Published on 2021
Published by Penguin
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Horror, LGBTQ, Thriller, Young Adult
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How is everybody’s weekend? We hope you find time to do a bit of reading! We are excited to be today’s stop for the tour of “The Taking of Jake Livingston” by Ryan Douglass. Here is the list of all the lovely blogs participating.
” I hate my own name. It makes me sound like one of them. Jake. It means someone who takes or overthrows by force. That doesn’t sound like me. “
Meet Jake: he is not only the only black kid in his private school, but he can also see the dead. They are all around his school. But as they are harmless, stuck in a time-loop reliving their deaths (is it only me whose mind immediately goes to Westworld, when time-loops are mentioned?😄🤣), they blur in the background and he almost doesn’t pay attention to them. Almost. Until he meets Sawyer. (Lost anyone? Okay, okay I’ll stop it with the tv references.)
“Have you ever heard your name called so much that you wanted to die?”
Meet Sawyer: he tried to kill himself but his mom released him early from his treatment center. He keeps a diary giving us his POV in the book.
Now full disclosure, I don’t read horror often, and make no mistake this is a horror read, so I was a bit hesitant to pick it up. But I did ended up enjoying it. It flows very easily and it’s a nice blend of contemporary teen angst mixed with horror elements. My only complain is that it ended too fast and I wanted to read a little bit more!