Review of Ghost

Ghost by Robin Covington. Burning Up the Sheets. 2018.

 

3.75 stars

ghost-by-robin-covington-1A tropetastic whirlwind that is tightly plotted and a whole lot of fun to read. I cared about the MCs, and wanted them to figure out how to be together. It was deliciously geeky (focused on comics), and the characterization was fairly complex. I liked the “one night stand in the past, now you have blown your shot” trope, it worked well, as did the workaholic daddy issues angst.

I was uncomfortable a couple moments in the story, with regard to the way the characters were racialized; there are moments that felt fetishizing to me, as a white reader (so please take this with a grain of salt). There is a moment where an MC thinks of the biracial Korean American-Irish American MC as “exotic”. There is a longish moment where an MC goes on and on about the beauty of the Native American MC’s long hair, in the context of sex. Both of these moments made me uncomfortable. The disability representation is largely okay; the MC has essential tremor, and the rep resonated for me. There is an obligatory moment I wish was not included, where the abled MC kisses the area of the body where his love interest is disabled (his hands).

Representation

  • Native American trauma survivor disabled (has essential tremor) gay man MC
  • Biracial Korean American-Irish American bisexual man MC
  • Native American woman author

Content Warnings (in white, highlight to read)

References to childhood history of physical abuse. References to growing up with an alcoholic parent. Alcohol use. Racial fetishizing moments. Moment where abled MC kisses the area of the body where his love interest is disabled. Casual ableist language. Sex on the page.

Disclosures

  • Source of the book: I read this book as part of an ARC for the anthology Exposed, which I received from the publisher.
  • I have had no contact with the author.

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