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"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 and how I found out about it—you're definitely going to want to hear about that. But first, I have to tell you about the stupidest thing I ever did . . ." Sam Hopkins is bored with his status as a preacher's kid. So when a group of guys notorious for being in trouble offers him friendship, he accepts. Before long, he has several new skills—including hot-wiring cars. At school, there's an eccentric loner named Jennifer. When Sam defends her from being bullied, she begins to seek him out as her only friend. Her ramblings often seem illogical . . . but then start to contain grains of truth. One leads Sam to discover that one of his new friends has been killed. And then she tells him, "I'm looking for the devil." Sam doesn't know what that means, but he knows it's a matter of life and death that he figure it out. Everyone else thinks Jennifer is suffering from schizophrenia. But Sam is starting to wonder if there could be something prophetic in her words. Discovering the truth is going to be both crazy and dangerous.
This book was really good. Thomas Nelson has been coming out with some really good books these past few months for teens. This cover is interesting and the blurb + the awesome name really got me interested in this book. And I have to say this is a book I would have missed. But thank goodness I didn't because it was a good read.
I felt that the characters were well developed and that each one was so different yet not unrealistic.There are 5 parts in the book and each one starts off in Jennifer's POV. Which I really liked since we got to see the comparison between what she saw & thought to those of what the others saw & though about her. When we're in her head, you feel this anxiety, this need to get away from the whispers. I actually had to read this parts with my sister because she is sorta scary. Then you see what Sam though of her & you see another perspective. When we're in Sam's POV, you thought Jennifer was just plain crazy. Sam Hopkins is the other POV of this book and he is very defiant, strong, and very witty. He reminds me of Nick form Sherrilyn Kenyon's YA series. There is a lot of action & mystery in this book, which I loved. The book starts out with him laying on the ground, beat up & telling you that he's a dead man. Then Sam goes into detail as to how he ended up like that. He narrowly escapes death by running under a train, crazy, YES! I loved that he's like, "that was stupid but it wasn't the most stupidest thing I ever did." He also joins a group of thugs, whom later beat him up. The story moves smoothly, and I think was well crafted. I liked how he says he suffers from PK (preachers kid) syndrome. There were some parts where I was literally at the edge of my seat. There were other parts where I was a bit scared. Then other times i felt as if I was going crazy, as if someone was watching me. It was just an intense book that made you feel. Which for me makes a great book. I also liked the motto/mantra that I feel is a good piece of advice to follow, like Sam does throughout the book. Which is:
DO RIGHT, FEAR NOTHING.The ending. OH.MY.GOD!I did not see it coming. When I read it I was like, "wait, what??!". I completely caught me off guard. I mean, I would have expected it from Jennifer but not from the character, who's name shall not be named. WHY? Because you HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK!
Really GREAT! The chicken is going to Peck this one OUT!
About the Author:Award winning author, screenwriter and media commentator Andrew Klavan is the author of such internationally bestselling novels as True Crime, filmed by Clint Eastwood, and Don’t Say A Word, filmed starring Michael Douglas. Andrew has been nominated for the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award five times and has won twice. His books have been translated around the world. His latest novel for adults, The Identity Man, has been praised by Nelson Demille as “fast paced, intelligent and thought-provoking; a great read!” Television and radio host Glenn Beck says “Andrew Klavan never disappoints…one of the best illustrations of the power of redemption that I’ve ever read.” His last novel Empire of Lies was about media bias in the age of terror, and topped Amazon.com’s thriller list. Andrew has also published a series of thrillers for young adults, The Homelanders, which follows a patriotic teenager’s battle against jihadists. The books have been optioned to be made into movies by Summit Entertainment, the team behind the mega-successful Twilight film series.
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I just noticed that my copy has a dark haired girl with different clothes on than the one that is up on goodreads, which has the girl as a blond. lol, weird. =)