I picked up Croak around the same time I was revisiting the TV Show Dead Like Me. I don’t know… there’s something about Grim Reapers that is significantly more appealing to me than other paranormal beings.
Lexington Bartleby is not your ordinary teenager. Well, she was an ordinary teenager until a few years before the beginning of the story when she became a short-tempered equal opportunity bully, who routinely knocks the stuffing out of everyone. After narrowly escaping expulsion from school, her parents ship her off to a town called Croak, which exists well outside normal civilization, to spend the summer with her Uncle Mort, working on his farm. Except that Uncle Mort doesn’t actually work on a farm. Lex’s Uncle Mort is a grim reaper, and is convinced that Lex is one too, which explains her deplorable behavior.
Croak has laughs, it has mystery, it has boys sucker punched in the face, and it has cameos by dead famous people. Add this one to the list of books that I enjoyed.
[Question of the Week]
Since this week’s book is about death and reaping and famous people cameos, here’s this week’s question: Lex has the opportunity, because she’s a reaper, to talk to Edgar Allan Poe. If you could talk to any one dead famous person, who would you talk to?