"You probably want to hear about Jennifer and the demons and how I played chicken with a freight train and-oh yeah-the weird murder . . . you're definitely going to want to hear about that."I asked Connor if he wanted to review it, and his response was, "Yes. Definitely."
Sam Hopkins is a good kid who has fallen in with a bad crowd. Hanging around with car thieves and thugs, Sam knows it's only a matter of time before he makes one bad decision too many and gets into real trouble.
But one day, Sam sees them harassing an eccentric schoolmate of his named Jennifer. When Sam finds the courage to face the bullies down, he loses a bad set of friends and acquires a very strange new one.
Because Jennifer is not just eccentric. To Sam, she seems downright crazy. She has terrifying hallucinations involving demons and the devil and death. And here's the really crazy part: Sam is beginning to suspect that these visions may actually be prophecies--prophecies of something terrible that's going to happen very soon. Unless he can stop it.
With no one to believe him, with no one to help him, Sam is now all alone in a race against time. Finding the truth before disaster strikes is going to be both crazy and very, very dangerous.
I ended up giving it to him on his birthday. Two days later, he had finished it. "You have to read this, Mom!"
Connor's take: I would definitely recommend this book to other teens. Mr. Klavan really drew me in, and kept me guessing. I love when I read a mystery and am actually surprised by the ending. One great thing about the writing was that it was written in retrospect... Sam was telling the story as though he was telling you about it after it had happened. The great part was that it kept that "looking back" feel throughout. Some other books I've read seem to jump back and forth from past to present tense.
This is a great book.
My take: I read this a couple weeks later. I was immediately struck by Klavan's ability to sound like a teen boy in telling this story. It really sounded like a teen boy narrating (well, part of it is told from Jennifer's point of view, but the majority is from Sam).
For me, the ending wasn't quite as surprising, but mostly that was because of some things Connor had said about the book.
While this is Young Adult fiction, it drew me in as well. I definitely enjoyed this book.
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