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Book Review: The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney

Updated: Aug 11, 2022

The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney by Suzanne Harper


How do you ignore a ghost?

Sparrow Delaney absolutely, positively does not want to be a medium like her six older sisters, her mother, and her grandmother. She does not want to see, hear, smell, or talk to ghosts. If she sticks to her rules and doesn't let anyone know that she can do all those things - everywhere, all the time - Sparrow just might pass as a normal tenth grader at her new high school. She makes a new best friend and meets an irritatingly appealing guy in her history class. But when another boy catches her eye, all Sparrow's dreams of being ordinary go up in smoke. Because this boy is a dead one - a persistent, charming, infuriating ghost, who won't let her be until she agrees to help him Move On.


I initially read The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney during my sophomore year of high school. After rereading the book as an adult, I still love his book, the story, and the lessons. The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney is all about wishing you could be different because you think that if you can just be normal or be like everyone else then your life will be better. Throughout the book, Sparrow has to learn how to accept the gift she was born with even if at the beginning she only wants to be a normal high school sophomore. The story with Luke and Jack is so heartwarming and I'll admit it even made me tear up a little bit. This book does talk a lot about death and what happens after one dies which may not be everyone's cup of tea but I do recommend this book especially to high schoolers because the main lesson is to accept who you are and accept your talents because there is no one like you.

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Where to Buy?

Amazon - Kindle & Paperback

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