Review of Jason Reynolds’ book “Ghost”


Written by Jason Reynolds

“RUNNING. That’s all that Ghost (real name Castle Cranshaw) has ever known. But never for a track team. Nope his game has always been ball. But when Ghost impassively challenges an elite sprinter to a race- and wins- the Olympic tmedalist track coach sees he has something: crazy natural talent. Thing is, Ghost has something else: a lot of anger, and a past that he tries to outrun. Can Ghost harness his raw talent for speed and meld with the team, or will his past finally catch up with him.”

I recently received my summer reading assignment, which required me to read Ghost. The teen protagonist of the book spent most of the book attempting to figure out who he was while adjusting to his new life on the track. The protagonist of the book Ghost is a typical young man who, while attempting to make sense of the world, one day appears on a track field, and everything in his life changes. Throughout the narrative, Ghost receives encouragement from his devoted trainer, Coach Brody, who acknowledges his extraordinary running prowess. He continues to mentor his children and has grown closer to Ghost as a big brother role.

Ghost: Synopsis

We were introduced to our character right away. He displayed these arbitrary world records to us. We are embarking on a new journey. Ghost takes up jogging as a new hobby thanks to his natural talent. In the end, he comes to appreciate it while learning the value of friendship, healthy relationships, and how to keep his skills on track. Ghost himself was a typical teenage boy—bold, driven, and a little bit spunky. He clashes with a student at school and returns a pair of sneakers that he stole.

Cranshaw Castle

Additionally, he develops psychologically and realises that the only way to go past his past is to face it. It was a very moving story. We learn that Ghost and his father had a really troubled past. His father was taken into custody. As his own wife and child, he fired. He is still disturbed by this troubled history. He had undoubtedly come from a damaged household, which required him to grow up.

“You can’t run away from who you are, but what you can do is run toward who you want to be.”


Additionally, he makes some new acquaintances who wind up being friends. We met Coach Brody, Sunny Lancaster, Lu Richardson, and a furious “Patty” Jones. Ghost discovers that he enjoys his squad and keeps up his track streak despite getting involved in some school-related controversy.

In the end, Ghost gains some insight into his life. In his meets, he runs before everyone else, and he values his coach and his group. He ultimately came to the conclusion that being alone wasn’t healthy and formed a close-knit circle of friends that he enjoyed.

The author’s style may be summed up in one word: action packed. The book was also quite thrilling! I just couldn’t stop watching the story since I was constantly curious about what would happen next. In addition, I truly enjoy the book; however, I wish it had been a little more difficult. Still, it was a really good book for teens and tweens. All things considered, this is a pretty engaging chapter book that I wholeheartedly suggest younger children read. It’s not a difficult read.

The book receives a score of nine out of ten from me.