Author: Gina Damico
Pages: 311
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: Paperback (ARC)
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads)Sixteen-year-old Lex Bartleby has sucker-punched her last classmate. Fed up with her punkish, wild behavior, her parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape. But Uncle Mort’s true occupation is much dirtier than that of shoveling manure.

He’s a Grim Reaper. And he’s going to teach her the family business.

Lex quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated entirely by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next. Along with her infuriating yet intriguing partner Driggs and a rockstar crew of fellow Grim apprentices, Lex is soon zapping her Targets like a natural born Killer.

Yet her innate ability morphs into an unchecked desire for justice—or is it vengeance?—whenever she’s forced to Kill a murder victim, craving to stop the attackers before they can strike again. So when people start to die—that is, people who aren’t supposed to be dying, people who have committed grievous crimes against the innocent—Lex’s curiosity is piqued. Her obsession grows as the bodies pile up, and a troubling question begins to swirl through her mind: if she succeeds in tracking down the murderer, will she stop the carnage—or will she ditch Croak and join in?
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

My Summary: Lex has always been a good kid - until a few years ago when she started changing. Lex went from straight-A student to punk practically overnight, sucker-punching everyone who gets within a five foot radius. After her principal threatens to expel her a week before the last week of school, Lex's parents decide to send her to stay with her Uncle Mort on the farm for the summer.

But life on 'the farm' is not as simple as it seems. Uncle Mort's been hiding a huge secret - he's a Grim, someone who collects the souls of the dead.

 And he wants Lex to be a part of the family business.

My Thoughts: This novel was exactly what I needed in the midst of this reading slump I've been in. I was a little reluctant to pick it up because I'd never read anything about Grim Reapers, but I am so glad I did.

Damico's writing style is awesome and worked really well with the story she was trying to tell. Lex was a great character, and I found myself identifying with her almost immediately. And seriously guys, this book was hilarious. I laughed out loud at so many points that I had to stop reading it in public (there's nothing like a frazzled-looking teenaged girl laughing at nothing on the bus to freak people out).   Lex's sarcasm and thought process were really funny, and the dialogue between Lex and Driggs (and just about everyone else) was so realistic that I could picture my friends saying the same things. Croak was one of those books that - when I realized there were only a few pages left - I started reading slower to savour the rest.

Final Thoughts: If you're looking for something witty, funny, and original, I definitely recommend you check out Croak as soon as possible.  


  1. I've had my eye on this one since I first spotted the cover and your review just pushed it over to "must-read" status. It sounds great!

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  2. I've never seen this one before, but it looks interesting! I love the idea of "taking over the family business" as a grim reaper. I loved your review too! I'll have to put it on my TBR list!

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