So I’m pretty sure you know who Meg Cabot is, right? Like, I grew up on her books so she’s pretty important in my pages. Aha.
But, in case her name still doesn’t ring a bell, I’m sure you indirectly know her. I will now commence in giving you prompts to jolt your memories.
Her 1-800-WHERE-R-YOU series was made into an old TV show in the ’90s known as – well – Missing.
Disney has crafted her standalone novel Avalon High into a movie starring Britt Robertson (like, who doesn’t adore that girl-next-door kinda face?)
And lastly, if I have to come to Exhibit C for you to understand the vastness of her great works, I’m starting to think you don’t love YA as much as you think you do 😉
Meg Cabot started the very popular series The Princess Diaries, which as you guessed it (hopefully), has become a movie series as well starring none other than Anne Hathaway.
Now, I’m hoping this jogged your distant and vague memory of who she is because none of the above series/books are why I’m starring this Author Spotlight for her. Growing up, I adored her Mediator series about a girl, with the most hilarious sarcastic humor, who could see ghosts. And her job was, well, to mediate for them onto the afterlife.
No? Not jogging your memory because this series wasn’t made into a TV show/movie? Well, here’s the blurb for book 1.
There’s a hot guy in Susannah Simon’s bedroom. Too bad he’s a ghost.
Suze is a mediator – a liaison between the living and the dead. In other words, she sees dead people. And they won’t leave her alone until she helps them resolve their unfinished business with the living.
But Jesse, the hot ghost haunting her bedroom, doesn’t seem to need her help. Which is a relief, because Suze has just moved to sunny California and plans to start fresh, with trips to the mall instead of the cemetery, and surfing instead of spectral visitations.
But the very first day at her new school, Suze realizes it’s not that easy. There’s a ghost with revenge on her mind… and Suze happens to be in the way.
As it is, Cabot’s Mediator series ended with the 6th novel, Twilight, back in 2005. To my utter amazement, drum roll please, a book 7 has been published this year that continues several years after the events of Twilight (which were satisfactory, don’t get me wrong – if Cabot had left me in a bind of a cliffhanger all these years, I would’ve stalked her down). And hence, for all you fans who loved Susannah Simon’s crazy ghost antics and her beloved ghost Jesse, I am pointing you all to Meg’s latest and probably, actually her last book in the Mediator series. (You’re welcome).
THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED RETURN OF MEG CABOT’S BESTSELLING MEDIATOR SERIES FEATURING FAN-FAVORITE GHOST WHISPERER SUSANNAH SIMON
You can take the boy out of the darkness.
But you can’t take the darkness out of the boy.
All Susannah Simon wants is to make a good impression at her first job since graduating from college (and since becoming engaged to Dr. Jesse de Silva). But when she’s hired as a guidance counselor at her alma mater, she stumbles across a decade-old murder, and soon ancient history isn’t all that’s coming back to haunt her. Old ghosts as well as new ones are coming out of the woodwork, some to test her, some to vex her, and it isn’t only because she’s a mediator, gifted with second sight.
What happens when old ghosts come back to haunt you?
If you’re a mediator, you might have to kick a little ass.
From a sophomore haunted by the murderous specter of a child to ghosts of a very different kind—including Paul Slater, Suze’s ex, who shows up to make a bargain Suze is certain must have come from the Devil himself—Suze isn’t sure she’ll make it through the semester, let alone to her wedding night. Suze is used to striking first and asking questions later. But what happens when ghosts from her past—including one she found nearly impossible to resist—strike first?
If at the end of this blog and you still haven’t an iota of who the heck Meg Cabot is and her books, I do not judge you (much). The following link is to her Goodreads page and her website where you can browse through the multitude of books that she’s written in the last decades and learn more about her.
Now, if you really need a recommendation for where to start among all these books, as a girl who grew up on all her books, may I suggest the Mediator series? (totally not a biased suggestion here).