Author: Gina Damico
Release Date: 3/2012
From The Back: In this first installment in a morbidly hilarious new series, we meet sixteen-year-old Lex Bartleby, who has recently gone delinquent. Fed up with her punkish, wild behaviour, her parents ship her off to Croak, in 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 teacher her the family business.
My Review: Let me just get this out first. FINALLY a YA where both parents are fully functional and family life isn't completely horrible for the main character--even if they do occasionally tie her down to a chair. That aside, I'm pretty well known for having a strange fascination with Grim Reapers and death, and thus, that attracted me to this book. Man, it does not disappoint. Lex is a smart ass with a quick tongue and a hand for violence. The dialogue is fun to read and more natural than I've read in a while. Croak had me snickering into my pillow, and full out laughing. It had me crying and it had me crying I was laughing so hard--yes those count as two different things. 2012 has a bright future of books this year. Absolutely love Croak.