Ballad for A Mad Girl is not your average young adult read. The main character Grace is haunted by a series of supernatural occurrences or, perhaps an over active imagination? The lines blur constantly through the book, leaving the reader slightly confused about what is real and what is fake, but it appears deliberate on the authors part and this deepens the plot.
Ultimately, the story is about family and friendship, and the positive impact loved ones can have on the life of a struggling teenager. Some are quick to cast Grace off as crazy, but her core supporters never give up on her, no matter how strange or outrageous she is behaving. They help her deal with unresolved grief, guilt and her invincible nature and finally, she finds the strength to let go of her demons.
The book is slightly ominous and at times, complex but well worth reading.