Kat Preston is a normal 17-year-old girl except for one thing: she can talk to ghosts. She has ignored them since she was a young girl, but when she goes on a trek to Castle Creighton with a group of students to solve “The Radcliffe Curse”—a curse that leaves the oldest male Radcliffe heir dead on his 23rd birthday—she can’t avoid them any longer. Kat must confront the ghosts head-on when she is yanked through a magic portal with student leader Evan, and they are transported to 1886 into the bodies of two guests at the wedding where the curse began. But can Kat and Evan save the day before they fade into the past—forever?
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How Can a Girl Ignore Ghosts? by K.C. Tansley
In the Girl Who Ignored Ghosts, you’ll meet Kat Preston. She’s had a secret since she was a baby. She can see ghosts. They come to her for their reckonings. As she grew up, she did what she could to help them, but a kid can only do so much. And then a silver-eyed ghost appeared. She tried to possess Kat’s body and take over her life.
Kat almost lost everything, but another ghost saved her. She helped Kat regain control of her own body. It came at a price. Kat could no longer be around ghosts if she wanted to stay safe.
Ghosts require that you believe in them. They need that belief to materialize near you. They call themselves the unbelievables because as long as you don’t believe you don’t know they exist.
Kat has to actively lie to herself. She has to convince herself that ghosts don’t exist. She has to stop believing in them. It’s the only way she could have a normal life.
But how could she not believe in something she knows is real? Have you ever lied to yourself for your own good?
Like when you look in the mirror and you think, gosh these pants shrunk. You know the dryer couldn’t do that in one drying, but you convince yourself it’s the pants that shrunk, not you that grew. You may even see the weight you’ve put on, but you can’t deal with it. So you lie. You blame that dryer. You curse that dryer for ruining your pants. You say it enough times and you actually start to believe it because it makes you feel better.
The very same principle applies here. Kat ignores the ghosts because she has to. She can’t admit that they exist without risking losing herself to them. It’s a terrible strain to lie to herself. To actively disbelieve in things she knows are true. But people will do whatever it takes to survive. Even lie to themselves.
So Kat ignores the ghosts. But deep down, she knows she’s lying. And they know it too.
About Kourtney Heintz:
Kourtney Heintz is the award-winning author of the novel The Six Train to Wisconsin (2013), and is debuting her first Young Adult novel THE GIRL WHO IGNORED GHOSTS under the pseudonym K.C. Tansley. Heintz is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives with her warrior lapdog, Emerson, on a hill in Connecticut. Never one to say no to a road trip, she's climbed the Great Wall twice, hopped on the Sound of Music tour in Salzburg, and danced the night away in the dunes of Cape Hatteras. She loves the ocean and hates the sun, which makes for interesting beach days.
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