Monday, April 9, 2012

Croak by Gina Damico

Publisher: Harcourt
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 311 pages
Series: Croak #1  


Sixteen-year-old Lex Bartleby has sucker-punched her last classmate. Fed up with her punkish, wild behavior, her parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape. But Uncle Mort’s true occupation is much dirtier than that of shoveling manure.

He’s a Grim Reaper. And he’s going to teach her the family business.

Lex quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated entirely by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next. Along with her infuriating yet intriguing partner Driggs and a rockstar crew of fellow Grim apprentices, Lex is soon zapping her Targets like a natural born Killer.

Yet her innate ability morphs into an unchecked desire for justice—or is it vengeance?—whenever she’s forced to Kill a murder victim, craving to stop the attackers before they can strike again. So when people start to die—that is, people who aren’t supposed to be dying, people who have committed grievous crimes against the innocent—Lex’s curiosity is piqued. Her obsession grows as the bodies pile up, and a troubling question begins to swirl through her mind: if she succeeds in tracking down the murderer, will she stop the carnage—or will she ditch Croak and join in? 

THIS BOOK PUT MY LIFE IN PERIL!!! I almost died laughing! Croak took me a week to finish, and through out that whole week I could not stop thinking about it, and during that week I embarassed myself more times than I want to count. Simply by laughing hysterically in the middle of boring geometry lessons.

You probably get it by now. This book is hilarious, but the characters are also amazing. I just love Lex, and her always obnoxious behavior. In the firt few pages I couldn't really relate with her but after like 10 pages I kept seeing myself in Lex. I think there is a delinquent teenager inside all of us.

The other main character (actually, maybe semi main character) is Lex's partner, Driggs, who also happens to be around her age and handsome, which Lex keeps denying trying to tell herself that he's ugly. I liked Driggs but nowhere near as much as I liked Lex. One can tell that Driggs is the love interest from the beginning, but the romance in this novel is next to none. which is perfectly fine with me because sometimes it all gets a bit too much.

I think I loved every aspect of this book. I feel like a sleezy old car salesman the way I've been singing praise about Croak, the only difference is that I'm not tyring to sell a car. It was immensely refreshing reading a book that was'nt about about Vampires, or teenage witches. The storyline was great. Gina Damico wrote this novel in a way that had me hooked from the very first page, and always looking forward to what would happen next. I strongly recommend this book to anyone that loves a good laugh!

  • “Momentarily forgetting how wind works, Lex tried spitting at him. This failed” 
  • “Should she go on? Or drop it? Maybe this was one of those things that people should keep to themselves, like a hatred of baby pandas or a passion for polka music. Everyone needs a secret or two.” 
  • "Let me go!" She tore off a mirror and brandished it in his face. "I mean it! I don't want to go to your godforsaken hellbarn, you retarded psycho farmer!” 
  • "Let me tell you something right now, something that I don't want you ever to forget: Starbucks is an abomination." Lex was speechless. She now believed that there was no way in a million years this man could possibly be a blood relative.”

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