Sunday, June 14, 2015

Utopia, Iowa by Brian Yansky

Genre: YA, Mystery, Paranormal
Source: I won a copy from LibraryThing. The opinions expressed here are my own.

From Goodreads:
An Urban fantasy (small town urban) with paranormal elements (ghosts, witches, fortune-cookies that come true, an astral traveling movie-theater owner, a goddess, a banshee). Kind of funny. Utopia, Iowa is a place where the people are strange and there are stranger things than people. Our hero, Jack, is a high school boy who wants to be a screenwriter and has a serious crush on his best friend, Ash. He also happens to see ghosts. When two girls are murdered in Utopia, those ghosts insist he help them find their murderers. This gets him into all kinds of trouble with the police. But there's something darker and much more powerful than local law enforcement interested in Jack. Will Jack's dream of becoming a screenwriter come true or will he be caught up in a nightmare he can't get away from?

My Thoughts:

Imagine living in a town where everyone has a special gift. This is the type of town Jack bell lives in. For Jack, who has the ability to talk with dead people, life becomes very complicated. Two girls have asked for his help making him the prime suspect in their deaths. His parents and friends have their own drama going on. I loved the first person point of view. I know not everyone is a fan, yet I felt it was nicely done and made the story feel more personal. This is one for you to check out.

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