Gina Damico’s novel “Croak” takes on the classic coming of age story using this era’s supernatural persona, more specifically, The Grim Reaper.
Lexington Bartleby, a 16 year-old girl is sent to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer to work on his farm, because of her aggressive behavior. However, Mort reveals himself to be one of many Grim Reapers in the small town Croak. Grim Reapers are the dark figures who collect the dead souls of people. Lexington becomes a ‘Junior Grim’ and gains popularity among her colleagues, something she lacked at her home. As summer continues, Lexington becomes more and more interested in reaping until somebody begins to take souls of people who are not meant to die.
Throughout the story, Lexington grows as a character. She begins to understand destiny, friendship, and love. Her friends help her find a sense of belonging in this haywire world and a path to travel on. While reading this, the readers begin to understand Lexington’s history and why she acts the way she does.
The book has a plot that keeps readers interested and amused, creating scenes that utilize irony and comedy. Damico’s plot is smooth, while throwing in twists that will surprise the audience. The combination of plot and characters make it hard for the reader to put the book down.
In some ways, “Croak” reminds me of the Cartoon Network show “The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy” because of the dark characters and morbid humor and funny content. So, if you’re a fan of the show or just have a twisted sense of humor, I recommend you read “Croak”.