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The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  19 reviews
It's 1992 in Bleak Creek, North Carolina, a sleepy little place with all the trappings of an ordinary Southern town: two Baptist churches, friendly smiles coupled with silent judgments, and a seemingly unquenchable appetite for pork products. Beneath the town’s cheerful façade, however, Bleak Creek teens live in constant fear of being sent to The Whitewood School, a local ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Expected publication: October 29th 2019 by Crown
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Miranda Reads
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing

"I'm not used to people thinking I'm a bad kid. It's kind of exhilarating."
"...I feel like I'm being judged. And punished with tomatoes."
Rex McClendon and Leif Nelson are best friends (along with Alicia Boykins) in their small town of Bleak Creek.

The three of them literally do everything together and their latest project - PolterDog - is sure to be a hit at the local film festival.

However, while filming a vital scene, a series of unfortunate events (involving (but not limited to) a bacon belt, a crazed Tucker, an organ fundraiser, two baptist preascene,
May 22, 2019 marked it as arcs-to-read
Recommended to Tucker by: Miranda Reads

Many thanks to Crown for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

I am temporarily dnf-ing this. I'm just not feeling it right now. And rather than forcing myself to read it and thus not enjoying it, I'm gonna wait a bit.

celebrities + trying to write a book = disaster


1/10 celebrity books are good.


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Feb 22, 2019 marked it as 2019-wishlist
Am I only adding this book to my TBR because I’ve loved Rhett and Link’s online content for years? Yes. Yes, I am.

Edit: Okay. So I did a little more digging (as in, I actually read the Goodreads synopsis for this). And honestly? The main characters’ names are Rex McClendon and Leif Nelson. If I’d been drinking milk when I read that I’d have shot it out of my nose.

This book is going to be a freaking masterpiece.
Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it
I wanted to love this one a lot, but I merely liked it. GMM is great, however I felt that the authorial insertion actually detracted from what at it's core is an interesting "kids on bikes (and scooter)" story. Hardcore, GMM fans will likely enjoy it
I can’t wait for this! Rett and Like are amazing and this book sounds so cool!
♠️ Tabi ♠️
May 02, 2019 marked it as to-read
I mean I'm not a super fan of these two, but I know their stuff and I've loved what little I've seen . . . so yeah, I'll bite at this
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as an advance copy to my local library, and as a fan of Rhett and Link who currently has it pre-ordered, I jumped on the chance to read it early.

Overall - very, very pleasantly surprised. I'm not going to say I was ready to choke down whatever the novel ended up being, but as a writer myself, I feel like you need to have written before or read voraciously in order to write something others will enjoy reading. Apparently I underestimated how much the boys read, because this
Feb 18, 2019 marked it as to-read
Kim McGee
Sep 14, 2019 rated it liked it
A small town with small minds and an out of control leader who also operates a reform school for kids is a recipe for disaster. The kids of Bleak Creek are pretty normal and act out less than most teens in other parts of the country but this doesn't stop them from being committed to a strange reform school that some students never return from or others come back acting like zombies. it takes a trio of amateur filmmakers and a couple of former inmates at the school to find out the truth and hopef ...more
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rhett & Link, you may know them as youtubers and you may not know them at all! Either way, it doesn't matter, because The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek is a show stopping mystery thriller full of their perfect brand of humor and plenty of twists and turns. I had a blast reading this book, and I did not put it down from the first page to the last, missing dinner in the process. It's funny, it's creepy, it's heart warming, and above all, it's a message to everyone, North Carolina is more than it ...more
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked the story a lot. Very tense, and all builds to a good conclusion. I had a difficult time with the fact they they named their main characters Rex and Leif and gave them, essentially, the personalities of Rhett and Link. That part was weird and disorienting.
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was so fun to read. I loved all the random 90's references. It was weird, scary, creepy, exciting, and funny. I couldn't help but laugh out loud at some parts at the end.
kenzie ⎊
May 02, 2019 marked it as to-read
oops mixed feelings about this cover but i read the excerpt and wow i’m so ready
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: coverly-love, hey-ya
I went into this book with some trepidation - I love Rhett and Link and watch their show every day, but I wasn't sure how their humor + writing style was going to translate into a YA mystery/horror novel. But find a crayola crayon named "impressed" and color me with it, because I thought this was legit great!

Their humor is evident throughout (one of my favorite running gags was the "scooter leg" bit) and I was pleased that there were other POVs besides "Rex and Leif" in the narrative (Alicia is
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Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
As a huge R&L fan, I was ecstatic to receive an advance copy of this book. The story of Rex, Leif, and Alicia had me staying up late with "one more chapter." I love the easy use of humor in the writing, and I had a huge wave of nostalgia with the reference to the Hardee's California raisins as my late grandmother had every one lined up on her fireplace mantel. That definitely caused a teary smile.

What keeps me from giving a 5 star rating is the supernatural turn in the story. While it held
Kristen Beverly
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had so much fun reading this book. If you’re looking for a serious book, keep right on looking. If you just want to have fun, stop right here! It’s also well written and an intriguing story!
Elise Musicant
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
A quick but entertaining read, this book kept me on the edge of my seat and I stayed up reading it on a Friday night just to get to the end.

The ending did leave some things unresolved. However, it was fun and light-hearted while also being a supernatural thriller.
Linda Bond
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Things are not what they seem in Bleak Creek. Sure, given discipline by being sent to The Whitewood School to be re-socialized may not seem like that big a deal, but teens are terrified of having that happen to them, and for good reason. Some teens who are sent there don’t come back. Of course, they just experience accidents… or do they? When Leif and his friend Rex decide to shoot a video with the help of their friend Alicia, something goes wrong and she ends up being sent to Whitewood. What ha ...more
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Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal, raised in North Carolina and best friends since the first grade, are a comedy duo known for creating the Internet’s most-watched daily talk show, Good Mythical Morning; their award-winning weekly podcast Ear Biscuits; and the instant #1 New York Times bestseller Rhett & Link’s Book of Mythicality. They share an office at Mythical Entertainment, the company they ...more