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Lost Causes of Bleak Creek: A Novel Audio CD – Audiobook, July 7, 2020
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About the Author
Rhett McLaughlin is a writer and producer, known for Good Mythical Morning (2012), Breaking Bad: The Middle School Musical (2013) and The Mythical Show (2013).
Charles Lincoln "Link" Neal III is the bespectacled half of the internet-famous duo, Rhett & Link. Link is known to be awkwardly funny, a master of organization, the President of the Republic of Cheesistan, and prone to retching and gagging when introduced to strange or unfamiliar food.
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Will it book? HELL YES!
Nothing happens until around the halfway point wherein the story just becomes silly. Dead kids who aren't dead but are being kept sort-of alive in a spooky pond? Hello? I was kinda hoping that the dog who was mentioned near the start would suddenly jump in and help round up the baddies - at least I could be convinced that this was in some way a parody novel but... jeez.... this was just juvenile schlock.
In the beginning, I was hesitant because I was unsure of the age level of this book. I’m not the biggest fan of young teen fictions, and I had a feeling that this book might be teetering on that line. I’m happy to say this was not the case- once I got about 1/3 of the way into the book, I couldn’t put it down. Page after page, it kept getting better. There were twists when you least expected it, which is always a nice surprise.
Overall, this book was a nice, light read.
Love the inside jokes. Mythical Beasts will understand the reference to Leif's coke shirt. As well as nut-ball, but it won't detract from readers that aren't in the know.
It doesn't show at all how Rex and Leif are based on R & L, even when Leif fumbled over his words speaking to Martha about the reason behind his wearing the clip-on tie, or in the frustration Rex feels over Leif's food pickiness. They are so very different characters, like night and day. 😉
All of the 90's pop-culture references are just so much nostalgia. Like Rex's Jams, and Leif's hyper-color shirt.
The typos being added to the script was brilliant and it added to the realism of the story.
I truly enjoyed the book. I laughed, cried, and felt a deep anger towards some of the residents of Bleak Creek. I felt, even the "over the top" characters were relatable in some ways, including Whitewood's followers. The charisma that some people have, can enthrall people with weaker personalities to follow and do things they may never have thought themselves capable of doing.
I liked that they gave Ben a character, I'm sure he'd be honored to be immortalized in such a way. I adored GamGam's crazy grandma energy. I was so thrilled when Donna came around. Janine seems like a great person who I could see hanging out with. Alicia is a bit like me, most of my close childhood chums were guys, I'm glad she's not really gone. It is sad about Ben, Josefina and the other kids.
The idea that a parent would have sent their children to the reform school for such minor reasons was upsetting. Then when Leif's Mom sent him, I knew there had to be something much more sinister going on. Using the water in that way was genius, it wasn't just taking the children, but was in a way taking control of the adults. Making them complacent.
Those adults got away with the things they did. They will be subject to no justice. That is the only thing that I didn't like, hopefully it will leave an opening for a sequel?
From the prologue alone, I knew this book was going to be far better than I could have expected. Remember, I'm not big on reading. But when I began chapter one, there was no stopping me. I read for hours on end and the only reason I did eventually stop was because I made it late into the night and had to sleep. The next morning, however, I dove right back into the book nose first. I didn't stop until I finished it.
I don't want to spoil anything at all because everyone deserves to feel what I felt for themselves. From chapter one to the very end of the book, each chapter kept getting better than the previous one. That's about as much as I can give you. The best words I could use to describe the book are thrilling, intriguing, and intense, with splashes of hilarious. You won't regret reading this novel.
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There aren’t enough words in the English language to describe how amazing this book is and I cannot recommend it enough for anyone. I am in awe.
The story itself? Brilliant. My wife is a massive GMM fan, and this gift was for her. I like the show too, but I'm not a huge fan like she is.
I gave the book a go anyway and it's fantastic, it's just a good story through and through.