Levithan, David. Marley's Ghost.

Author:Flint-Ferguson, Janis
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

LEVITHAN, David. Marley's ghost. Penguin, Dial. 176p. 0-8037-3063-2. c2006. $14.99. JS

This novel is a faithful "remix" of the familiar Charles Dickens Christmas story. It is organized and arranged in the same pattern of five staves and three ghosts. This time, however, the story is set around Valentine's Day and the main character, Ben, is grieving the death of his girlfriend.

Retelling the story with some of the same words, phrases, and events, the theme of love, of lost love and love renewed, is obviously more central to the story. Ben is a high school senior who in his grief has separated himself from his friends and memories and taken to insulting those still in love, like Tiny and Tim, two freshmen boys who are a couple. For him, "love is a humbug," and he threatens to celebrate the love-filled...

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