Book Review: Half-Life by Tina Ferraro

by Tina Ferraro

Summary from Goodreads:

Half a life is not worth living.

Probably not a good idea to take advice from your dead twin sister. High school sophomore Trisha Traynor and friends have played the Halloween mirror game for years, the one that’s supposed to show a glimpse of the guy they’ll marry. But no one’s ever seen anything.

Until tonight—when Trisha is gob smacked by the candlelit arrival of her long-deceased twin sister, instead of her crush, Kirk Maxwell.

In a voice and vision that only Trisha can hear and see, Chessie claims to be back on a compassionate journey. Trisha fears she’s gone nuthouse crazy. But she nonetheless follows the instructions Chessie outlines in their nightly conversations, until she finds herself stepping across some ethical lines, and probably ending all chances with Kirk.

When a sisterly showdown ensues, resulting in the shattering of the mirror, Chessie’s gone again, and a heartsick Trisha sets about righting her recent wrongs. That is, until she stumbles upon the real reason Chessie had come back and the most important glimpse yet that the mirror could never predict.


“Half-Life is a whole lot of fun! An absorbing plot, characters everyone can relate to, and a sweet romance with a drop-dead gorgeous guy. Tina Ferraro’s trademark humor is beautifully balanced with emotional depth in this wonderful paranormal novella. Loved it!” ~ Vanessa Barneveld, author of THIS IS YOUR AFTERLIFE

“Tina Ferraro’s sweet HALF-LIFE is an enjoyable, heart-tug of a ride through the special, forever-bond of siblings, the awkward dynamics of family, the challenges friendship, and knowing when to take responsibilities for your own actions…especially in matters of life and death. Of course, there’s also that ever-important first kiss from the boy of your dreams that leaves your toes popping and your life tingling.” ~ Marley Gibson, bestselling author of the GHOST HUNTRESS series

TSR My Review

I liked this book but I just wasn’t blown away. I had high expectations due to the title, the beautiful cover and the mysterious blurb. However, I found the story to be a little too young for my taste. I enjoy reading YA and even some middle grade books have captivated me but in this case it sort of fell flat for me. I do think that a younger audience could definitely enjoy it more than I did. The best thing for me was the author’s writing style. It was so easy to read; the words just flowed. I would like to read more books by Tina Ferraro, I just don’t think Half Life was the one for me.

From the blurb we know that the ghost of Trisha’s twin sister came to her during a seance with her friends. Chessie is apparently on a mission to patch things up between Trisha and her best friend. I couldn’t really relate or understand the fallout with the best friend. Apparently Trisha was mad because her friend had a boyfriend and wasn’t spending time with her anymore, or at least that’s what I got from it. Maybe for a teenager this is a huge deal but to me it seemed way too trivial. Overall, it is a good (just not great) coming of age story where Trisha learns a few good lessons and the author surprises us with an unexpected twist.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

3 out of 5 stars

3 stars