bat, but Jade has heard that he is a player.  She doesn’t know if she can trust him but he is in with all of Kayla’s old friends, and that’s her best bet to get this mystery solved.  Kayla isn’t any nicer as a ghost and if Jade wants to save her brother she needs to find some answers and fast.

This was a fun paranormal read.  It had parts that were a little intense but nothing to scary.  Honestly, the book was pretty predictable, I figured out who did it pretty early on.  I liked the characters and the romance was cute.  The book was well written, but I just wouldn’t say that anything really grabbed me to make me feel it was a great read. There were parts that dragged a little for me, but overall I do think people will still enjoy the book.  I would recommend this book to anyone that likes ghost stories, but nothing too scary.

Notable Scene


A rush of breath came from the gathered crowd.  I inhaled deeply through a twinge of anxiety.

“Then how did you die?” I asked. Faye was shocked into silence; she didn’t even seem to mind that I’d taken over.

The pointer slid around the glossy cardboard, stopping briefly between letters.


“Who pushed you?” I asked. The tension rose in the air like a swelling wave.

“Stop!”  Faye yelled. “This isn’t right. We have to stop.”

We pulled our hands away as Faye began to sob hysterically. Donovan frowned at his fingers like he’d touched something dirty.  I wanted to keep going.

The pointer shuddered back to life and began to swirl slowly around the board.

With no one touching it.

FTC Advisory: Scholastic Point provided me with a copy of The Dead and Buried. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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