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The Taking of Jake Livingston

By Ryan Douglass
The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass digital book - Fable

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An Instant New York Times Bestseller!

Get Out meets Holly Jackson in this YA social thriller where survival is not a guarantee.

Sixteen-year-old Jake Livingston sees dead people everywhere. But he can't decide what's worse: being a medium forced to watch the dead play out their last moments on a loop or being at the mercy of racist teachers as one of the few Black students at St. Clair Prep. Both are a living nightmare he wishes he could wake up from. But things at St. Clair start looking up with the arrival of another Black student—the handsome Allister—and for the first time, romance is on the horizon for Jake.
 
Unfortunately, life as a medium is getting worse. Though most ghosts are harmless and Jake is always happy to help them move on to the next place, Sawyer Doon wants much more from Jake. In life, Sawyer was a troubled teen who shot and killed six kids at a local high school before taking his own life. Now he's a powerful, vengeful ghost and he has plans for Jake. Suddenly, everything Jake knows about dead world goes out the window as Sawyer begins to haunt him. High school soon becomes a different kind of survival game—one Jake is not sure he can win.

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571 Reviews

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“I gave this a 2 stars, it was too dark for me. Very depressing and very much a story with characters that were struggling throughput the entire book and needed to overcome issues. I felt the book was too down for me but if you like this type of topics then it would be a good book for you.”
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Slightly Smiling Face“This was my first read of pride month! Very original story. It was a little easy to get lost at first with bouncing back and forth from the main two characters but honestly it’s what made it so unique. Looking forward to reading more from this author in the future!”
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Thumbs Up“I had a lot of fun reading this. Would love to give this 4 stars but I genuinely could not understand the fight/fight-ish sequences for the life of me. Can't say anything terribly bad, just left me rereading several pages like "...what?"”
Multi-layered charactersEasy to readFast-pacedDarkHomophobiaRacismSexual assault
“I really enjoyed this story!! The book jumping between the perspective of the protagonist and antagonist was very interesting and thought-provoking. I really enjoyed the horror aspects of this book, and loved the exploration of the afterlife and its connection to the living world. The action scenes were thrilling and unique, and this book kept me on my toes for so much of it. It did, however, feel a little rushed and not fully fleshed-out towards the later bits of the story, but overall it was very fun read!”
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About Ryan Douglass

Ryan Douglass is a queer horror author and freelance writer from Atlanta, Georgia. His work on media representation has appeared in HuffPost, Atlanta Black Star, LGBTQ Nation, and the National Council of Teachers of English, among others. He received his BA in theater studies from Hofstra University and is currently a nomad floating across the United States. The Taking of Jake Livingston is his first novel.
 
 

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