Saturday, January 8, 2011

Supernatural Saturday: Review of The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney

 How do you ignore a ghost? Sparrow Delaney absolutely, positively does not want to be a medium like her six older sisters, her mother, and her grandmother. She does not want to see, hear, smell, or talk to ghosts. If she sticks to her rules and doesn't let anyone know that she can do all those things—everywhere, all the time—Sparrow just might pass as a normal tenth grader at her new high school. She makes a new best friend and meets an irritatingly appealing guy in her history class. But when another boy catches her eye, all Sparrow's dreams of being ordinary go up in smoke. Because this boy is a dead one—a persistent, charming, infuriating ghost, who won't let her be until she agrees to help him Move On.
[from Goodreads]
Rating:   3.5 out of 5 boxes
Target Audience:  Younger teens bored with contemporary
High point:  Sparrow
Low point:  The predictable "mystery"
Reader maturity: 10+

The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney is a super-cute novel about a teenage medium who's pretending not to be. A medium, that is. She's obviously a teenager, experiencing her first crush and first true best-friendship at her new high school.

I went into The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney thinking that it was MG and was pleasantly surprised when it wasn't. The characters were fun--it was hard to keep all of Sparrow's sisters straight--and the crazy environment floated off the pages until I felt like I was there with Sparrow, just trying to pretend to be normal.  I had Sparrow's persistent ghost figured out almost immediately, but the ghostly mystery isn't the main issue of the book--it's Sparrow, trying to find her place in Lily Dale and the world at large.

At times funny and at other times a little sad and wistful, this novel provided me with a few hours of great entertainment and escape, and other than dealing with death and ghosts (obviously), the novel is completely clean, making it a good pick for younger YA readers.

If you're looking for a light-hearted ghost story with some light boy problems thrown in for good measure, The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney would be a great book to pick up.

Title:  The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney
Author:  Suzanne Harper
Genre:   Fiction - Supernatural
Year:   2007
Book Source:  Purchased


  1. Oooh...sounds really good. I love reading books with good characterization. From your review, it sounds as though Ms. Harper is spot on. Putting it on my list! :P

  2. I've been wondering about this book ever since I saw it for a really cheap price online... I think I'll add it to my To Read list!

  3. I enjoy books like this a little more light. Great review