I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Just Kill Me by Adam Selzer
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on 8/30/2016
Genres: Ghost Story, Horror & Ghost Stories, LGBT, YA
From the author of Play Me Backwards and I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked It comes a dark comedy about one teen’s unusual summer job as a ghost tour guide in Chicago.
Megan Henske isn’t one to heed warnings…
When the last letters in her alphabet cereal are D, I, and E, she doesn’t crawl right back into bed. When her online girlfriend won’t text a photo, she just sends more of herself.
And when she realizes that Cynthia, her boss at a Chicago ghost tour company, isn’t joking about making stops more haunted by killing people there, she doesn’t quit her job—she may even help.
But who is responsible for the deaths of prominent figures in the murdermonger industry? Could it be the head of the rival tour company? Or could it be someone near and dear to Megan?
Soon after she learns that she has an uncanny resemblance to a flapper who disappeared in 1922, Megan receives a warning she can’t ignore: the next ghost on the tour might be her…
Megan is a black diaper baby, having grown up in a funeral home. When her ex-babysitter offers her a job giving ghost tours in downtown Chicago, it seems the perfect morbid job for her. But between suspecting that people are being murdered to provide actual ghosts for the tours and having a online mysterious girlfriend, Megan finds herself in a real life version of the Disney Villain fanfic she likes to write- but who’s the villain?
There’s lots of thrills and chills, and I loved the ghost tour aspect of the book. The pacing is a bit uneven at times, and there’s a lot going on. But the ending was more than enough to make up for the parts that didn’t work for me. It’s a great read for a dark and stormy night!
Also, thanks to the author and Megan’s obsession (and now mine) with the Old English Dictionary, I can finally call myself a murdermonger. Also, I may have to try to get a job with the Richmond Ghost Tour people…
Megan- grew up in a funeral home, a little at lose ends now that she’s graduated, is into all things morbid and dark.
Cyn- she was the only babysitter of Megan’s who seemed to really enjoy working in a funeral home. Now she runs a ghost tour company and works in an nursing home. I saw a lot of myself in Cyn.
Ricky- Cyn’s roommate/sometimes boyfriend. He’s the current ghost tour story teller- he’s all about breaking into acting and being authentic.
Zoey- Megan’s mysterious online girlfriend. Megan and she have a great relationship, but Zoey refuses to send a picture of herself…
Then there’s the Other Ghost Tour company people, their main competition, Megan’s mom, several adorable old people, a mysterious red head who may or may not be a ghost, a tv producer interested in possibly making a reality show out of the ghost tour, lots of notorious Chicago ghosts, cool ghost tour passengers, drunken ghost tour passengers, and one or two others.
The ending was by far my favorite part of the book, just because it’s the kind of ending I love in a scary story. But I also enjoyed some of the more interesting OED words that Megan would look up – murdermonger being my new favorite.
Stop the Clock:
While I think this book could have used a bit more editing (there’s a lot going on, and the plot drags at times), it was still a good book and the perfect read to kick off my R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril challenge that runs from Sept thru October. It definitely made me want to go on a ghost tour!
Just Kill Me gets a Midnight Book rating of:
This book counts toward my challenge