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246 pages, Hardcover
First published July 13, 2021
It takes self-esteem. It takes knowing that your reality is not up for debate. And last but not least, it takes assertiveness.Meet Jake Livingston, his life isn't easy. I can't figure out what I hate more: seeing the dead or being the one Black eleventh grader at St. Clair Prep. Not only does he have to deal with ghouls and ghosts reliving their deaths or loitering about, he is also gay and closeted which also serves as a bit of a nightmare for him.
The sun is out, the leaves sweeping the concrete in dramatic typhoons. Something about the chaos is romantic--maybe because it threatens to blow us away.But of course, as with all good things, there has to be something that makes you fight for it. Sawyer Doon, a school shooter who killed himself after his massacre is hellbent on revenge. And he wants Jake's power to do it. He exhausted Jake,
I wish I could have my peace back. That I could sit down at a table and enjoy a sweet treat without worrying that every good thing is only temporary. Without feeling like a murderer is breathing down my neck.Sawyer didn't reveal his plans immediately. He taunted Jake, punished him, used his fears against him. Jake felt powerless for so long, until his mentor and his ancestors reminded him otherwise.
"There’s something molding in my gut. Death wants something to do with this place, and it’s dazing. Ghosts, ghouls, and ecto-mist were never meant to be so important, but suddenly they’ve decided to weave their way into my immediate surroundings, too close for comfort."
"I have to breathe. To be alone and process this. I’m being followed by a menace. He knows where I live and where I go to school.
He is a school shooter.
And I may, for whatever reason, be his next victim."