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The first time I read Wuthering Heights, I was 13. The scene that hooked me happens early in the novel, when Lockwood -- the out-of-towner -- is woken by a ghostly girl trying to get in his bedroom window.

Ruined by Paula Morris

It’s the spirit of the long-dead Cathy, wandering the snowy moors, begging to be let in, and pining for the mad, bad, and dangerous-to-know Heathcliff. A love story with a supernatural twist: it’s hard to resist its allure. Sinister romance, doomed passion, and love beyond the grave -- what’s not to like?

It’s been a long time since I first picked up Wuthering Heights, but clearly some aspects of it still glimmer in my imagination. My first young adult (YA) novel, Ruined, is about a girl, a guy, and a ghost.

The story is told from the point of view of Rebecca, a fifteen-year-old New Yorker who has to move to New Orleans in the middle of the school year. At her new snooty school, she finds it hard to make friends, and too much about her new home seems confusing and opaque.

But Rebecca finds two people in New Orleans she likes -- and thinks she can trust. One is a guy that nobody wants her to meet, let alone hang out with.

The other is a girl who just happens to be a ghost with a deep, dark, 150-year-old secret. And the ghost is trapped by a curse that involves all three of them -- though Rebecca doesn’t know that yet.

Paula Morris

In Ruined, Rebecca meets her love interest, Anton in a cemetery -- Lafayette Cemetery in New Orleans, to be precise. He’s not a ghost, and neither is she...but they certainly come from very different worlds.

She’s a New Yorker who thinks she doesn’t belong in this strange old city; he’s old-line New Orleans, longing for escape and adventure. People warn Rebecca away from Anton.

Even Lisette -- the teenage ghost who’s been haunting the cemetery for more than 150 years -- tells Rebecca that Anton’s family is nothing but trouble.

But love and trouble go hand-in-hand, right?

So now it’s your turn. Think about the books you love: what’s your favorite ill-fated romance? Who are your favorite star-crossed lovers? Do you see yourself as a wild spirit, like Cathy, still haunting the moors and waiting for Heathcliff -- or does the thought of ghostly romance scare you?

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Comments on "Paula Morris dishes a girl and a ghost!"

miranda zube April 27, 2010 | 4:15 PM


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personalized blanket October 12, 2009 | 4:05 AM

i like the ghost stories specially the belief of people they had for ghost..keep posting on similar topics thanks...

Malena October 11, 2009 | 2:48 PM

I loved ghost stories as a child and learning about Greek mythology - that love and jealousy and revenge could cause the course of the world to alter forever. I'm a happily ever after kinda girl, though - I love it if the characters can find a way to be together in the end.

CrysAnn October 11, 2009 | 12:49 PM

Of course I love Romeo and Juliet, but I also remember vividly this Silhouette Romance book I read as a teen about a teenage girl and a 17-year-old ghost boy who came to her sometimes in her back yard. It was called Written in the Stars. For some reason that book has always stuck with me and I wish I could find it again!

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