Angelina's Secret (Angelina's Secret #1)
by Lisa Rogers
Published February 1st 2012 by Spencer Hill Press
As a child, Angelina spent years in counseling learning that Josie, her imaginary friend, wasn't real, but it turns out her childhood friend wasn't imaginary after all.Now Angelina has to accept she's either (A) crazy or (B) able to see ghosts. Wanting to believe in her sanity, she chooses (B) and welcomes Josie back into her life. But even Josie can't help her deal with Shelly, the spirit of a confused teenager, and things go very, very wrong.When Angelina finds herself in a psychiatric hospital, she faces a choice: she can spend the rest of her life pretending to be someone she isn't, or she can embrace who she is and take a chance that she may never get to go home.
I really liked that this book was different than most and that most of the characters were so real, I loved that it could make me feel so angry about the things that were happening to Angelina when no one would listen to her and they sent her to the "mental facility". It felt as if I was her and I could relate to what she was feeling. It made me feel hopeless and frustrated just like Angelina would feel when her mom wasn't listening to anything she was saying when she tried to explain things and when they treated her as if she was crazy. I was also surprised when she decided that she was going to try to convince her parents and her brother that she could see ghosts instead of saying that she had just been lying so she could get out which is what you would expect her to do. But I didn't really get interesting until late in the story when I started wondering how Angelina would try to convince her mom she wasn't crazy. Most of the characters seemed real, but I felt like Kathy was too exaggerated and I don't feel like the book had enough about the relationship between Jason and Angelina because it didn't explain how they met or anything else about their relationship.