Description: In his own words, 15 year old Jake is a “huge pussy.” He flinches. Always. He’s too timid to make a move on Beth, the buxom girl of his dreams, and too busy getting face-slammed into lockers by bullies to do much else. He seeks the guidance of the biggest badass he knows, his cousin Nick.
Nick is a professional burglar and makes Jake his apprentice. They stalk suburban neighborhoods night after night, ransacking houses for jewelry and sweet valuables. Nick teaches Jake the finer points of breaking and entering along with his dark philosophy – that there is no right or wrong in the world, just a series of events that happen without meaning.
At first, adopting Nick’s callous worldview helps Jake get over his fears and confront his tormentors, but he also unleashes an aggression in himself he never thought possible. And as he learns more about his cousin, he realizes that Nick’s crimes go way beyond burglary.
In the end, Jake must face not only the monster in his cousin but also the one in his own heart.
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Cover: Not the nicest one to look at but it is okay.
Review: At first I thought ‘meh’. I have never enjoyed (more like was always annoyed at) journal-style-written books. Or those who told the whole story via letters.
But this one got a hold of me and I soon didn’t even notice the journal-writing anymore. This may have to do with Jake’s voice. I really liked how he comments on various things like boys looking up girls’ skirts and the like.
But aside from that his development was portrayed realistically and the ending satisfied me. Casting shadows everywhere is a book I would have loved to read for school but it is suited for older people, too.
I’d like to mention triggers though. Of course violence as it is said in the description. The one I didn’t expected was eating disorders so please prepare yourself for that. It is no big part of the story but better safe than sorry right?
I got my e-copy for free from here.
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