One for Sorrow by Christopher Barzak is one of those interesting novels that publishers have trouble classifying. Its characters are mostly teenagers and it reads like a young adult novel, but it has been marketed to adults ever since its publication back in 2008. The book itself is also a ghost story, a coming-of-age tale, and an examination of a family on the verge of falling apart. Adam McCormick has inherited his grandmother’s paranormal abilities, a fact he discovers when he befriends the ghost of a recently murdered classmate named Jamie Marks. Soon he is torn between local girl and the ghost of a boy who attracts him. Barzak has a gift for storytelling, allowing his narrator to engage in fascinating introspections without sacrificing pace. An interesting cross between A Catcher in the Rye and The Lovely Bones, One for Sorrow is definitely one to enjoy.