“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.“
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.
“But first, I have to tell you about the stupidest thing I ever did………….”
Sam is your typical high school kid. He is quite popular, and has lots of friends. Ok, not really. He’s not typical and he doesn’t have a lot of friends. He totally blames his dad for that. Sam, is, however, a PK. Preacher’s Kid. Yeah. Isn’t that grand?
Sam just wants to fit in, but because of his PK status, other kids clam up around him and get all prim and weird. Sam just wants to be normal…………
This book had me laughing out loud from page 1, which. Later on, I had to change books because I was reading in bed and didn’t want nightmares. I absolutely LOVED this book.
It starts with, “You see that dead guy by the side of the road? Yeah, the one lying in a pool of his blood with his face all messed up and his clothes all torn and dirty. That’s me.” The end of the first chapter ends with the bit about the stupidest thing he ever did. Seeing as I thought this book was about Jennifer’s demons, I was a little confused, but it didn’t matter because I was laughing.
The next chapter completely switches gears and goes to Jennifer’s perspective. And it’s creepy. And strange. Strange and creepy. Love it!
If you know anything about psychology and/or mental illness, you might be reading the book while another part of your brain is working on puzzle. Near the end, I came up with a hypothesis of what was going on, but it was really only because Sam started down a line of thinking that led me to it.
There was one part of the book where I was actually saying, “Go Dad!” because it was that good. Normally, I don’t like the parents in books, but this one had me cheering Sam’s dad. (What a great example, on this Father’s Day )
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. Honestly, I’d give it more if I could. Get this book. You’ll love it. I’m definitely keeping my eye out for more of this author’s titles.
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