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About The Taking of Jake Livingston

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

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 and Jake is always happy to help them move on to the next place, 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. 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.

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The official THE TAKING OF JAKE LIVINGSTON playlist!

Ready to dive into the scariest novel of the summer? We asked Ryan Douglass to share his recommended playlist for his debut novel The Taking of Jake Livingston, so grab your copy and scroll down to start listening while you read!   The Taking of Jake Livingston – Official Playlist by Ryan Douglass The Taking of Jake Livingston … Continued
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5 Things That Inspired The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass

The Taking of Jake Livingston is quickly becoming summer’s most beloved scary read. Sixteen-year-old Jake Livingston sees dead people everywhere. But when a vengeful ghost sets his sights on Jake, high school becomes a different kind of survival game—one Jake is not sure he can win. Sounds amazing, right?! Well, we had some questions for author … Continued
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Start reading THE TAKING OF JAKE LIVINGSTON

The Taking of Jake Livingston is the perfect Halloween read, so we’re sharing an excerpt today to get you started! Scroll down to start reading about Jake Livingston, a sixteen-year-old who sees dead people everywhere. I live in Atlanta, but not really. Clark City is too far out for the train to come, unless it’s one of … Continued
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