The Gone Away Place by Christopher Barzak
A great novel crossing the border from realistic fiction to fantasy with some very prominent ghost stories. After picking a fight with her boyfriend, Ellie Frame suddenly leaves school before classes begin – a decision which saves her life. Later that morning, while Ellie hides out in a favorite getaway place, a series of tornadoes destroys her school, and sadly, most of her closest friends and her boyfriend are killed as a result of the storm. Overwhelmed with grief, she ends up struggling to accept that while she has survived – she is not okay. Her struggle grows when she sees the ghosts of her friends…but not her boyfriend. Will she ever see him again? And should she hope she does?
You can find this book in the Young Adult Fiction section at YA BARZAK.