I received this book free from Pocket Books in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any form of compensation.
Haint She Sweet is basically about a teenage girl who has the ability to see spirits and assist them in passing over to the other side. In the southern US, these restless spirits are called haints. Of course, the haints that Heather deals with make her life a living hell. They cause her all kinds of grief. And as you can imagine, being a freshman in high school that is no easy task.
This was unfortunately the first in the series that I had read. I say unfortunately only because I now really want to read the first three books. I really enjoyed this one. I was able to follow along even though I had missed out on the first three. However, there were a few situations that I really would have loved to know the back story on even though it wasn’t really necessary for this story at all.
The haint that is bothering Heather in Haint She Sweet is a lunch-lady who wants to change the way the kids at school eat. She does everything she can to get Heather to change her own eating habits and to get Heather to jump on the healthy bandwagon with her.
I loved the great characters that were created. I could picture them all sitting around the cafeteria or in the classes. And of course, there were people when I went to high school that were very similar to the ones in this book. Thankfully, the popular girls in my school were never what you would consider a mean girl. I just wish that the haint had done much worse to Karen. She really did deserve it.
There were a few other haints hanging around the school as well. However as a ghost handler, you can only take on one haint at a time. So I am sure that we will see a story about the goth girl in the bathroom, the service station guy in the hall or the boy hanging on the climbing rope in gym class. I can’t wait to find out what their story is and see how Heather is going to help them.
Interestingly enough, the author Maureen Hardegree has some assignments on her website for middle school students who choose to read this series or who are assigned to read it in class. Plus she has a list of other books that she has written. I plan on checking out more of her writing since this was the first book that I have ever read by her.