Texting the Underworld by Ellen Booraem: A Fun Re-Introduction to Cultural Mythology and Banshees

Perpetual scaredy-cat Conor O’Neill has the fright of his life when a banshee girl named Ashling shows up in his bedroom. Ashling is–as all banshees are–a harbinger of death, but she’s new at this banshee business, and first she insists on going to middle school. As Conor attempts to hide her identity from his teachers, he realizes he’s going to have to pay a visit to the underworld if he wants to keep his family safe.

Description taken from Goodreads.

So…. Celts are Buddhist.

Or so it is stated by this book.


I’m not sure that the cultural mythology in this is 100% accurate, but I still enjoyed it all the same. I have to say that this was a little long for the concept it was carrying and the plotline, but about halfway through the story, I started really enjoying this novel. I loved Conor’s journey and I really appreciated it. Even though it’s not the most original concept, there’s a lot of strength to the idea I feel that Booraem is trying to get across–and that is getting strength. Becoming stronger. Growing older and wiser.

Overall, I don’t think that a lot of students will love this book simply because of the length and how long the book takes to get started, but people who are willing to put in time and people who are patient will have a fun time with the fresh introduction into banshees. Fairly funny read. 3.5 stars.

pg count for the hardback: 320


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