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Review: The Girl and the Ghost by Hanna Alkaf

The Girl and the Ghost is an endearing, emotional, and action packed middle grade about friendship and forgiveness. It’s a middle grade that talks about toxic friendship and family secrets. Keep reading this book review to see why I loved The Girl and the Ghost.


I am a dark spirit, the ghost announced grandly. I am your inheritance, your grandmother’s legacy. I am yours to command.

Suraya is delighted when her witch grandmother gifts her a pelesit. She names her ghostly companion Pink, and the two quickly become inseparable.

But Suraya doesn’t know that pelesits have a dark side—and when Pink’s shadows threaten to consume them both, they must find enough light to survive . . . before they are both lost to the darkness.


(Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

What makes The Girl and the Ghost such an emotional book, is how relatable Suraya and her story are. A lonely girl in a world that doesn’t understand her. And those feelings of watching our friends drift further away from us. Those moments of rage, resentment, and anger. The Girl and the Ghost is a story about friendship and forgiveness. My heart ached this entire book whether it was Suraya or Pink’s feelings (Pink has a POV!) or the revealed family secrets.

Something that twisted my heart was the way Suraya does not want to see people hurt, even her enemies, when there seems to be so much pressure to lash out when we are hurt. To exact revenge and relish in it. It made me think about children and when they learn these patterns of thinking and the cycle of revenge and hurt. The Girl and the Ghost is part mystery and action while also being an introspective story about friendship. It’s also a story about power, grief, and loss. About letting go of the past and embracing the present.

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