Lex Bartleby has always been good. A good kid, a good student, a good twin sister to Cordy. But when Lex turns 16, she remodels her perfect behavior into that of a juvenile delinquent. After losing tracks of the number of times she’s been in the principal’s office or suspended, Lex’s parents decide that it might be a good idea if she tried something new. Fearing the prison-like clutches of a teenage reform school, she is perplexed and mystified when her parents suggest a summer away with her lunatic uncle, Mort.
When I picked up “Croak” for the first time, I thought, “Hey, I can get into this. I know what a Grim Reaper is; I watch Supernatural.” I was not expecting the hilarious, rollercoaster ride I received in the too-short, 311 pages that followed.
“Croak” was a page-turner, to say the very least and it was refreshing to get away from the current stories featuring vampires and werewolves. Lex brings a new light and life to death with her quick wit and dark, satirical humor. I can’t count how many times I laughed out loud while reading. Seriously. I never knew how funny the life of a Grim Reaper could actually be.
I would strongly recommend that everyone with even a modicum of humor in their blood pick up this story and start reading. Today!
In this first installment in a morbidly hilarious new series, we meet sixteen-year-old Lex Bartleby, who had recently gone delinquent. Fed up with her punkish, wild behavior, her parents ship her off to Croak, in upstate New York, to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape. But Uncle Mort’s true occupation is much dirtier than that of shoveling manure.
He’s a Grim Reaper. And he’s going to teach her the family business.