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A delinquent sixteen-year-old girl is sent to live with her uncle for the summer, only to learn that he is a Grim Reaper who wants to teach her the family business.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.
ISBN: 9780547608327
Branch Call Number: YA Dami
Characteristics: vi, 311 p. : map ; 22 cm.


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Jun 07, 2018

Okay, here's my one major issue with this book: Apparently, humans are the ones who have been carrying the souls of the dead to the afterlife (whatever afterlife, because it has to be politically correct), and you need all of this fancy technology to do it, like, an Internet made of jellyfish. So, my question is, how did humans Kill people before, if they need all of this fancy tech? A short history on the GRIMs would have been helpful to me, because although the story was good, that one fact really ruined reading it for me.

CHARACTERS: Okay, only in novels like this are twins named after battles of the civil war (Lexington and Concord), which tells you it's one of THOSE books. (Books where parents curse their children with weird names.) I couldn't really identify with Lex, but I did like her and most of the other characters.

PLOT: An interesting plot, but not necessarily engaging. It was a typical investigation and there was going to be a typical reveal at the end as to who was doing this strange, bad Killing (and it's not Lex, just throwing that out there. I read too much Agatha Christie.)

ACCURACY: Again, how would the Romans Kill anyone if they didn't have these high-tech jellyfish?

RECOMMENDATION: I won't bother reading or recommending this book to my friends. It was a fun ride, but not one that I particularly loved.

Mar 24, 2016

A so-so story trying to poke fun at our dealings with death. When Lex gets shipped off to her uncle's farm for a summer, after a lot of violence on her part, she finds out she is uniquely suited to a job as a reaper of souls. Or, as the job title states, 'Killer'. Her work partner captures the soul and releases it into the afterworld. Uh-huh.
Got it to see if I could interest my son in another novel, but I couldn't bring myself to recommend it in the end.
I recommend Jackie Morse Kessler's 'Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse' series.

Kereesa Feb 18, 2016

There was a lot of effort here, to be funny, meaningful, but just not in the right places..

BostonPL_JordanD Oct 31, 2014

Croak by Gina Demico
Read by: Anna/Boston Public Library
Originally posted to the Teen Blog on 12/14/2012.

This is the story of a 16-year-old teen who gets shipped off to spend the summer with her Uncle Mort because of sudden behavioral issues. Lex, named after the battle of Lexington, has no idea why she turned violent. She just knows that she likes to punch people and it doesn’t matter whether they’ve done something to personally offend her or not. But when she gets to the town of Croak, NY (Population 82), she’s startled to discover that her uncle isn’t the farmer she expected. He’s a Grim Reaper. And so is everyone else in the small town. She was born to be a Grim. At first she isn’t sure about this, but the more she hangs out with the other Junior Grims, and the more time she spends at work, Killing dead bodies so her partner can Cull the souls to send the people to the afterlife, the more she comes to realize that Croak is where she belongs.

But then, mysterious deaths start to occur. Not only do the medical examiners not know what’s killing these people, seemingly at random, but neither do the Grims. When it become apparent that the killer could very well be a Grim, it’s up to Lex and the other Junior Grims to figure it out.

Honestly, I think I died laughing. No joke. This book is at the same time dark, very serious and yet light with humor. I loved getting to hang out in the afterlife with the dead famous people like Edgar Allen Poe who seems to be the only one who doesn’t like John Wilkes Booth because John stole Edgar’s favorite quill. When we get the absolutely lovely description of the alcohol-like drink that actually has no alcohol in it, I about died, wishing I could have a cup. Keep in mind, the drink has no alcohol, but if a Grim has more than three drinks in a row, that could spell a very different kind of trouble: Death. The murder mystery that takes place is definitely a mystery that will defy you until near the end of the book. At least, it did for me. The book is at times creepy, but there is also a healthy dose of awkward romance to go along with the creep. While most books these days throw in the perfect romance between the two perfect main characters, this romance is not perfect. Nothing goes as planned and neither are the two main characters perfect. It’s wonderfully realistic.

Over all, this book was a nice breath of fresh air from all the books that only seem to mimic each other these days. Yep, there’s a girl on the cover, but she’s wearing a black hoodie (proper Grim attire) and carrying a large scythe. Not a fancy dress that never gets worn in the book. But be aware of one thing. As you near the end of the first book, make sure you have Scorch, the second book, handy because you’ll want to dive right in without waiting. Trust me, this book is awesome. And the story’s not done yet…

I can’t recommend this book enough.

Jun 24, 2014

Loved this book! It made me want to be a Grim with my own special scythe! I would recommend this book to anyone that likes that rebellious feel to books.

Feb 14, 2014

Loved, loved, loved this book. I am afraid to say more cause I might give it away. All I am going to say is try it out yourself. Can't wait for the next one.

Dec 13, 2013

This book rocked. I'm not a Grim reaper book fan but with this book you don't even notice it. I got so hooked into this book that I had to read the next in the series - Scorch. Love Love Love!!!

Dec 12, 2013

This was by far, one awesome book! I loved how the relationship between Lex and Driggs was realistic and not all perfect like most YA novels these days.

BBeyond89 Oct 07, 2012

I realy enjoyed this book, probably because I can relate to most of her situations.something I will read again sometime.

Aug 26, 2012

Wonderful, funny-sad book. Fast read and great characters.

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Nov 16, 2014

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sithier Jul 17, 2014

this book was one of my favorite books it had so much adventure and romance and many other interesting features involved in it I just love how lex and driggs met and that driggs fell in love with lex when he was fourteen before they actually meant and then when they meant he just kept falling in love with.... everything about lex. its an amazing book


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