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Summary provided by Goodreads:

Mary just wants to be left alone, but the cheerleaders, jocks, guidance counselors, and ghosts won’t stop harrassing her. When a new boy starts school, he surprises Mary by befriending her. That’s a rare thing for the school freak, but her unusual abilities put a rift in their budding friendship when Mary has to tell Shy that his home is haunted and not by Casper, the friendly ghost. Mary has to get rid of the ghost, thwart the school bully, do her homework, and not get detention.  Mary’s sure she can do all of that except for the last part.

 

3.5 Stars

So, this is the second time I’ve read Scary Mary…you might wonder if I did like it a lot to read it a second time. However, the truth was that I didn’t truly pay attention to the story until it got kind of interesting. Moreover, when I  read the ending I noticed a few things that caught my attention completely, things that were different from other YA’s and makes this one a fresh reading.

(Scary) Mary:

“We’re going to do an exorcism. It’s a school project for extra credit.”
“There she was throwing a ball, and it was floating back to her.”
A teenager who can hear and feel ghost, but cannot see them. She’s considered a freak in her high school because she used to talk with the ghosts when she was a child. I really liked her because of her black humor and because she was really sensitive behind her “scary” facade…the problem was that people didn’t even try to get to know her because of all the rumors created by douche bags in her high school. Plus, she had a cool grandma who was a fortune teller.

Rachel Pillar:

“Yeah well,like they say, you can’t choose your family. Take me for example. Do you really think that I’d have chosen a legal eagle with a surgically implanted stick up his butt for a father? If I’d had a choice, Jerry Garcia would’ve been first, second would’ve been Bono.”
“She’d made dysfunctional into an art form. Her hair was a new color every week.”
She was Mary’s best friend, pretty funny, loyal, and freaky…just like Mary. I loved her because she isn’t afraid to tell the truth, and she isn’t scared of being different.

Cyrus Asher:

“May I hang out with you? Is there a formal application process? I have excellent references.”
So, he was this really cute guy who wanted to spend time with Mary even though he heard a lot of rumors about her being a satanist and a witch! He even invited her once to watch movies at his house, but then, Vicky also went to Cyrus’ house and ruined everything because she wanted to play with a Ouija board and the ghost almost killed them (ok, I’m exaggerating…the ghost was just mad). After this, Cyrus stopped talking to Mary and became the biggest douche ever because he didn’t want to believe her and thought that Mary was a freak!
I don’t care what happens to him in the other books and, I HOPE, Mary doesn’t end up with him…ever.

Kyle Asher:

“You like to dig up dead people because you can’t find any living ones to hang out with.”
“Mary wondered if their parents would be very upset if she kicked their eldest between the legs, after all if she did permanent damage, Cy would still supply them with grandchildren.”
He was really annoying and scary at times, but at the end he was a sweetheart…just read the book x)

Vicky Nelson:

“You wait until I get to school. Everyone’s going to know how big of a freak you really are.”
“She was the reining queen of the Shiny people, and she was a cruel queen.”
She was the typical cheerleader who was after the main-male protagonist. Also, she tortured Mary constantly just because Mary was different…and cooler than her.

In conclusion, Scary Mary isn’t that scary, but is a fresh reading from other unoriginal and unnerving stories for young adults.

Am I reading the sequel?
Definitely!

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