4.5 stars · nixitN's review

nixitN’s Review: ‘Slow Dance in Purgatory’ by Amy Harmon

The hallways are empty, the school day long over, the din of lockers and youthful laughter have dissolved into silence. It’s as if the very walls are waiting. And then through the intercom a song starts to crackle, the soundtrack of a forgotten life. And the band begins to sing – “Lovely Maggie falls for Johnny, a boy no one else can see. Heartthrob Johnny, 50s bad boy, trapped for eternity. Lonely boy and lonely girl, unsolved mystery. Maggie and Johnny, only high school sweethearts, because Johnny can’t ever leave. Do wop, Do wop..” In 1958, a rumble goes down outside the brand new highschool in Honeyville, Texas. Chaos ensues, a life is lost, and Johnny Kinross disappears. But in 2010, someone finds him. Orphaned at the age of ten, 17-year-old Maggie O’Bannon finally finds a permanent home with her elderly aunt in a small Texas town. Working part-time as a school janitor, she becomes enmeshed in a fifty-year-old tragedy where nothing is as it seems and the boy of her dreams might vanish when the bell rings. This volatile and mismatched romance is doomed from its start, as Maggie struggles to hold on to yet another person she is destined to lose. Secret love and hushed affection are threatened by outside forces, resulting in a desperate race to keep a secret no one would understand. Deeply romantic, funny and tender, Slow Dance in Purgatory captures the heartache of a love story where a happy ending might be decades too late.

Title: Slow Dance in Purgatory (Purgatory #1)
Author: Amy Harmon
Published: April 2nd 2012 by Amy Harmon
Genres: paranormal romance, young adult, ghosts

My thoughts:

True love knows no bounds. Rather it overwhelms them.
This story also illuminates it because I read about a love story that is about love of a girl and a ghost but their feelings don’t know the obstacles. Even more they are fighting to overcome them. Although fighting for a love that is so different, rather it sounds impossible. But their loss brings them together. And they refute the impossible.

“Nobody else can see me. Nobody else can even hear me.”

Johnny is a ghost, he died in the ’50s, but something does not fit with him, there are a lot of mystery around the disappearance of his body. She has lost her parents as a child. She was from one foster parent to another because they understood her and they are afraid of her talent. Finally her grand-aunt adopts her, who finally loves her.
They are invisible to people, but Johnny is literally that. The mysterious men frightens Maggie, but afterwards they quickly become friends. While finally they get to love each other.
I liked the main characters. I liked Johnny’s defensive side, he not only defended Maggie but also Billy many years ago. Maggie has a real goldenheart, she never harms anybody. Maggie loves dancing and music. But unfortunately her jealous classmates wouldn’t want her to join the group. But her hero doesn’t let them hurt her.
Their love is special and strong. It is full of emotion and there is strong bond between them.

“He’s gonna need you now, Miss Margaret. He’s gonna need you real bad. So you need to wake up.”

The half end of the book was filled with excitement and mysteries. But there are still many unanswered questions about the past and Johnny. The end of book finished with cliffhanger. I didn’t expect such turn.

My favorite quote from the book:

“There will be no talk of regrets today. There will be no remorse or second thoughts; today we belong to no one or nothing but each other. Tomorrow will come soon enough and it will take care of itself.”

“You’re all I think about. You’re everything I want!”


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