The Taking of Jake Livingston

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Pub Date 12 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 26 Nov 2021

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A New York Times bestseller

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

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, 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. High school has become a different kind of survival game – one Jake is not sure he can win.

A New York Times bestseller

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

Sixteen-year-old Jake Livingston sees dead people everywhere. But he can’t decide...


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I really enjoyed reading this book. It kept me gripped from very early on. I would definitely put it in the horror genre as the the story gets very dark. It tackles racism and being closeted extremely well. I learned from it without it feeling like a lecture. I shall definitely keep reading this author.

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I was so excited to read this book and it did not disappoint!
The book follows Jake and Sawyer from their own points of view. Jake is a medium and can see ghosts, specifically death loops of people who have died. He tries his best to ignore the death loops but sometimes he cannot help watching, which people mistake for him zoning out. Jake and his brother are also the only black kids in his school so it makes him stand out even more, when he just wants to fit in.
Sawyer is not your average kid in school….he tries to kill himself and ends up having bad thoughts about people in his school. When he takes these thoughts to another level he ends up shooting kids in his school and ends up committing suicide.
When Jake’s next door neighbour is killed in his house by an unknown suspect, Jake, with the help of his medium skills, finds out it was another ghost that killed him and tries not to get involved, but when the ghost comes knocking at his door he cannot ignore it!

The book kept me reading long into the night! It wasn’t scary, just suspenseful and I loved Jake and his awkwardness, it made him much more real!

I would recommend the book to teens but make sure to read the content warnings as the book may cause some distress.

Thank you to the publisher, author and NetGalley for the arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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