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The Taking of Jake Livingston (edição 2021)

por Ryan Douglass (Autor)

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Título:The Taking of Jake Livingston
Autores:Ryan Douglass (Autor)
Informação:G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (2021), 256 pages
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***why not***
So here's the thing: IT SOUNDS SO CREEPY!
  Jonesy_now | Sep 24, 2021 |
  joyblue | Aug 31, 2021 |
Considering how excited I was to read this book, it failed to live up to my expectations. While the author managed to shed light on racism and life of a queer black teen, the plot on itself was weak. Despite being a relatively short novel, I found it difficult to complete it quickly - kept on losing interest.

The book is written in first-person narrative (one of them was a diary form) and the big reveal was heart-breaking. One couldn't help sympathise with Sawyer at that point, keeping in mind what he went through and how he could not find help when he needed it the most. Teaches us how important it is to have someone to communicate openly with - a message for everyone!

Brownie points for the brilliant cover though. Wouldn't be a lie if I say that part of the reason why I read this book was because I was intrigued by the cover. Beautifully designed!

Do I recommend this book? It is a good one-time read if you're into paranormal/horror genres. ( )
  sanyazulfiqarmithani | Jul 21, 2021 |
The Taking of of Jake Livingston is an impressive, fast-paced YA horror debut with hidden depths. Jake Livingston is unique because he is a Black, gay student at a mostly white prep school and he can see ghosts and ghouls. Both of these aspects of his life make Jake feel constantly haunted. He can never get away from seeing scenes of death (even in PE class) and he is bullied and subjected to racism by some of the teachers and students at school. The racism is institutionalized and almost no one stands up to the racism or comes to Jake's defense.
Things get really dangerous for Jake when he is targeted by the vengeful ghost of Sawyer Doon, a school shooter who intends to finish the job and murder the students he missed the first time. The chapters from Sawyer's point of view were scary but showed what led to him being so troubled. Even though Sawyer did monstrous things, the reader develops empathy for him, as the abuse he suffered from was tragic. No one advocated for Sawyer. We also get a Sawyer's eye view on how he intends to infiltrate Jake's mind.
The supernatural horror is done chillingly well. Jake must contend with ghosts, ghouls and sinister ecto-mist, the seeping matter that eats ghosts. These visions create a constant feeling of creeping unease. The story is dark and violent, and perhaps not one for those who easily have nightmares. However, shadows can be conquered. Jake finds some sympathetic friends; there is a sweet love story and Jake's family learns to communicate and support each other better.
The Taking of Jake Livingston makes the reader think about how the worst monsters in the book are not necessarily the ghosts and ghouls, but the human horrors of racism, homophobia and abuse. There was depth and social commentary in this book that I was not expecting. Some aspects of the dead world and plot-line were a little confusing and could have been better developed. I would have liked this book to be longer. I really enjoyed Jake Livingston and am hoping for a sequel. #BookishFirst ( )
  PennyOlson | Jun 29, 2021 |
The Taking of Jake Livingston was one of my most anticipated reads of the year. The second I saw its glorious cover, I knew I had to read it as soon as I possibly could. Thankfully, I got the opportunity to read it earlier via a giveaway from BookishFirst.

While I definitely enjoyed the overall story, especially the representation for black, queer teen boys, I couldn't help but feel a tad disappointed. While Jake is at the center of this story, it felt like he wasn't necessarily developed at all. In fact, more characterization and development was given to the story's villain, an actual school shooter and all around psychopath, which felt like an odd choice. Additionally, certain plot choices felt very out of left field and distracted from the main story rather than help add to it. While I believe that trauma was represented well and is definitely a great attribute to the overall message of the book, it was especially effected by such choices.

Overall, while I may have had some issues with it, The Taking of Jake Livingston is a solid debut novel. I look forward to reading more from Ryan Douglass! ( )
  spellbindingstories | May 2, 2021 |
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