eARC Book Review: Ghostboy, Chameleon & the Duke of Graffiti by Olivia Wildenstein

25242652Goodreads Synopsis

Some endings are inevitable, but so are some stories.

Cora Matthews, the principal’s gloomy goth daughter, is not exactly popular Duke Meyer’s type. Still, Duke finds himself inexplicably drawn to her dark eyes and mysterious manner. She makes it clear she doesn’t return his admiration, but when a burst appendix lands Duke in the hospital, he and Cora will be forced to come together by the most unlikely intermediary: her eight-year-old brother, Jaime.

Duke learns Jaime has brain cancer and little chance of long-term survival. He admires the kid’s plucky positivity and wild imagination and offers to write a story about Jaime’s make-believe superheroes. So begins an epic tale—that of Ghostboy, Chameleon, and the Duke of Graffiti—and a deep friendship between Duke and Jaime.

Despite their outward differences, Cora and Duke bond over their affection for Jaime, but unintended betrayal and Jaime’s advancing disease threaten to derail their blossoming romance before it can truly take root.

Ghostboy, Chameleon & the Duke of Graffiti is a gorgeous debut novel that will resonate with the thoughtful fans of John Green’s blockbuster The Fault in Our Stars.


I received this book from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Ghostboy, Chameleon & the Duke of Graffiti is about Duke Meyer and what I felt was his battle with his conscience. Duke is faced with a challenge that he has to do in order to become an Alpha- an elite, secretive group that will get him anywhere. He feels that he needs this so he tries hard to live up to the expectations. Cora Matthews is the principle’s daughter and is covered with makeup that makes her stand out. Duke makes it his mission to find out with this girl’s story is.

I for one am glad that I ignored the synopsis and requested this book anyway. The synopsis made it sound like this book would be filled with romance and all those mushy things. I’m telling you now, that was not the case. I’m not saying there wasn’t romance, but it was so little that it had to be seen from under a microscope. This is not what the book was about.

Duke finds out why Cora is the way she is and learns that both her and her dad are suffering because Cora’s little brother has brain cancer. When I found this out, my heart broke. The kid’s nine and he was most probably going to die. That is not what made me cry though. When Jaime is introduced, I was met with this sweet boy who was grinning and so happy and had dreams and a bucket list and it was as if nothing was wrong. That’s what made me cry. Jaime wasn’t stupid, he knew what was going to happen and he was still so optimistic.

Duke offers to write a story for Jaime so that he can live out his adventures and so starts Ghostboy, Chameleon & the Duke of Graffiti.

This book was amazing. I loved every minute of it. The story was extremely realistic. I was constantly reminded that this could happen to any one and it made me want the characters to be happy. This book was, in my opinion, perfect. I loved the characters,the story, the writing style and the way it was implemented.

Read: 29 November 2015
Rating: ✮✮✮✮✮

Publication Date: 8 April 2015
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Olivia Wildenstein

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