Series Starters: The Mediator Series

The Mediator series by Meg Cabot is by far one of my most favorite series for young adults. There are seven books and a two short stories in the series, with the most recent book having been published last year.

The series starts out with sixteen-year-old Susannah Simon moving from New York City to California, where her mother has relocated after remarrying. Suze is already unhappy about the move, but she is hoping for a fresh start in sunny California after her struggles in New York with the undead. Suze is a mediator; she can see, hear, and touch ghosts, and it’s her job to help the dead with their unfinished business so they can move on to the afterlife. She hopes the ghosts won’t follower her to her new house, but she’s sorely mistaken when she finds out her new bedroom is haunted by a 150-year-old ghost.

Throughout the series, Suze makes friends and enemies who are dead and alive, meets fellow mediators who are both benevolent and evil, and falls more in love with Jesse de Silva, the ghost who haunts her bedroom. She has typical teenage issues, like friend and boy drama, but with the added twist of being able to talk to the dead. First published in 2000, the conclusion of the series takes place years later with (spoiler alert) the happily ever after fans had been rooting for all along.

If you’re looking for a quick young adult series to read that will make you laugh out loud or cry in despair, The Mediator series is perfect for you.