Marly’s Ghost


How did I get it?:
NetGalley- many thanks to Electric Monkey/Egmont Publishing


When his girlfriend Marly dies, Ben takes a painful journey through Valentine’s Days past, present, and future.


Oh my goodness, I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did. It was absolutely heart warming, much like A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens from which this is re-imagined with a Valentine’s Day twist.

Marly’s Ghost is a short read which doesn’t take you long to devour. I felt its emotional impact from the beginning, right through to the middle and the end of the book. I couldn’t believe that I was drawn in so quickly. It’s surely a sign of a great writer when I became emotionally attached to a character in such a short space of time. David Levithan made me feel Ben’s grief. I felt his grief and understood how he never thought he could love again.

Ben tells us his story, of how he hates Valentine’s Day after losing Marly. He couldn’t bare to see people in love or share their feelings about others with him. Ben just wanted to be alone. One night, Marly visits him and tells him that he’s going to meet three ghosts of past, present and future. These ghosts take him to the past, present and future and much like Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Ben learns that he needs to embrace those people he has left in his life before it’s too late.

Marly’s Ghost made an incredible impact on me. I really enjoyed the twist on the classic Christmas tale. This will become a favourite of mine for sure.

Would I recommend it?:
Without a doubt!

A beautiful, quick, well written read.