The Precious Dreadful
Teddi Alder is just trying to figure out her life.When she joins SUMMERTEENS, a library writing group, she’s only looking to keep herself busy, not go digging around in her subconscious. But as she writes, disturbing memories of her childhood friend Corey bubble to the surface, and Teddi begins to question everything: her friendship with her BFF Willa, how much her mom really knows, and even her own memories. Teddi fears she’s losing her grip on reality—as evidenced by that mysterious ghost-girl who emerges from the park pool one night, the one who won’t leave Teddi alone. To top it all off, she finds herself juggling two guys with potential, a quirky new boy named Joy and her handsome barista crush Aidan, who has some issues of his own.As the summer unfolds, Teddi is determined to get to the bottom of everything—her feelings, the mysterious ghost-girl, and the memories of Corey that refuse to be ignored.

The Precious Dreadful Details

TitleThe Precious Dreadful
Author
ReleaseFeb 13th, 2018
PublisherSimon Pulse
ISBN-139781507202777
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery, Contemporary

The Precious Dreadful Review

  • ☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this novel! I was dragged in by the premise and was a bit shocked that this book is not what I expected but I still was completely engulfed in the story and loved Teddi. Teddi was a bit complex and complicated but it made me love her more. I also enjoyed the pace and the mystery of this story. I definitely recommend checking this one out.
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  • Michael Araujo
    January 1, 1970
    Warning! I received an ARC copy of this book in return for an honest review! Warning! I might be a little biased, especially because I love the authors work! Warning! I swear I'll try my best to be brutal. Behind the computer scream, I have an evil smile plastered on my face. There will be no spoilers!I'm a huge fan of author Steven Parlato so when he told me he was writing another novel, I just could NOT wait. Of course, Parlato can do no wrong, and instantly satisfies the readers needs with hi Warning! I received an ARC copy of this book in return for an honest review! Warning! I might be a little biased, especially because I love the authors work! Warning! I swear I'll try my best to be brutal. Behind the computer scream, I have an evil smile plastered on my face. There will be no spoilers!I'm a huge fan of author Steven Parlato so when he told me he was writing another novel, I just could NOT wait. Of course, Parlato can do no wrong, and instantly satisfies the readers needs with his beautiful prose. In his newest novel, The Precious Dreadful, Teddi Alder, like the tree, is enjoying the start of her summer vacation like any other teen would. Being lazy, attempting to be productive, and swooning over that one hot guy with the beautiful smile. What she really wants to do is get that one guy to be with her and to join the writing group over at the library. What she doesn't expect is get hit with memories and forgotten times that will drag her down if she's not careful.From the very beginning of the novel you get set up with an image in your head, almost like a movie. Few run down houses, if you can call them that, where the grass is unkempt. Everything has a burnt yellow tone, like sand and dry land, the sun burning high in the sky forcing everyone to sweat. Local stores have a small fan working in the corner to combat the heat. It's not exactly what goes on in the novel, but it's the feeling it sets you up with. You're introduced to this new world and brand new set of characters that you have no idea who they are, and as the novel goes, the house begin to reconstruct themselves. The grass starts turning greener, the weather drops a little bit, air conditioning is now invented and in every store. This is what the process of Teddi Alder's story feels like.She starts off a bit lost and confused with herself and her mind. But as the novel proceeds and we start learning more along with Teddi, things start fitting together and fixing themselves. I guess you can say the imagery is of Teddi herself. The way Parlato wrote Teddi, you almost see yourself in her. Ignoring the fact that I'm an adult male and she is a teenage female, I saw myself in parts of Teddi that almost scared me. Her damaged outlook on life that hits both her and you subconsciously. Her hero complex, of wanting to help others with no regards to herself. She was beautifully written in a way that you ached for her to get better and hated when she messed up. You never give up on her though, no matter her decisions, the same way she never gives up on others, regardless of theirs. Along with Teddi, we are introduced to a beautiful written cast of which I feel like they should win Golden Globes, and Emmy's, and Oscar Awards for their amazing performances. From her mother, Brenda, who comes from a damaged past with thoughts of it being too late to fix, to Aidan, the guy she wants to be with, and even minor characters like Eleanor and Todd. They each have their unique sense of personality that sets them apart. Even the barbie twins. The one that struck a bigger reaction out of me, had to be Aidan. Man, you guys are lucky I can't spoil the book because I just wanted to beat his ass. That's all I'm going to say. But when there's someone you don't like, there's always someone you do, and that had to be Eleanor. As I said before to author Steven Parlato Eleanor felt like an old friend you had. She was that adult figure in your life who wasn't related to but still cared for you. Like your favorite teacher, or a neighbor, or family friend. I found myself wanting to know more about Eleanor as well as others like Nic, Jeanine, and screw it, everyone else. The story itself is not only brutal and painful and full of heartache, but surrounded by hope. Parlato lets you in little by little into his mind and into Teddi's mind before finding out the truth. I caught myself trying to guess a lot of what would happen, especially to Corey and Fawn, but by the end, while I might have been a little bit right, I wasn't expecting what I got. It grabbed at my heart and tried to break it, but I held on for them. Because just like Teddi Alder, the need to stop was great, but the need to continue was even greater. And for an author to make you go through that, he has to have more than a special talent at writing. He has to give his books real, human emotions. He has to make his characters real and not just words on a page. He has to put himself into his work and let us into his life. And for that, I actually want to thank you, for letting us in, and for letting us know that it's okay to let others in.But before I get anymore emotional, I have to say, the novel left me wanting a sequel. Plain and simple. And I'm not just saying that to say it. You are left wanting to know more about these characters. You want to know more about how their lives turn out. How they got to where they are and where they're going. There's some questions you ask yourself left a bit open, nothing important, but definitely something that could be added to the sequel. wink wink Especially Fawn. I'll say no more.All in all, The Precious Dreadful is a beautiful ghost story that needs to be read. Steven Parlato plays with your emotions and eats them for breakfast. Like a spider, he catches you in his web and makes you reevaluate your life, except right when he gets to you, he sets you free.
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  • Hollis
    January 1, 1970
    DNF at 14%.I have no idea what's happening here. And from what little I've seen I don't care enough to push on and figure it out. ** I received an ARC from Edelweiss and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **
  • Thamy
    January 1, 1970
    How to rate this novel? 3.5, probably.One night, Teddi sees a girl in the park pool near her house but when she her crush Aidan gets there, no one is around. Aidan is sure she must have imagined things. But the girls shows up once more, only to disappear again. Later, Teddi notices ghost-girl isn't the only thing off. She can't remember much about the time her childhood friend went away or even what happened to the new girl Fawn, with whom they used to play together.I did like this story. It had How to rate this novel? 3.5, probably.One night, Teddi sees a girl in the park pool near her house but when she her crush Aidan gets there, no one is around. Aidan is sure she must have imagined things. But the girls shows up once more, only to disappear again. Later, Teddi notices ghost-girl isn't the only thing off. She can't remember much about the time her childhood friend went away or even what happened to the new girl Fawn, with whom they used to play together.I did like this story. It had an eerie atmosphere and some complexity I don't usually find in YA's. But there were also flaws.The writing didn't flow, and I'd call it my main complaint. It's not only that there were too many rantings, but the writing itself—choice of words, order, sentences—it was all too much for YA. It felt like someone playing "substitute with the most unusual synonym". As much as Teddi is taking a writing course, I don't think a fifteen-year-old would narrate like that.My other problem was the romance with Aidan. I'll extend this complaint to most relationships presented in the story—people are just too passive! But Aidan's case, being the main character's boyfriend, really got to me. The relationship was abusive from the start, and I know Teddi would tell him off again and again, but she'd also let insults go too easily. I'm not sure that's a good example for teenage girls. I can't spoil the conclusion of this but it didn't redeem Aidan enough. And as I said, he wasn't the only issue. A number of characters there were too much and getting too little reproach for that, as if it was okay to act like that. It'd be bad enough for me already weren't it meant for teenagers to read.But the book also had many good points. I loved how fixated on it I felt. I had to go until the end, to understand what was happening. And I really cared for all of them, ghost-girl, Corey, Fawn and poor Teddi.As stated before, the story transpires an eeriness that makes all answers possible. You really have no idea if it's going to be about a crime, the supernatural or a psychological problem. Curiosity and even dread—yes, this is a pun—gets you turning pages and you almost don't feel it. I remember one night I was caught by surprise when I looked at the hour and it was two hours later than my bed time. I have no idea for how long I had been sitting with my e-reader, and I still wanted to stay for "just a chapter more".I think this author needs some improvements in the way his characters act, but I really liked the palpable effort he's put in the making of the book. Let's be honest, many YA books seem like a pre-made story with scenes glued together from some multiple-choice but limited possibilities. This book went further and deeper; I'm thankful for the respect toward YA readers.Honest review based on an ARC provided by Edelweiss. Many thanks to the publisher for this opportunity.
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  • Dayla
    January 1, 1970
    This was a wild ride. Wow. Since it's still a few months away, all I will say is: How much can you trust Teddi and how ready are you for a mental adventure?Thanks to the author and Simon & Schuster for a copy in exchange for a future honest review!---The Precious Dreadful by Steven Parlato is one of those books that takes you the whole novel to fully understand what is truly happening. I found myself unable to put the book down because I wanted to know if Teddi was truly doing half of the th This was a wild ride. Wow. Since it's still a few months away, all I will say is: How much can you trust Teddi and how ready are you for a mental adventure?Thanks to the author and Simon & Schuster for a copy in exchange for a future honest review!---The Precious Dreadful by Steven Parlato is one of those books that takes you the whole novel to fully understand what is truly happening. I found myself unable to put the book down because I wanted to know if Teddi was truly doing half of the things she was doing and making half of the decisions/mistakes that she was making.I wanted to like Teddi. I tried really hard to rationalize her decisions. What I realized, and I may be wrong here, is that Teddi is very unreliable. She has a hidden past, a less than stellar home, and she sees things that may or may not be there (a talking mirror image notwithstanding). Teddi is having a hell of a summer.Her tumultuous relationship with Aidan is perhaps one of the best examples of just how troublesome Teddi is as a character. With everyone warning her and even a potentially better guy right in front of her, Teddi is adamant that Aidan is the guy for her. Her constant dedication to this idealistic relationship of hers reminds me of how society affects those we sometimes pick for ourselves.When certain events got my blood boiling, I couldn’t understand Teddi’s actions. Since I’ve never been in a similar situation, I can’t pretend to know what I would do, but I realized that Teddi might not know any better. She is so quick to assume that there is love in a problematic place that it makes me wonder if it’s because she so desperately wants to be in a situation where she can feel loved.On the surface, this may be seen as a typical teen novel where the protagonist is trying to “find herself” and a past that she didn’t know she had, but the grit of the novel is in the depth of her relationships. My mind is still warped from reading Teddi’s story.I loved the conclusion. I won’t lie, I was a little worried about where this story was going because it felt so problematic. All of the little pieces and all of the issues wrapped up awesomely and it all started to make sense. I remember rubbing my head and thinking, holy crap, did that just happen? But then again, I should have been ready for all of the intensity of Teddi’s life, since I read The Namesake by Parlato several years ago. That book, much like this one, really messed with my head to the point where I can still recall various bits.Honestly, I’m still trying to recover. There were so many moments where I wanted to yell at certain characters and/or admonish others for their choices. This is probably the only reason I’ve not giving this book a full five stars. While I enjoyed the journey and the conclusion and how it all tied up so nicely and fittingly, it was those moments of frustration that got me really hoping for a conclusion that would make sense of it all.The Precious Dreadful is much like the memory that Teddi is trying to recall. It isn’t as simple as it appears to be and there are many, many layers to get through before we can finally see the real Teddi. I will forever be a fan of Parlato’s novels and I look forward to reading more of his work in the future!Happy reading!
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  • Kim Stokely
    January 1, 1970
    After reading Steven Parlato's first book, "The Namesake," I could not wait to read what he would write next. Fortunately, I was privileged to receive an ARC copy of "The Precious Dreadful." Parlato does not disappoint! Once again, he's written a protagonist who is immediately relatable and entertaining, even while going through some intense emotional turmoil. His secondary characters are also well-drawn and empathetic. Equal parts mystery, ghost story and romance, Parlato deftly juggles all 3 t After reading Steven Parlato's first book, "The Namesake," I could not wait to read what he would write next. Fortunately, I was privileged to receive an ARC copy of "The Precious Dreadful." Parlato does not disappoint! Once again, he's written a protagonist who is immediately relatable and entertaining, even while going through some intense emotional turmoil. His secondary characters are also well-drawn and empathetic. Equal parts mystery, ghost story and romance, Parlato deftly juggles all 3 to create a wonderful novel about friendship, forgiveness, and the innate strength of the human mind to overcome tragedy.
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  • Sam Kozbial
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 3.5 StarsI wasn't quite sure what to expect from this one. The Precious Dreadful caught my eye, because it eluded to some sort of mystery, suppressed memories, and some sort of paranormal element, but what kept my interest was Teddi.•Pro: Teddi was wonderfully complicated and I loved her voice. She was a big reason why I kept reading. I was interested in the mystery, but I was more interested in Teddi. •Pro: Parlato did a great job pulling us into Teddi's world and setting the atmosphere Rating: 3.5 StarsI wasn't quite sure what to expect from this one. The Precious Dreadful caught my eye, because it eluded to some sort of mystery, suppressed memories, and some sort of paranormal element, but what kept my interest was Teddi.•Pro: Teddi was wonderfully complicated and I loved her voice. She was a big reason why I kept reading. I was interested in the mystery, but I was more interested in Teddi. •Pro: Parlato did a great job pulling us into Teddi's world and setting the atmosphere. I could clearly visualize Teddi's sort of sad surroundings, and could easily slip right into the setting. •Pro: The mystery storyline was well thought out and I liked the pace at which Parlato let it unfold. I also liked the way Teddi discovered the bits and pieces and was able to reveal her repressed memories to us. •Pro: There were some fun and quirky characters included to round out the cast. I absolutely adored Ed. I wish he had a better storyline, because he was a character I wanted to know a lot better. •Con: The romance storyline was a little awkward for me. I struggled a little with its purpose, and then Aiden's whole arc didn't really work for me. I guess it was a way for this one thing to be accomplished towards the end, but I just could't see its full purpose. •Pro: Teddi's home life was messy. Abandoned by her father and left to ultimately look after her alcoholic mother, she was forced to be a grownup way before her time. However, I really appreciated how Parlato handled the relationship between Teddi and her mother. He showed that it wasn't all bad and neither was her mom. •Pro: The ending went in an interesting direction. I really liked where Teddi ended up, and thought the ends were tied up quite nicely. That last moment together something we alone shared. Terrible, but solely ours. It's all I have left of him. And I'm afraid if I share it too freely, it won't belong to us anymore.Overall: A compelling mystery with a touch of the paranormal and an engaging protagonist, which kept me turning the pages.*ARC received in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Margo Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    In THE PRECIOUS DREADFUL, Steven Parlato paints settings and portrays characters with poetic language that lures the reader with each rhythmic phrase.AND - I'm giving away an ARC on my website. Hop over there to enter to win: http://www.margokelly.net/2017/11/boo... Before opening this book, I wondered if a male author could write an authentic teenage girl as a main character. Well, Steven Parlato certainly did with Teddi Alder in THE PRECIOUS DREADFUL. From page one, Parlato brought Teddi’s cha In THE PRECIOUS DREADFUL, Steven Parlato paints settings and portrays characters with poetic language that lures the reader with each rhythmic phrase.AND - I'm giving away an ARC on my website. Hop over there to enter to win: http://www.margokelly.net/2017/11/boo... Before opening this book, I wondered if a male author could write an authentic teenage girl as a main character. Well, Steven Parlato certainly did with Teddi Alder in THE PRECIOUS DREADFUL. From page one, Parlato brought Teddi’s character to life with a distinctive, feisty voice of her own. For example, Parlato wrote, “Everything about me is halfway. Five-six, I’m stalled between jockey-little and catwalk-tall. Sophomore year ended yesterday, so I’m officially midway through the obstacle course called high school. I’m also half a virgin. So.” (page 1) There was only one spot in the story where I was pulled from the fictive experience, and that was when Parlato wrote, “I can’t believe I’m saying this—she is indeed, boner-worthy.” (page 47) Yeah. I couldn’t believe she said it either. I can’t recall ever hearing a female say that. But hey, other than that, I was completely enthralled by Teddi’s voice and Parlato’s writing. The plot of THE PRECIOUS DREADFUL kept me engaged and curious to find out what was going to happen next. I was invested in Teddi, and I wanted her to solve the mystery of the ghost and the mystery of her lost memories. When she did solve them, I was both awestruck and heart broken. I’d grown to love Teddi, and I didn’t want her to hurt. Parlato did an excellent job sinking his writerly teeth into me and never letting go.Parlato certainly pulled no punches when exploring uncomfortable situations. He pushed the characters (and the reader) right to the edge and made us feel all the feels. Along with that, there was a variety of cussing spattered throughout, including the F-word, but not enough to make me cringe or turn away.THE PRECIOUS DREADFUL by Steven Parlato is an engaging mystery with compelling characters and an intriguing plot. I highly recommend it.Here are some of my favorite lines from the book:“Rather than the intended comfort, his remark thwacks a dollop of disappointment atop my plate of unease.” (page 43)“I’m the one mistake my mother didn’t make repeatedly.” (page 47) “…the most prized writer traits are ‘fearlessness and fertility.’” (page 65)“Then, a havoc of wings and water, a squad of Canada geese land, paddlefeet churning the slime. Skimming in bowling-pin formation, they patrol; their calls are mechanical, more bark than birdsong.” (page 167)“The moon is a dirty fingernail; it rips a hole in the black fabric sky.” (page 268)“We can talk to one another without the echoes of past arguments interrupting.” (page 334)[I received an early copy in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.]
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  • C. Lee McKenzie
    January 1, 1970
    Precious Dreadful draws you into the life of Teddie Alder and holds you there until you make the entire journey with her. From start to finish you fear for her, you ache for her, and you root for her as she copes with the challenge of a mother who is no more than a child herself. Then Teddie faces an even more daunting task; she must unlock a secret only the Pond Girl holds. Mysterious and poignant, this poetic story takes you into troubled waters, but with a character who sails a sure course to Precious Dreadful draws you into the life of Teddie Alder and holds you there until you make the entire journey with her. From start to finish you fear for her, you ache for her, and you root for her as she copes with the challenge of a mother who is no more than a child herself. Then Teddie faces an even more daunting task; she must unlock a secret only the Pond Girl holds. Mysterious and poignant, this poetic story takes you into troubled waters, but with a character who sails a sure course toward her destination. I highly recommend this book for any discerning reader. I doubt they will be disappointed.I received an ARC in return for an honest review.
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  • Vani
    January 1, 1970
    SO WOW. If I had known how much I would love The Precious Dreadful, I would have gone at it a lot sooner! I let it sit on my computer for thirty whole days.So I had a feeling I would like The Precious Dreadful just from that weird description. I love how the ghost is mentioned so offhandedly. “Oh, yeah, AND there’s a ghost.” Like her other problems are bigger.I’m also such a sucker for anything involved in young people writing. So we have Teddi’s writing group, boy problems, mom problems, unreli SO WOW. If I had known how much I would love The Precious Dreadful, I would have gone at it a lot sooner! I let it sit on my computer for thirty whole days.So I had a feeling I would like The Precious Dreadful just from that weird description. I love how the ghost is mentioned so offhandedly. “Oh, yeah, AND there’s a ghost.” Like her other problems are bigger.I’m also such a sucker for anything involved in young people writing. So we have Teddi’s writing group, boy problems, mom problems, unreliable memory (I love me an unreliable narrator), and oh, yeah, that pesky ghost.I knew if the book was as quirky as its description, I’d dig it. And it does not disappoint.The writing is GORGEOUS. The voice captured me immediately.The beauty for me is especially in this, like, incongruity between the super modern Teddi voice saying things like “legit” and that her illness might be “contage” but also comes out with these brilliant comebacks and gorgeous metaphors. This could have gone SO wrong but it works so well.One ghost scene actually gave me the chills, which is a huge compliment. It is eerie and spectacular.The pacing is spot on, this is easily the kind of book one could finish in a day.The world-building is fantastic. I can feel Teddi’s crappy house and smell the pond. And y’all. THE POND. So much of this takes place around a pond where little Teddi and her childhood friend Corey played. I have no trouble seeing the pond, hearing what happens. It’s just so beautifully written.The characters are so great. This is phenomenal because while they aren’t all always likable, they’re so incredibly real and you feel for them, even the crappier ones.Our narrator, Teddi, is phenomenal. I loved her voice right away, and it never lets you down. Going through a less-than-perfect life with nothing but her dog and a ton of super dark humor, and it works for me. Teddi is the one to make a bad situation worse with an ill-timed joke, and I’m so here for it. Teddi does have a rather infuriating relationship with her on again/off again boyfriend, Aiden, and I think it’s important to remember that while that drives us crazy, it’s VERY realistic for a girl her age, especially given her home life. She’s so loving, so feeling, even taking care of her drunk mom whom some would have given up on.Speaking of her mom, wow. I KNOW THIS WOMAN. She is often awful, calling Teddi names and there’s a physical fight in there, too. But their relationship, their dynamic, their every interaction feels so authentic. I love their shorthand, their ease in communication. And even if her mom is awful, I want to root for her. I hope to be given a reason.You know I love me a girl friendship, and the one between Teddi and her BFF Willa is awesome. It has bumps, oh lord it has bumps. But it is so solid and amazing and their knowledge and support of one another is beautiful.We also can’t forget the ghost, who is so important even if she doesn’t say much. Her presence creeped me out in the best way.I am DEFINITELY going to pick up Steven Parlato’s first book, and keep an eye out for anything coming up from him! This book is strange and creepy and so delightful.*Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for advance access to this book in exchange for an honest review!*
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  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    E ARC from Edelweiss PlusDid not meet the needs of my collection at this time. Too YA.
  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    I read an ARC of The Precious Dreadful by Steven Parlato. I won't hide the fact that I am his wife, but before you are tempted to discount what I say because of that, let me tell you how fascinating it was to witness the writing process of this novel. One morning a couple of years ago Steven said, "Teddi Alder. I think I have to tell her story." He then began to invent, before our eyes, this young woman and her gritty, funny, lopsided world. It was like watching a person sketch a strange Faberge I read an ARC of The Precious Dreadful by Steven Parlato. I won't hide the fact that I am his wife, but before you are tempted to discount what I say because of that, let me tell you how fascinating it was to witness the writing process of this novel. One morning a couple of years ago Steven said, "Teddi Alder. I think I have to tell her story." He then began to invent, before our eyes, this young woman and her gritty, funny, lopsided world. It was like watching a person sketch a strange Faberge egg, then have it roll off the page and reveal its awful wonders. The story of The Precious Dreadful will have you reading as fast as you can. Teddi and company will make you laugh, will make you angry, and will make you think, maybe because you will see a little bit of yourself somewhere in the pages.
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  • Chanel
    January 1, 1970
    I received this as an ARC on NetGalley.I'm torn between 3 and 4 stars on this. On the one hand, it felt like there were so many plot points that never really fully fleshed themselves out completely but rather just got glossed over in the end in ambiguity. I didn't really like that. Also, the entire relationship building throughout the book was not great. I'm rarely a fan of characters who fall for each other so quickly with little background or understanding of how and why other than "he's hot" I received this as an ARC on NetGalley.I'm torn between 3 and 4 stars on this. On the one hand, it felt like there were so many plot points that never really fully fleshed themselves out completely but rather just got glossed over in the end in ambiguity. I didn't really like that. Also, the entire relationship building throughout the book was not great. I'm rarely a fan of characters who fall for each other so quickly with little background or understanding of how and why other than "he's hot" (and yes, I understand that's how teenagers work, I'm with them every day. But in my books I don't like to read it! I WANT MORE DEVELOPMENT!) Also, the end of the book felt like it wrapped up too neatly and quickly. On the other hand, though, the narrative voice was different and I liked it. The story was definitely unique. It caught me off guard quite a few times and at one point I was so surprised and disturbed that I didn't know what to think. It kept me reading and wanting to know what came next even as I was falling asleep at night. So for that, I rounded up with my stars.As a warning, though, this book involves some graphic descriptions and many trigger points, so I wouldn't recommend it for young readers who those with weak sensibilities.
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  • Nicole Strand
    January 1, 1970
    Teddi Alder is a typical teen trying to figure things out. She joins a summer library writing group called SUMMERTEENS. She's just trying to keep busy and not think but while writing disturbing memories of her childhood friend Corey plague her mind.Leading her to question her friendship with her BFF Willa, how much her mom knows all about it, and her memories. She feels like she's losing her mind when she starts seeing things like a ghost girl when she is alone at the park pool.On top of all tha Teddi Alder is a typical teen trying to figure things out. She joins a summer library writing group called SUMMERTEENS. She's just trying to keep busy and not think but while writing disturbing memories of her childhood friend Corey plague her mind.Leading her to question her friendship with her BFF Willa, how much her mom knows all about it, and her memories. She feels like she's losing her mind when she starts seeing things like a ghost girl when she is alone at the park pool.On top of all that, she's juggling two guys. As the summer happens, she is determined to sort everything out. Her feelings, the ghost girl that keeps popping up, and the memories of Corey.With this book, the first thing I noticed was the gorgeous cover. Add in a bit of mystery and romance and I was hooked.The main character is extremely likeable and even a bit relatable. I absolutely loved how the author managed to write an extremely good book that fits well into the paranormal, romance, and mystery genres.Be ready to get swept away into Teddi's story.
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  • Monica
    January 1, 1970
    Three days later I'm still absorbing all the nuances of this book. Mr. Parlato's character development of all the players in this drama made me truly live and breathe Teddi's life. I stayed up late Sunday night because I could not put it down! I highlighted so many passages on my advanced reader copy because of his beautiful prose. He perfectly captured the "advance-retreat-advance-stop" process that Teddi battled to follow her personal journey. It's truly a remarkable book! I highly recommend i Three days later I'm still absorbing all the nuances of this book. Mr. Parlato's character development of all the players in this drama made me truly live and breathe Teddi's life. I stayed up late Sunday night because I could not put it down! I highlighted so many passages on my advanced reader copy because of his beautiful prose. He perfectly captured the "advance-retreat-advance-stop" process that Teddi battled to follow her personal journey. It's truly a remarkable book! I highly recommend it to everyone, teen and adult alike.
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  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    THE PRECIOUS DREADFUL could be classified as a paranormal suspense, mystery, social problem novel, and Romance. The mystery pulled me through the most. (This may be a bias on my part. I love mysteries the most of all these genres. It's also hard to find YA mysteries.) The flawed characters are dimensional and larger-than-life. Teddi Alder's story grabbed me from the first page. In my opinion, THE PRECIOUS DREADFUL is a YA-crossover, as adult readers will enjoy it too. I received an ARC in exchan THE PRECIOUS DREADFUL could be classified as a paranormal suspense, mystery, social problem novel, and Romance. The mystery pulled me through the most. (This may be a bias on my part. I love mysteries the most of all these genres. It's also hard to find YA mysteries.) The flawed characters are dimensional and larger-than-life. Teddi Alder's story grabbed me from the first page. In my opinion, THE PRECIOUS DREADFUL is a YA-crossover, as adult readers will enjoy it too. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Lorna (fictionalflowerday)
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of The Precious Dreadful by Steven Parlato from Simon Pulse through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The Precious Dreadful was a mystery to me. It started out a little jumbled at first and slowly started to come together. I wonder if that was kind of representative to the main character in the story, Teddi. This book starts out with Teddi joining SUMMERTEENS, a library writing group, to keep herself busy and away from her distant mother. As Teddi starts writing, dist I received a copy of The Precious Dreadful by Steven Parlato from Simon Pulse through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The Precious Dreadful was a mystery to me. It started out a little jumbled at first and slowly started to come together. I wonder if that was kind of representative to the main character in the story, Teddi. This book starts out with Teddi joining SUMMERTEENS, a library writing group, to keep herself busy and away from her distant mother. As Teddi starts writing, disturbing childhood memories of a former friend, Corey, begin coming to the surface. With these memories, Teddi begins to question everything: her relationship with her best friend, how much her mother knows, and even how much she knows. Teddi begins to worry she's losing her grip on reality. Teddi decides she must get to the bottom of everything as the summer progresses. I struggled through parts of this book and got lost at points, but overall I thought this was an interesting story with good development.
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  • Melody Maysonet
    January 1, 1970
    Infused with humor, this is a spooky, tragic story that will stay with me for a long time.
  • Alysa H.
    January 1, 1970
    ** I received a Review Copy of this book via NetGalley **
  • Steven Parlato
    January 1, 1970
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