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Jack’s got a lot on his mind: He’s trying to figure out the mystery of the opposite sex, he can’t stop wondering about facial hair, and he won’t let go of his mother’s ghost, even though she died seven years ago. Jack knows he can’t hang on to the past forever, but what he doesn’t know is how to let go.Then he meets Annabel. She’s beautiful, smart, and she gets him. SuddenJack’s got a lot on his mind: He’s trying to figure out the mystery of the opposite sex, he can’t stop wondering about facial hair, and he won’t let go of his mother’s ghost, even though she died seven years ago. Jack knows he can’t hang on to the past forever, but what he doesn’t know is how to let go.Then he meets Annabel. She’s beautiful, smart, and she gets him. Suddenly love makes sense, and the future seems hopeful. And for the first time, Jack feels ready to leave the past where it belongs…...

Title : Love, Ghosts,Facial Hair
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ISBN : 9781439121702
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 128 Pages
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Love, Ghosts,Facial Hair Reviews

  • Mike Jensen
    2018-11-16 21:20

    Steven Herrick pretends he is a poet,but this book is not any more poetrythan this review. He writes prose,then hits the return key to put the next phraseon a different line.That's bullshit.This book lacks the thingsthat makes poetry poeticsuch as metaphor simile allusion and unexpected last linesthat seem to make the lines before worthwhile.He does on a very few occasions use repetitive structure to structure the lines with structurebut most lines are structureless.I imagine this book speaks to teenagersmore than it does to me. It is possible that the protagonist'suninteresting life is interestingto people the right age.All I got from it is that the character and probably the authorhas a sick obsession withfacial hair nose hair ear hairwhich put me off.There is nothing resembling a storyhere,but the protagonist's feelings are expressed clearlyeven if they are commonplace. I have read all the Steven Herrick I will ever read.If you are lucky, you have read even less.

  • Melissa Wehunt
    2018-12-07 19:24

    Well, to be honest, this is not really my type of book. I mainly picked it up because it was about to be deleted from my collection, it was short, and looked kind of weird so I thought I'd give it a try. And you know what? It totally payed off! Love, Ghosts, & Facial Hair is the coming of age story of a boy named Jack after he loses his mother to Cancer. Written in verse, Jack writes poems about the diagnosis of his mother's illness, of his mother and father's loving relationship up to the day she died, of the return of his mother's ghost, and of his developing relationship with Annabel. In addition to Jack's point of view, there are other poems written from the perspective of Annabel, Jack's sister, Desiree, and Jack's father. While this is a fast read (easily read in just and hour or two...), it is full of loving relationships and positive changes in Jack's life. What a relief and change of pace to read of such experiances! In fact, I'm surprised this book is rated as low as it is... At any a rule, I always try to mention sexual content though...because many of my Teen's parents are sensitive to such it is important to realize that Jack and Annabel to begin a sexual relationship. Herrick's poetry describes the events vaguely and in a very respectable manner, so nothing to be worried about on that front other than the fact that it happens. Overall, a good, fast read. A welcome change from the usual stuff I read. The lesson I learned? Sometimes it pays off to take a chance and read something you're not used to reading! Woot!

  • David
    2018-12-05 23:16

    What an awful title and unfortunate cover art for a pretty spectacular collection of poems. What's up with teen books and 3-item list titles, anyway? This book (at least the edition I just read) sells itself as a teen boy coming of age book- and it is, but it is so much more than that dreadful title implies.What we actually have is a montage through a year(ish) in the life of a teenage boy, his girlfriend, his dad, his sister, and a pit stop here or there with other characters. Jack's mother died seven years ago, and his family is struggling with the reality of life without her. The poems fly through different events of the character's lives and focus on letting us see more and more of them and their hearts as the story progresses.The poems are wild, fierce, beautiful, unpredictable. They are haunting, sad, funny, and I couldn't get enough of them. The characters have depth, they think about things, and Herrick gives us little snapshots of them that tantalize and make us want to know them better.A beautiful, sometimes flat-out stunning, collection.

  • Carrie
    2018-11-26 02:21

    Carrie AckersonPoetryThis collection of poems chronicles Aussie teen Jack’s thoughts about love (sex, mostly), the ghost in his house (his mother, who died seven years ago of cancer), and facial hair (mostly in his nose, but his sister has a bit too). Most of the poems are from Jack’s point of view, but some are ascribed to his sister or dad or his new girlfriend Annabel. As Jack and Annabel develop their relationship, Jack finds that he is able to let go of his mother’s ghost and move on with his life. The poems are not flowery or stuffy; read this for an inside view from a boy who would rather write than play football. Sometimes sad and sometimes funny. Be sure you read each title; the “different writers” speak in the same voice.

  • Casle
    2018-11-22 19:27

    While I liked his book, Wolf, very much, I finished this a week ago and can’t remember what it’s about. It’s written in verse.

  • Hannah
    2018-12-10 23:23

    Great moments of real depth and honesty.

  • Terry Grodzki
    2018-11-26 01:37

    “The ghost spoke to me last night/I was sleeping/ I turned to the window where she sat/ she whispered for me to tell Desiree/ to stop looking into the mirror/ and then she disappeared/ the next morning/ I told Desiree/ she didn’t believe me at first/ then she gave me a kiss/ went to her room / and came out in her favourite dress/ and white stockings/ she said she was having the day off/ Dad smiled, and said he was too/ they both looked at me, pleading/ for me to jig school/ this house is going mad. “The first time I read this I could not understand why I was immediately brought to tears, it really is just a three people who are cutting loose, breaking the rules and having a day of fun. The second time I read it I did so slowly, each word, each line read slowly and with care. Again, my eyes tear up and my heart is struck as something reaches deep down inside my soul and tears at a piece of grief that I didn’t know was there. On the third read I let the tears flow freely and with each line I let that deeply buried grief of events long past gush out of me. In the end my hearts soul feels raw but somehow better, stronger, healthier. I think that I too will have a day of fun, maybe even jig school.

  • Cory
    2018-11-16 19:16

    FYI? I don't particularly care for books in verse. I tend to think they are precious and needlessly convoluted and pretentious. I mean, if you have something to say, just say it!!!! However, I REALLY liked this book. I read it in one sitting, and I teared up at the end. It was good. I'm amazed at how well Herrick conveyed the personalities of his characters in so few words, and how he made me care about them.

  • Tiana-lee Fackrell
    2018-11-27 00:24

    "Love, Ghosts and Facial Hair" is an interesting read aimed at young adults. Some parts of this verse novel are sexually explicit and it's not the kind of book you would buy your 5th grader but it was good read and it had good parts therefor showing a positive change among his circumstances. For this I give it 3/5 stars.

  • Hossain
    2018-11-29 20:39

    I just love this guy. His By The River and The Wolf was just brilliant. This is the seventh book of him that I have read. It is however not a 5 star book. It is just too short for me to really like it. Also it is not really under 3 star book. I am giving it 5 star too boost it's rating a little.

  • Michelle. D.
    2018-11-26 22:15

    Cute but i swear I have seen a book EXACTLY like this. and you know the next one, A Place Like This, or something?I think I have read a book exactly like that. With the plot and all because I am having a HUGE case of deja vu.Anyway, the book was OK, nothing special really. You can't really change anything to make it better, I think. Kind of a time waster.

  • Trever Polak
    2018-11-23 22:12

    I got this for free because I liked the font on the cover. I didn't know it was a YA verse novel, but after I knew I still read it because it was really short. Anyway, the characters were flat and the story was just uninteresting puppy love. The only trace of a twist is that the protagonist's mother is dead and is a ghost he talks to. So if you're into that, great. But I think it's just bad.

  • Cecily Kyle
    2018-12-03 01:37

    Cute read!! Really short and sweet and I kinda wish it was longer. I love books written in verse and this one just had a quirkiness to it. Unfortunately, I don't think it is one that I will remember in the long run, nothing much about it to stick out.. except maybe nose hair?haha not bad!

  • Anna
    2018-12-09 21:13

    This is a powerful little book! I love that the story was told through poems written from various perspectives. Jack is the main character, but you also get to know Desiree (his sister), his dad, his friend Ezra, and his girlfriend Annabel. It's very touching and quite sad at times.

  • Jessica Shimerda
    2018-12-10 19:29

    it was ok, not the best book; very easy read. talks about 2 teens liking eachother and thier views on what happens. love, facial hair and deffiniatly ghosts do play a big part in this book hence the title.

  • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
    2018-11-22 02:25

    Australian novel in verse.

  • Freddy
    2018-11-24 19:25

    fun, quick read... i'd give it a 6 out of 10 overall... not the best book i've read but if you like herrick's other books, you'd like this one as well...

  • Courtney
    2018-11-26 21:30

    I had really hoped this book would be good, but it wasn't. At times it was so hard to follow the story. This made it really hard to get into the story.

  • Rose
    2018-12-08 01:24

    A wonderful coming-of-age novel in verse. Life is always a challenge... but that's what makes it interesting.

  • Stephanie
    2018-11-24 18:26

    I read this boom in the spring of 2004. I m giving it 2 stars because i really don't remember much about it.

  • AM
    2018-11-15 01:18

    Okay novel in verse from a male perspective.