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The Taking of Jake Livingston

The Taking of Jake Livingston


The Taking of Jake Livingston

About the Book

Jake Livingston sees dead people everywhere. Though most ghosts are harmless, Sawyer Doon wants much more from Jake. Suddenly, everything Jake knows about dead world goes out the window as Sawyer begins to haunt him. High school soon becomes a different kind of survival game—one Jake is not sure he can win.

Product Details

On sale: July 13, 2021
Age: 12 and up
Grade: Grade 7 & Up
Page count: 256 Pages
ISBN: 9781984812537

Author Bio

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.


Praise for The Taking of Jake Livingston:

Spine-chilling YA horror.” —The Boston Globe

“This book is absolutely incredible, chilling, and a must-read.” —BuzzFeed

★ “An exceptional blend of genres—horror, mystery, thriller and contemporary—that brilliantly captures how Jake, a Black gay teen medium, copes with the varying kinds of violence threatening him. . . Douglass creates a clever and effective parallel between what Jake can't control—racism and how his body is perceived, a toxic father, an irresponsible brother, his mother's expectations—and his fight against Sawyer. The story builds to a rewardingly chilling and sentimental climax, as Jake must look deep within himself for the power to break the cycles of harm entrapping him. . . An extraordinarily crafted exploration of agency during Black gay teenhood.” —Shelf Awareness, starred review

“A teenage version of Get Out, and you will not be disappointed. . . Author Douglass looks at race and trauma and death with a comical and horror-esque twist.” —The Root

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 Reviews

“There are many layers to navigate in this fast-paced trip to and from the world of the dead, including identity, violent and sexual traumas, and the stigma of mental illness, all with a supernatural and often gory twist. . . Ultimately, this is a satisfying addition to the supernatural horror section.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“YA readers looking for thrills and chills this summer will find them here.” —Brightly

Captures the pain of navigating teenagerhood when no one around you sees the world the way you do…A quick, worthwhile read that manages to pack a lot of dark themes into a tight space.” —The Young Folks

Chilling, edgy . . . spooky and layered. . .A wonderful genre-meld…This is an excellent debut.” —Cinlinx

“This YA debut from Ryan Douglass is a mix of genres –horror, mystery, thriller, and contemporary–that explores how a Black gay teen medium copes with the various kinds of violence that threaten him.” —Culturess

Tackl[ing] mental illness, rejection, and loneliness. . . this novel takes a hard look at brutality in many forms, racism, homophobia, and consequences of the choices that we make.” —School Library Journal, review of audiobook