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Just Kill Me

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  211 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Megan Henske isn’t one to heed warnings…

When the last letters in her alphabet cereal are D, I, and E, she doesn’t crawl right back into bed. When her online girlfriend won’t text a photo, she just sends more of herself.

And when she realizes that Cynthia, her boss at a Chicago ghost tour company, isn’t joking about making stops more haunted by killing people there, she do
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published August 30th 2016 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Feb 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-reviewed, lgbtqia
I'm a huge fan of dark comedies and I was really looking forward to this book, because I really enjoy Selzer's writing style and his sense of humor. I thought Play Me Backwards was really good and I thought Sparks, written under the name SJ Adams was fucking fantastic, so I was really looking forward to Just Kill Me. Funny, dark, and gay? Hell yeah I'm there. But, after reading it I'm very...I don't know...underwhelmed.

The problem with this book, and this is evident very early on, is that it doe
Jun 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: bi-books, 2018, lgbtqia
There is nothing - I repeat, NOTHING - more frustrating than a book that started off amazingly and then had a disappointing ending!! I was gonna give this book a solid 4.5 and I was confident in that rating up until maybe the last 25-30% of the book, which is when things took a nosedive.

A quick summary of where things went so terribly wrong:
- cheating bisexual trope
- I understand that it kiiiinda happened for *plot reasons* but SURELY THERE WAS ANOTHER WAY OF HANDLING THIS (view spoiler)
Mississippi Library Commission
Megan Henske doesn’t believe in superstitions, being a mortician’s daughter and all. However, there are strange things happening in her home city of Chicago and her unusual summer job, a ghost tour guide, has her helping kill people. This is a great dark comedy and perfect for Halloween (or any other time of year you crave a good spook)!
Britain Campbell
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Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not AS good as the Leon Harris books, but still worthy.

However... this book totally makes me want to drive down Blood Road at midnight so I can catch a glimpse of the so-called Satanists that supposedly used to gather there. Or at least encounter the alleged Ghost Dog you can supposedly hear barking if you stop your vehicle by the swamp and roll down the windows. And naturally I'd go home via the route that takes me over the Crying Child Bridge.
I'm not sure what I think of this book. I started out really enjoying it. The main character is kind of a hoot, and I liked her a lot. I have my doubts about other characters. The mother was not really present. Her bosses, Cynthia and Rick, were interesting at first, and I continued to like Rick, but I'm less enthusiastic about Cynthia. SPOILERS from now forward. Cynthia performs mercy killings, and she ropes Megan into it. Megan is cool with it, and I have no issue with euthanasia, but it seeme ...more
Dustin the wind Crazy little brown owl
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of SIX FEET UNDER
Shelves: amazing, read-in-2016
"Let us deprive death of its strangeness, let us frequent it, let us get used to it . . . To practice death is to practice freedom."

"Usually, when a man shoots a woman, he attempts his own life. When a woman shoots a man, she seems to think that's enough for one day."

Words can not describe how much this book spoke to me. I loved the subject matter so much that I started visiting local graveyards and found
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Nope. This was not for me. The only reason it got 2 stars instead of 1 is because of the words and definitions used. Otherwise, the story didn't really flow, characters aren't fully developed, and the ending was pretty unsatisfying. ...more
Jamaican Reader
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a book! I wasn't sure what to expect with this title but I was not disappointed at all. The pacing was slow but not dead, just slow enough to make you think you can take a break before slapping you in the face with the smallest new information that suddenly peeks interest. The constant mention of says/said/asks/asked was quite annoying, but very much looked over due to the story. Megan, our main character, was completely shown. We got her anxiety and paranoia (which affected me more than ne ...more
Sep 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: funny, young-adult
I loved this book - except the ending was incredibly abrupt and left me with more questions than answers. Very disappointing
Pop Bop
May 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
A Funny Thing About Death

So what does an independent, slightly snarky, and bright 18 year old do when she doesn't necessarily want to join the family funeral business, but also doesn't want to continue bagging groceries at the local mart? Why, she takes a job with a local Ghost Tour company. And so begins "Just Kill Me", which is, in fact, a "dark comedy".

Actually, I'd emphasize the "comedy" part. The "dark" part comes from the ghosts, tales of serial killers and killers' victims, crypts, ectopl
Andrew Collins
Oct 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Just Kill Me can’t decide if it wants to be horror, comedy, or mystery, so it just melds them all together as the book’s own unique style. This both helps and harms the book. It makes it appealing to a wider range of readers while simultaneously not giving enough attention to any one of these genres to really refine the product.

I have a few issues with the book that I noticed somewhat detracted from my experience reading it. Many of the jokes in the book take the same specific form, and it gets
Mar 05, 2020 added it
I loved the premise, loved the beginning, loved the goth vibes. Loved the Chicago history. Loved the bi characters. Loved the tone, at least for the most part. I’m a big fan of dark comedy as a genre, and usually my big complaint with dark comedy books is that they don’t go far enough. That’s my big problem with this book. It’s like, it wants to be a super dark comedy, but it gets too wrapped up in worrying that it’ll get too dark to be funny and then it’s not really dark or funny at all. The pa ...more
ella  d’andreano
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
i’m not sitting here saying this is the best book ever but i’m standing by the fact that this is a fun, quirky story that’s really weird and relatable at the same time.

i love Megan as a protagonist. i see myself in a lot of her specifically her fear that other people will find her weird. she hangs on to the one person who accepts even though she actively realizes that it’s probably not a good idea. she’s also kinda morally gray (especially towards the end) and has very questionable character dev
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt
this is one of the best ghost books i've read in a while, and ghosts weren't even a big thing in it. it was more of the concept of ghosts. the idea of them? anyways it was great.

megan was a fantastic character - a bi 18 year old with an online girlfriend she's never seen and a love for writing weird disney/star wars cross over fanfiction that she posts from an anyonymous computer away from her house because she's so paranoid about it getting traced back to her. i loved it. the fact that she isn'
Tiger Oma
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it
JUST KILL ME is a book that will appeal to the Goth and death obsessed readers out there. The book’s main focus is death or to be more specific, murderer. The plot started getting very creepy about halfway through the book. It switched from funny murder joking to hardcore death obsession. Don’t let the cover trick you into thinking this is a “sweet” book about death. The twist in the book will be just what the young adult readers will enjoy.

This book would be a great pre-unit read for historic
♡ alekse ♡
Feb 07, 2021 rated it liked it
I rate it 3 stars.
P.S: This review does include some vague/minor spoilers, so read at your own risk.

There were some parts that dragged on a little bit too much for me, as well as some chapters in the beginning that felt a little too long. Also, the whole "weird fan fiction" thing to me seemed a bit forced and like a "I'm not like other girls!" quirk. The author never shows some excerpts of the fan fictions and only tells us it's some weird and freaky smut.

However, I did like the twists and the
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this as part of a grad school assignment where I had to pick a book from the GLBTG list. I'm not a big fan of "life lesson/moral" stories so I chose this one (I'm always a fan of ghost stories). This book was really good and entertaining. The writing is good and it held my interest. There's mystery in the book and humor. The relationship between Megan and Zoey is natural and doesn't seem overdone for entertainment or shock value.

The ending drove me nuts though! It is unresolved and while
Aug 10, 2017 rated it liked it
I initially liked the premise and the main character. A bi girl who grew up in a funeral home and has a girlfriend will forever bring Fun Home to mind. (Or Wednesday Addams, who I always loved). This is a story about some queer kids but it isn't ABOUT being queer. It's not a coming out story, and it's not a romance. It's a book where the weird kids get together and you can imagine yourself as a part of their circle. The Chicago history was interesting too. Early on I enjoyed the book as a fluffy ...more
Eric Svenningson
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very interesting plot. I enjoyed Selzer's way of telling the story and the characters that he creates. It's easy to get attached to them and still be on their side even if they're clearly doing something wrong or immoral. Another one of the few books I read in one sitting because once I started it I just wanted to keep reading. My only complaint is the ending. While I'm pretty sure I know what he was hinting at it's really left up to the reader to decide what happened. It felt as though the stor ...more
2.5 Stars ***

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Overall, I think this book is a huge hit and miss for me. It could be that I had hyped this book up way too much. At the end of the day, I didn't really enjoy this book. I struggled to get into the writing and the plot was slow and boring. Nothing happened until the last one hundred pages. I constantl
Ashley Beane
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up at the library based on the cover. It ended up being a quick, enjoyable read. As someone who actually did live in a funeral home for part of my life, I found parts of it to be outside the realm of what would actually happen, but it didn't bother me too much. I'm not sure I would recommend it to others, but I enjoyed reading it. ...more
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-cchs
Obviously, I'm not the intended audience for this book, but we got it into the library and the premise sounded good, so I dug in. This book was all over the place. While there were fun facts about the history of ghosts and murders in Chicago, and the author had obviously done a lot of research, it just fell flat for me. ...more
Nov 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq, ya
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Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I literally read this in two days. What a fun and yet informative read! I'd recommend this to anyone with a twisted sense of humor and an interest in the macabre or atrocious, awful, dreadful, frightful, ghastly, grisly. ...more
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
OMG this was such a wonderfully morbid book! I loved it! Keeping you on your feet and second guessing the whole time. A must read for anyone who has a dark sense of humor!
Warning : the ending is NOT an ending :(
Gino Alfonso
Jan 31, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a fun book. Dark. But fun. I loved a lot of the Goth references. I only gave it three stars because I felt the ending felt a bit rushed and a little forced. Like the author ran out of time to finish it or was just hurrying to get it done. But mostly a very enjoyable and spooky read!
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ooooh! This book was really fun and entertaining to read, though the first few chaps were boring the middle really got me! I liked the events and the conflicts, and for the very best I think the ending gave me spooks! I really liked this book.
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so creepy and awesome! I enjoyed reading it so much! But that ending, oh! I don't know what to make of it! ...more
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not great. A real 'build up..... then totally let ya down' novel. Ending not good either; too ambiguous for my liking. You might disagree. ...more
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Adam Selzer blocked Goodreads on his computer for years but now he's on here, so let him have it. His first book was HOW TO GET SUSPENDED AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE (now available in a "Now With More Swearing") edition, his next one is PLAY ME BACKWARDS (for satanic young adults), and his best known is probably I KISSED A ZOMBIE AND I LIKED IT, a Twilight satire that was not marketed as a satire.

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