Review: The Mediator: Shadowland by Meg Cabot

Meg Cabot’s Website
Publisher: Avon Books: an imprint of HarperCollins
Age Group: Teen
Source: Borrowed from public library
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Summary from Amazon:

Suze is a mediator — a liaison between the living and the dead. In other words, she sees dead people. And they won’t leave her alone until she helps them resolve their unfinished business with the living. But Jesse, the hot ghost haunting her bedroom, doesn’t seem to need her help. Which is a relief, because Suze has just moved to sunny California and plans to start fresh, with trips to the mall instead of the cemetery, and surfing instead of spectral visitations.

But the very first day at her new school, Suze realizes it’s not that easy. There’s a ghost with revenge on her mind … and Suze happens to be in the way.

My Thoughts:

This was an interesting Meg Cabot read.  It read a bit differently than the other Cabot books I’ve read so far.  I definitely enjoyed this one, but it isn’t my favorite of her books.

Suze, the main character (MC), was so interesting.  She is one tough cookie, always going around punching ghosts, and threatening to break a student’s fingers.  I could understand where she was coming from.  She was an outsider in NYC, and she had no one to talk to about her special ability to see and speak to ghosts.  Well, she developed a tough exterior.

But sometimes, I couldn’t help but roll my eyes about some of the things she said.  For example, the first time she is confronting the ghost, Heather, at the school, she says some things that would obviously infuriate her.  Then Suze was all surprised that Heather was so angry, and trying to hurt her.  That just didn’t flow too well for me.  Suze also seemed pretty callous about how Heather died.  Actually, I thought Meg Cabot dealt with the death of Heather pretty callously.  I know Meg Cabot’s books tend to be pretty light, which is why I love them so much.  But the death of Heather, and the reactions of the students at the school bothered me.  There didn’t seem to be a lot of remorse about it.

But there are definitely others things I really enjoyed in this novel.  I loved Doc, AKA David.  He was so adorable, and if I had a little brother, I would want him to be just like Doc.  Dopey and Sleepy were pretty interesting too.

Jesse was awesome, but he wasn’t in the story enough.  I wish there were more scenes with Jesse.

As you can probably tell from my reviews, the characters are more important to me than the plot.  I can often forgive some plot elements that I don’t love if I love the characters.  I really liked the idea of this story.  I do love a ghost story!  And I think the characters were really well developed.  I think I was just a bit disturbed about how people dealt with the death of Heather, and some of the silly things Suze did.  I do like this book, though, and think it is worth the time reading.  And I will definitely be reading more Meg Cabot!

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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