Ghost by Jason Reynolds (Book Review)

Last month I took a trip to the library to pick up some new books. I’ve been on a budget lately, but that’s not keeping me from getting some fresh reads. With spring semester over, I finally have time to spend reading. I can literally spend the whole day on the couch with a book in hand, it’s magical.

This was the only good picture from my photo shoot.


Castle Cranshaw goes by Ghost, at least that’s the nickname he gave himself. Right now, he’s just worrying about getting through the seventh grade without any more “altercations.” He’s also trying to get chosen for a pick-up game of basketball.

Then, he meets Coach and he learns about how running is more than just moving fast. Coach chooses to believe in Ghost, even with all the odds stacked against him. For the first time, Ghost learns the value of being on a team.

My Thoughts

Ghost is a story with depth. I could truly understand what was motivating Castle to do what he did. The book made a point not to skim over the backstories of the supporting characters. Reynolds’ gave a peek into the lives of every character. Ghost develops as a runner while also developing empathy for those around him.

Coach was a perfect example of the kinds of people that kids like Castle need in their lives. Having that support, even when things went wrong, made all the difference.

If you don’t know by now, I’m a huge fan of Jason Reynolds work. I feel like he is the Walter Dean Myers of this generation. Jason Reynolds uses his platform to share the voices of black and brown young people, making sure their stories get told.

I’m so happy I picked this book up at the library. I follow Jason Reynolds on Instagram and Twitter and I’ve seen him post about this series quite a few times. I’ve been meaning to get back into some middle grade and this book was just shining out on the shelves.

I loved reading Ghost by Jason Reynolds. I was in complete tears at the end. It’s a story with depth, plausible dilemmas, and characters you’ll want to keep with you. I can’t wait to pick up the other three books in the Track series.

Have you read anything by Jason Reynolds?

Where do you like to get your books?

What are you currently reading?

Let me know in the comments, let’s chat!


Author: Rachelle Saint Louis

Rachelle Saint Louis is a Haitian-American writer, born and raised in South Florida. She received a 2018 Silver Medal in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition for her poem “Red Blood Cell.” She is currently a Psychology and English double major at Florida Atlantic University. Her poetry has been published in Rigorous Magazine. Rachelle has been writing poetry since the 7th grade and you can often find her performing Spoken Word at local open mics.

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