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White Smoke

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  11,600 ratings  ·  2,759 reviews
The Haunting of Hill House meets Get Out in this chilling YA psychological thriller and modern take on the classic haunted house story from New York Times bestselling author Tiffany D. Jackson!

Marigold is running from ghosts. The phantoms of her old life keep haunting her, but a move with her newly blended family from their small California beach town to the embattled Midw
Hardcover, 373 pages
Published September 14th 2021 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Chelsea Humphrey
"Change is good. Change is necessary. Change is needed."

The author chose violence when she decided to end that book without an epilogue. 😂 Just kidding, but holy abrupt and I-need-a-sequel ending. I'm so glad I was able to chat with a friend about all things White Smoke, and I highly recommend you find a support buddy to do the same.

I've come to think of Tiffany D. Jackson as a modern classic author; her books aren't stuffy literature, but her thematic content is timeless, necessary, and beyond
daph pink ♡
I have always been a massive fan of Tiffany Jackson's writing style. But this one here sadly didn't worked for me as I expected to be. Loved the cover and idea though but still there were several factors that bothered me.

- the pacing of the book was odd like it was really slow in the first half, it took time in building up and when all the thrill and drama started it ended on abrupt conclusions.

- I liked the sub-plot and sub-ideas about gentrification and how she inculcated them in the story but
**4.5-stars rounded up**

Dang, I loved this story!

Jackson is one of my favorite writers, but I wasn't sure if I would end up loving this one based on some of the reviews.

Yeah, that was silly as hell. Jackson slayed this. It actually includes one of my very favorite Horror tropes ((because it scares the f* out of me)).

Full review to come...stay tuned!!!


Just when I thought my preordering for 2021 was complete...

I am so PUMPED for this novel, you don't even know.

Tiffany D. Jackson, one of m
Jananie (thisstoryaintover)
holy shit that was hella creepy. the perfect haunted house spooky read to binge for halloween.
wish we got more resolution at the end but still loved it all 😱
Kezia Duah
Aug 03, 2022 rated it liked it
We get this blended family that is all trying to understand each other, and we have characters struggling. Mari’s own was very interesting with her fear of bedbugs and her unhealthy ways of coping. The house they move into is suspicious from the very first moment they move into telling us that Jackson is wasting no time! The reveals and everything weren’t super overwhelming but sounded about right. So maybe I wasn’t horrified as I would really like to be when I read a “horror” book, but in terms ...more
Really enjoyed this one! I’m a sucker for a good haunted house story and this definitely delivered. I loved all the creepy scenes in this house! 👀 Tiffany D. Jackson never misses!

Reading vlog with more thoughts:
Ms. Woc Reader
Sep 12, 2021 rated it it was ok
Marigold Anderson and her family have moved to Cedarville for a fresh start. Change is good. Change is necessary. Change is needed. Or at least that's the mantra she keeps repeating to herself. As part of an artist's residency she and her newly blended family will be living is a restored historic house. They're so happy they don't even care that the street is nearly abandoned and that they're not allowed to step foot in the basement. But suddenly Mari is seeing things and they're hearing rumors ...more
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
It honestly pains me to give this rating because Jackson's writing is SO good. I just did not connect with this book, and it is ALL on me.

This book's strengths are in its theming, as it is with all of Jackson's books. If you read Alyssa Cole's When No One is Watching, White Smoke has a similar feel. The horror of gentrification has a large spotlight shining on it, as well as the criminalization of marijuana possession to the point where entire communities of people are incarcerated. However for
Jess Owens
Oct 06, 2021 rated it liked it
I received an audio copy from Harper Audio in exchange for a review.

White Smoke is pitched as Get Out meets The Haunting of Hill House. Now I haven’t read The Haunting of Hill House but I watched the adaptation and I’ve heard they’re pretty different. I did watch Get Out and loved it (also loved Hill House). So needless to say, I was pumped. I read Monday’s Not Coming by Jackson and it was amazing and heart wrenching, so I thought this would be a hit for me. Sadly, it did not hit.

The story def
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4 stars!

I thought this book was utterly fantastic! I’ve seen so many 3 star reviews I was worried I wouldn’t like this one, but it exceeded my expectations!

White Smoke is about teenager Marigold who moves from California to the Midwest with her mother, brother, stepfather and stepsister. As a part of an agreement with a foundation, they get to move into a newly restored home for free as long as a family member contributes to the town in an artistic way. But while their home is fixed, their ent
I've come to expect Tiffanty D. Jackson to deliver certain things in her books impeccably - social and cultural context, fully fleshed out characters, gripping narratives. And she definitely didn't disappoint on these fronts. White Smoke's narrator Mari is a girl who I will remember, with her phobias (HUGE TRIGGER WARNING FOR BED BUGS PHOBIA!), addictions and penchant for making wrong decisions. I liked the portrayal of the dynamics within a blended multi-racial family. The subplot about gentrif ...more
Zoe Stewart (Zoe's All Booked)
Oct 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: default
I'm thinking 4 stars, but likely would've been 5 had the ending not been so abrupt. I was absolutely terrified and freaked out for several hours last night 😂 full review/live reactions coming on my channel on Monday! ...more
Booktastically Amazing
(y'all, there's a literal site for I'vebeentraumatizedbyTiffanyD.Jackson. It's like a therapy circle and I'm so in)

I have done it again.
Done something so stupid, thoughtless, moronic and foolish, that I'm left breathless whilst staring at my imbecilic self.

I have read another Tiffany D. Jackson book.

Rating: 👻👻👻👻👻 4.8
(I'll tell a couple of truths and maybe a lot of lies. But are they actually truths? Or are all of them simply lies?)

And well, this one? Okay, I'll admit it. This was amazing.
Beary Into Books
Nov 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Rating 4.5

WOW! I listened to the audiobook version of “White Smoke” and the narrator did such a fantastic job! She really nailed the main character, setting, and creepy vibes. I tried to listen to this as much as I could at night or on my drive to work (it was dark before time changed) and it actually made me jump a few times! Haha, I love when a book can have you looking over your shoulder. There is one scene in the book that I still think about but don’t want to ruin it for others. All I can
Star Rating: —> 4.5 Stars

HO-LY SH*T! This was EXACTLY what i've been looking for! The perfect haunted house story with its own twists, turns, & vibe, as well... this is definitely ANYTHING BUT a carbon copy like most haunted house based horror i've come across lately.

I am seriously impressed, and when it comes to horror because that is seriously hard to do !

I also really, really appreciated the mental health rep—anxiety, OCD, panic, and all the paranoia that can come with that, rep! It
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
After some stuff and things went down in her old town, Mari(gold) and her blended family of Mom, brother, Stepdad and stepsister are relocating to Cedarville thanks to her mom winning an award from the Sterling Foundation that will pay all of the family's housing costs for three years. Aside from the fact that the area is most definitely considered wrong side of the tracks with vacant and dilapidated houses up and down the block aside from their fresh remodel, it seems like a pretty sweet gig. T ...more
h o l l i s
Throughout this read, I was definitely in the 'like' camp more than the 'love' and had it been the opposite I would've been far more disappointed by the ending than I was. But it was still a huge, abrupt, bummer.

This story is half horror and half psychological anxiety fuelled discomfort. It also has a less than fun new blended family dynamic which was grating in a whole different way, too. While I enjoyed this when it was a horror, I was equally horrified by the circumstances that had plagued th
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
Terrifying and so engrossing; truly a haunted house story meets Get Out. I had to read this during the day because listening to this at night made me scared of my own house.

- Follows Marigold, a Black teen, who alongside her blended family move to a new town for a fresh start. However, Mari soon discovers that their new home holds history and secrets - and that it may be haunted with something darker.
- I was glued to this book, even though it scared the crap out of me. It's thoroughly eerie, unn
Oct 29, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“change is not always necessary, but the right change is most definitely needed”

Rating: 3.5 stars
Cover: 🌟🌟🌟
Writing: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Storyline: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Main character(s): 🌟🌟🌟.5
Secondary characters: 🌟🌟🌟
Romance: 🌟🌟

RTC @Bookerification
Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
This was my first read by Tiffany D. Jackson and I'm happy to report that it won't be the last.

Horror and psychological thrillers are two genres that I hardly pick up but I was seeing White Smoke literally everywhere and decided it was a sign. You know those books where you read the first chapter or so and you're instantly hooked? This was one of those books for me. And let me just say, I was creeped out from the very beginning. Nothing to make sleeping a little uncomfortable like reading this b
Misha (Heartsfullofreads)
Sep 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
I want to begin by saying Tiffany D. Jackson absolutely wrote a book that gave me the chills!

This fast-paced story (that I do not think should be compared to Get Out) was terrifying! The bumps in the night started almost immediately. Marigold's fear of bed bugs will seriously have you checking your couch and bed crevices.

This was an excellent haunted house story. The abrupt ending slightly dissapointed me. Overall, I enjoyed it and read the entire book in one day!
While primarily a horror novel about a haunted house in a rundown small town neighbourhood, White Smoke also deals with inner demons and familial horrors to mixed results. There are some great ideas here -Tiffany Jackson has some important things to say about gentrification and the demonization of marginalized populations by the gentrifiers who claim to be bettering a community- but everything built around these big ideas is a bit of a haphazard mess. There are too many disparate threads that fa ...more
Feb 04, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: physical-owned
This is a case of love the writing/character development but less impressed with the plot execution. There are things I like, things I don't, but overall, the best moments for me were when we had true scares happening ...more
erin ♡
Mar 25, 2021 marked it as to-read
Me: *sees the blurb* who else feels like they aint gonna survive this story?
Sep 22, 2021 rated it liked it
I wasn’t a fan I’m sorryyyyyy 😭😭 im giving it a 2.5 rounded to a 3 😖 So many things left unresolved. Basically this book was not paranormal whatsoever. It focused all on marigolds family conflict, along with racial devision in the neighborhood and household.Ir rubbed me the wrong way with talk about addiction like the author didn’t want to really go into it too much to where actions of the MC were left looking irrational without any factual information about the topic. I’m just a disappointed I ...more
Roxie Voorhees
Sep 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Do NOT sleep on this book because it is YA.

Highly recommend listening to the audio in a pitch black room.
Toya (the reading chemist)
I'm honestly really torn on this one. Even though this story is compared to Get Out, it is the YA version of When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole. That's not a bad thing because I thoroughly enjoyed that book.

What Jackson does well in this story is creating a spine-tingling and chilling atmosphere through her depictions of this haunted house that Marigold 'Mari' and her family have moved into.

What really did not work for me was the portrayal of Mari being an addict. It is evident from the be
Sep 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
OH MY GOD! I’ve never been truly frightened in a long time. I want more horror from Tiffany D. Jackson ASAP! And maybe we will get it, because the ending was kind of open? And I want a sequel? (Please!)

I love the blended family aspect, the racism, gentrification, capitalism, drug use, everything was covered in this book.

You know Tiffany is my favourite author, so I don’t even need to tell you to read this. Add to your spooky TBR immediately!
Cat Reads Books
Nov 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
White Smoke by Tiffany Jackson is a solid, entertaining YA horror that I enjoyed from start to finish. It has a great cast of characters, plenty of creepiness, a genuinely surprising twist, and no gore; so pretty much everything I want in a haunted house story.

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through a Goodreads giveaway and have been asked to provide an honest review.

The Plot
Teenager Marigold's parents are divorced and she and her younger brother Sammy are forced to move acro
So I went back and forth on the rating on this one a few times. I thought that parts of the book just didn't hang together very well. And the ending was so abrupt. It just didn't work for me. I think this was a great homage to "Wait Til Helen Comes" though. I am not seeing the whole "Hill House" narrative some people said. The house in the story is not insane. Also quit comparing every black horror novel to "Get Out". Once again, this book is not remotely similar to that movie at all. I would al ...more
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Tiffany D. Jackson is the New York Times Bestselling author of YA novels including the Coretta Scott King — John Steptoe New Talent Award-winning Monday’s Not Coming, the NAACP Image Award-nominated Allegedly, Let Me Hear A Rhyme, and her 2020 title GROWN. She received her bachelor of arts in film from Howard University, her master of arts in media studies from the New School, and has over a decad ...more

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