Title: Vintage: A Ghost Story
Author: Steve Berman
Page Length: 149 pages
Synopsis: In a small New Jersey town a lonely boy walking along a highway one autumn evening meets the boy of his dreams, a boy who happens to have died decades ago and haunts the road. Awkward crushes, both bitter and sweet, lead him to face youthful dreams and childish fears. With a cast of offbeat friends, antiques, and Ouija boards, Vintage offers readers a memorable blend of dark humor, chills and love.
“Have you ever seen a ghost before?”
“Just odd that he broke his routine for you.”
“Ghosts are trapped spirits. They’re always repeating themselves. Josh always walked the highway. Another ghost might only roam up and down a flight of stairs.”
“So we set Josh free?”
She started to say something, then shut her mouth.
“Nothing. I just don’t know what we did or how.”
― Stever Berman, Vintage: A Ghost Story
Why did I chose this book?
One of my favourite goth gay ghost stories of my childhood. Honestly, I haven’t really read any other that worked for me as well as this one did. It was phenomenal. (Especially for the time when I read it)
Now, I’m sure there’s a some good titles available nowadays, but a decade ago? Yeah. Not so much.
What I love/like about it:
- The story (which, though about gay characters was not revolved around them and sex every other page)
- The characters. Such sympathetic and believable boys those two were. My heart still aches for them to this day. Trace was also a win-win love for me.
- The ending. I… was pretty satisfied with that ending, even though it wasn’t exactly the happiest…
Warnings or Triggers
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Hmm… I can’t really say because that would give SO much away, but just… well… One of ‘em’s DEAD, so… y’know. You’ll be finding out about how that shit went down and all. Plus there’s some self-harm moments, bullying, gay-hating and the like. Not overdone, but it’s there. Fair warning. Also black magic!!!! (As in a ouji board. That’s it, y’all. Don’t freak.)
ALTERNATIVE TITLES FOR THE DAY
Don’t try to find meaning in this particular selection. These were just other books (and book series) that couldn’t quite make it in the line-up for the month.