The Taking of Jake Livingston

The Taking of Jake Livingston

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A New York Times bestseller

Get Out meets Holly Jackson in this YA social thriller where survival is not guaranteed.

Sixteen-year-old Jake Livingston sees dead people everywhere. But he can't decide what's worse: being a medium forced to watch the dead play out their last moments on a loop or being at the mercy of racist teachers as one of the few Black students at St Clair Prep. Both are a living nightmare he wishes he could wake up from. But things at St Clair start looking up with the arrival of another Black student - the handsome Allister - and for the first time, romance is on the horizon for Jake.

Unfortunately, life as a medium is getting worse. Though most ghosts are harmless, Sawyer Doon wants much more from Jake. In life, Sawyer was a troubled teen who shot and killed six kids at a local high school before taking his own life. Now he's a powerful, vengeful ghost and he has plans for Jake. High school has become a different kind of survival game - one Jake is not sure he can win.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 16mm | 207g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1839132507
  • 9781839132506
  • 30,519

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"This book is absolutely incredible, chilling, and a must-read" * Buzzfeed * "Powerfully applying the horror genre to explore racism and homophobia in a high school setting, Ryan Douglass' The Taking of Jake Livingston is an un-put-down-able, chilling tale for our times" -- Joanne Owen * LoveReading4Kids * "Crucial social commentary and insight into the ways discrimination can isolate and depress young adults. Lush and emotive prose chronicles Jake's journey... Spooky, atmospheric, and layered" * Kirkus * "An exceptional blend of genres - horror, mystery, thriller and contemporary... An extraordinarily crafted exploration of agency during Black gay teenhood" * Shelf Awareness, starred review * "Fast-paced... a satisfying addition to the supernatural horror section." * Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books *
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About Ryan Douglass

Ryan Douglass was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, where he currently resides, cooking pasta and playing records. He enjoys wooden-wick candles, falling asleep on airplanes, and advocating for stronger media representation for queer Black people.
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Rating details

7,758 ratings
3.48 out of 5 stars
5 16% (1,213)
4 33% (2,597)
3 37% (2,834)
2 12% (927)
1 2% (187)
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