In Tifani Clark’s Shadow of a Life, Jamie Peters plans to spend the summer buried in the adventures of literary characters, not suspecting that her own adventure is a ghost call away. Then, she meets Sophia who claims Jamie as her soul saver. Thanks to Sophia and her ghostly friends and enemies, Jamie embarks on a journey that forces her to take a closer look at her own town and to travel to another state in search of answers to Sophia’s mystery.
This novel is a well-written, entertaining read. It has an actual unsolved mystery as its focal point, and it is evident that Mrs. Clark researched thoroughly. It also boasts a cast of interesting characters. Here is my take on a few of them:
Jamie (protagonist): I relate to Jamie because I would rather be reading (or writing) than doing anything else. As a teenager like Jamie, I was shy and insecure. I love how Jamie emerges from her shell over the course of the story.
Peter: Who wouldn’t want Peter for a friend? He is encouraging and ready to face any situation with a positive attitude.
Sophia: I found Sophia to be annoying. All I can say is that she better be happy I’m not her soul saver. With her bossy attitude, she would be stuck in her ghost form until she asked politely. Which she does. Eventually.
Camille: Camille is the most relatable because I can name more than ten of my students (former and present) who are the Camilles of the real world. Every time I read a part with Camille, I thought, “Oh, that is so (insert various names here)!”
If you are an adult fan of YA/Teen literature like me, this book is a must-read. It is one that you will recommend to the young adults in your life. If you simply enjoy a clean mystery with history on the side, this is a must-read as well. Kudos to Mrs. Clark! I’m glad she’s writing a sequel!