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I, Death by Mark Leslie

I, Death

by Mark Leslie

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I could barely make it through this book! Its just not very interesting. Its told as a diary or blog like book. Just not my kind of book. ( )
  Susan_Arrington | Dec 7, 2016 |
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I enjoyed the majority of this book. The sex scenes were more detailed than necessary, but the narrative is written from a young mans perspective. The story development was pretty good. The second half of the book moved faster than the first half. The ending seemed a bit abrupt. The author could have worked with Sarah returning more before the end. It was almost like the author got tired of writing and just ended the story as quickly as he could. ( )
  wannabepaint | Dec 4, 2016 |
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This review is based on a pre-published copy of the book. Nonetheless, I was very impressed with the creative way in which it was written. Most of it is written as a blog complete with comments from people out there on the internet, which provides in an interesting way, dialogue. Peter O'Mallick, the blogger, started the blog at the suggestion of his school guidance counselor. Peter believes that he can cause the death and suffering of those around him in some way, starting with his mother who died giving birth to him and his father who died when he was seven by getting run over by a car when he followed Peter who disobeyed and ran across the street to play with his friends. He also believes he killed his childhood friend in a hunting accident when the kid ran ahead and tripped and shot himself.

At the beginning of his blog his girlfriend, Sarah, won't speak to him. Her father had recently caught her performing a sexual act on him and when he confronted Peter he didn't yell at him, he just expressed his disappointment, which angered Peter. Right after that, he ended up with a brain tumor. Peter believes that Sarah must blame him for her father's tumor and that that is the reason she is not speaking to him. He loves her so much he is almost stalking her at school. The internet commenters tell him to give her some room and that she just got some bad news about her father and needs to process it. So he is trying to give her the room she needs. He is also having these horrific nightmares that follow him throughout the book.

At this same time he is falling in love with Shakespeare. Especially Hamlet and goes to the English teacher to ask for suggestions on what to read when he sees her with Sarah and becomes jealous of the teacher who has been spending so much time with her. That night the teacher and Sarah are in a car accident and the teacher ends up in a coma, while Sarah is lucky to walk away with just some cuts and bruises.

They get a new teacher, Robbie who introduces Peter into the world of books. Be prepared to add many authors to your reading lists here such as Sean Costello, Richard Layman, and Robert J. Sawyer. He feels a real rapport with this teacher and he even starts to stop thinking of Sarah some and start thinking of a girl named Monica instead. The day after he asks her out and she blows him off something has happened to her and Peter blames himself once again whether it's his fault or not. And yes, more bad things will happen. And there's a mystery man who is in search of Peter for his own nefarious purposes.

By this time he is interacting more with the people who comment on his blog. Sometimes this will be an antagonistic relationship as he feels as though some of these people do not understand him or are giving him bad advice. This book shows how intimate we can become with complete strangers online and how angry and emotional that relationship can become when we feel we are not being heard or understood. Yet, it's hard to convey an emotional conversation online (though in this case, Leslie conveys these conversations and actual ones recalled rather well). It is easier to get your meaning across if you are face-to-face with the person. But even then, while you might be understood, you still could be wrong. Leslie masters this unique way of writing in blog form with comments.

There will be times when you will want to give Peter a hug and tell him it will be alright and at times you will want to shake him and tell him to snap out of it. He's a teenager, so that's a common feeling when dealing with teenagers. This book quickly had me hooked and I did not figure it out so I was surprised by the ending. I cannot recommend it enough. ( )
  nicolewbrown | Nov 30, 2016 |
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This story has an interesting concept. The basis is a teenage boy feels like he is "stalked" by death all through his life. Wherever he goes, death follows. So he's coming to terms with this and starts a blog to share his story. It's mostly written in a blog post format, so you see the story and character progress through his blog posts about his life and experiences. It is written very much like the mind of a troubled teenage boy, so in that sense it's very believable.
This boy is apparently cursed with the "gift" of death, if he gets angry and "wishes" death or bad things upon people, death follows and whoever that ill will was set towards, ends up dying not too long after. He quickly catches onto this trend and starts blogging about it. but it seems like others know of this curse and have caught on too...
Target audience is definitely towards teenagers and early 20's it has some graphic content pertaining to violence and sex, so be aware of that if you are looking to read it.
All in all it's an interesting concept and an interesting execution, but i found it hard for me to get into and hard to make myself want to read this book. It's just over all not really my cup of tea in terms of style of story telling, but I can see how others would enjoy it. ( )
  jadorelecafe | Nov 27, 2016 |
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I liked the concept, but I never got invested in the characters and by half way through was rooting for the bad guy. I think the blog format of the first half is what put me off. I don't read blogs and it seemed very repetitive and naval gazing. There is quite a bit of sex and violence, and I think the target audience is probably 25 to 35 years younger than me. ( )
  roadkyl | Nov 11, 2016 |
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It's not "boy meets girl, boy loses girl" but rather: "Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy's friends begin dropping like flies." Peter O'Mallick isn't just having a bad day; he's having a bad life. It's bad enough when your girlfriend suddenly casts you a cold shoulder, your grades are slipping and those around you no longer understand what it's like to walk in your shoes; but walking around with the innate power to end lives? ?something Peter begins to realize he has had since birth? ?takes the angst to a whole new level. And Hamlet thought he had it bad. Encouraged by his guidance counsellor, the suicidal seventeen year old begins to blog about his experiences in order to try to understand this power and himself. The self-directed therapy helps, and strangers who follow his online story virtually befriend him, as it appears that his curse is mostly limited to those he is in close contact with. However, there is one stranger secretly following his story who isn't there to understand, help or cheer him on; just as Peter begins to understand that being born as a harbinger for death might actually be a blessing rather than a curse, this stranger is intent on finding a way to use Peter's power for nefarious purposes.… (more)

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