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November 2012 Read of the Month Review

Well, the streak is over.  I have finally finished a "Read of the Month."  I did not give up on my November 2012 Read, Croak by Gina Damico,  This is a tough review for me, because I usually either really enjoy a book or hate it so much I quit reading (see the last two months).  Croak was a struggle for me to finish, but not because I completely hated the young adult novel.  I actually really enjoyed the main character, Lex Bartleby.  There were parts of the story-line that I loved, but there were also parts that I absolutely hated.

Quick summary, Lex Bartelby is a constant troublemaker (unlike her sister) and is sent to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer in the town of Croak.  She quickly discovers she will not be working on a farm, and instead starts working as a Grim (short for Grim Reaper).  Her job is to finalize a death.  After a shaky start, Lex quickly begins to enjoy the job, but a problem in Croak could threaten everything she loves.

Things I liked: I loved the main character Lex and her Uncle Mort.  I also liked the plot and the basic storyline.  I found the method in which death was handled to be really interesting. 

What I did not like:  I did not like the method in which previous dead characters were handled (past Presidents, celebrities, authors, etc.)  I think it was supposed to be humorous, but I did not find it funny at all.  Almost like the afterlife scenes were added just to fill space.  These "characters" had little to do with the novel except for a minor portion near the end of the novel.  I also found the author Gina Damico trying too hard at points to get laughs or make the novel "hip" or "modern."  Again, I have no room to criticize, I would love to be a published author, just my opinion.

I will add the book to my collection at Carlson High School, but I do not plan on reading other novels in the series.  Now it is time to find a book for December.  Happy Holiday Shopping!!


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