Croak by Gina Damico
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Lexington Bartlby is having a bad day. Well, make that a bad year. Okay, make that a bad two years. Since she turned 14, two years ago, Lexi has been working very hard to turn her squeaky,clean image into one of a troubled, trouble-making teen. The problem is, Lexi just can't figure out why she is doing the things she does. Lexi's parents have put up with the fighting, swearing, and even petty thieving that have become everyday occurrences around the Bartlby house. But with her senior year staring her in the face, they have decide it is time for a change. For Lexi this means being shipped off to Croak to live with her Uncle Mort. When Lexi hits Croak, she quickly finds out Uncle Mort has an agenda of his own. He is going to train Lexi in the family business, reaping souls. Lexi soon finds out there are worse things out there than her.
I really enjoyed this book. However, for the first couple of chapters it is really hard to like Lexi no matter how much you try. There is no explanation as to why she is so bad. But once Uncle Mort roars in on his motorcycle things started to pick up. He gives back to Lexi as much as she dishes out. The other quirky characters who live in Croak also bring humor to the story. Through her interaction with them and Uncle Mort we see why Lexi acts as she does and gain understanding and a little more sympathy for her. I am now anxiously awaiting the next installment of Croak.
For teen readers 12+ due to violence and language.
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