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Ghosts can’t seem to keep their opinions to themselves. Seventeen-year-old Nate Shaw should know; he’s been talking to them since he was 12. 

But they aren’t the only ones making his high school years a living hell. 

All Nate wants is to keep his secret and keep his head down until he can graduate. That is, until the new boy, James Powell, takes a seat next to him in homeroom. James not only notices him, he also manages to work his way into Nate’s life. 

But James has issues of his own. Between dead grandmothers and living aunts, Nate has to navigate the fact he’s falling in love with his only friend, all while getting advice from the most unusual places. 

Ghosts, bullies, first love: it’s a lot to deal with when you’re just trying to survive senior year.

©2017 Jennifer Cosgrove (P)2018 Jennifer Cosgrove

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  • Josh Reiner
  • 2018-11-20

Great read!

Overall this book was very enjoyable. The author has complex characters and kept me hooked until the end.

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  • Mario R. Sengco
  • 2018-11-08

Perhaps the ghosts were not necessary?

I really enjoyed this book. I particularly liked the main character, who seemed real. I sympathized with him. I also liked the balance with the love interest. I don't think the use of the "ghosts" was necessary. It felt a little gimmicky, like trying to introduce a different sort of character. They could have been better developed just like any other character so it was easier to appreciate them and their role in propelling the story. The ghosts felt like props as a result. The love interest seemed to quick to believe. So, this book was a good effort, entertaining and different, which could have been better developed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-07-06

cute story

this was a quick listen for me and I enjoyed it
definitely worth a listen

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  • NAor Tabiv
  • 2019-05-22

cute. nice and fluffy.

3.5 stars.. I liked this one. eventhough it's cute and naive but not over in cliches. cool.

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  • Heather K (Dentist in my Spare Time)
  • 2019-04-30

Decent but below expectations

I enjoyed this young adult audiobook debut by Jennifer Cosgrove, but I couldn't help but think that A Boy Worth Knowing could have been something more.

I don't read that much YA, and this book reminded me of why. I found the MCs to be a bit immature for high school seniors, and a bit too innocent. However, I thought the story was, in turns, both sweet and heart-breaking.

I liked the ghost aspect, but I think Jennifer Cosgrove could have taken it even further. It was strange how people didn't ask him to talk to the dead more or do more stuff with his abilities. I was hoping for a more intriguing adventure or mystery with the paranormal stuff, but it all ended up being very hum-drum.

The story was cute, but a bit... boring? Nothing much happened. I liked it at first, but my attention waned a bit as the story went on. Also, the depiction of high school seemed very "90s movie" and not very realistic, IMO.

I enjoyed the narration from Lawrence T. Lewis, though his voice for James' brother was a bit "valley-boy"-ish. I'll definitely listen to him in the future.

Overall, a pleasant listen, but the audiobook did not live up to my (high) expectations.

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  • Ray Paramo
  • 2019-02-28

A Little Novel With a Lot of Spirit (and Heart)

Cosgrove has written a fresh take on the gay YA romantic tale, giving it a supernatural twist. The paranormal elements, while central to some of the novel’s narrative events, don’t overpower the story — in fact, they are often few and far between. At its core, this is a sweet story of boy meets boy, two boys falling in love in a small, Midwestern town. Sure there are some cliches, but Nate, the main character, is likable enough, as is his love interest, James.
In regards to Lewis’ performance, he does a fairly good job, though sometimes he fails to differentiate enough between character voices. All in all, however, this was an enjoyable listen.

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  • StarGazerZer0
  • 2019-01-08

ok

struggled to finish. the narrator was too mono toned and the writing didn't flow well.

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  • Sean
  • 2018-10-30

I guess that I was expecting the gay "Sixth Sense"

I had high hopes for this title; A boy who can see and speak to the departed who falls in love with a new boy with a ghost that dogs his steps. Don't get me wrong, it was cute, but I supposed I expected a little more from the paranormal aspect of the story. David's storyline seemed pretty easily resolved, and I think the story would have been more exciting if James' suspicions surrounding his brother's death were correct. All in all it's a sweet story of first love ably performed by Lawrence T. Lewis

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  • Emma Kavan
  • 2018-10-09

LOVE

This was super cute and worth staying up all night to listen to. I loved it, definitely will read again

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  • FORMER Kindle Customer
  • 2018-08-09

It was perfect, but bumpy at the start

What do you do when you know you are wired and rejected by almost everyone, including your mother? You have to find a friend to help change your ways and worries and for you to help him overcome his problems. But how do you make a friend when you have none, unless he comes to you to become your friend, boyfriend, and mentor. Overcoming fear is best done while falling in love and with forgiveness for all.