The Boo Hag by David Morgan
Lenny Petrakas is worried about her skin. Not the way you're thinking. Not like that at all. While most people spend time concerned about dirt and elasticity, temperature and moisture, Lenny has a more pressing problem. Something is after her. Something evil that won't stop until it has peeled every last inch of skin from the teen's body. And then, it may end her misery quickly, or it may dump her body in the woods. Let infection and dehydration run its course.
Lenny is just your normal sixteen-year-old girl. Was. Was just your normal sixteen-year-old girl. Quiet and polite. Petite. Introspective, but not to the point of isolation. Loyal? Fiercely so. Outstanding? Noteworthy? Different? No, no, and no. Or so she thought. What started as an eerie feeling, a certainty that someone had been in her room while she slept, has spiraled into something far worse. Something was in her room. Something that finds her highly different, extremely noteworthy, and intensely outstanding.
Game over? Wrong. Lenny's a fighter, and she isn't about to lie down and take what's coming to her. Enlisting the help of her best friend, a not-so-secret admirer, the hottest guy in school, one odious cheerleader, and a paranormalist teacher, Lenny is facing her fears head on, in a battle she knows can only end in death
This story has a great premise. The idea that there is a Boo Hag that is after Lenny and there was suspense and mystery that filled the pages and got me interested enough to keep me reading.
I did not feel as connected to the characters as much as I wanted to. I feel that the choice of writing the story in 3rd person felt a little off to me and the repetition of the characters names on one page was distracting and noticeable for me. I confess that repetition is just a personal peeve of mine. I know that it's common for 3rd person to be used in books, but I rarely if ever noticed that a story is written in 3rd person, but this stood out to me.
As far as the plot and storyline go this book has a great one. I liked the idea of the Boo Hag coming in and adding that addition of fear and mystery to the story, but when she does make appearances she disappears way to fast.
As a whole I liked the idea of the story, I was hoping to get pulled into it more and my favorite parts were when they had to confront the Boo Hag, but they went by so fast I ended up missing her when she was not around.
I will be recommending it to my friends that like similar reads. If you like a softer take on thriller/horror stories you would enjoy this book. Great for younger teens who are interested in the horror genre.
Here is just one example from the beginning of chapter 3.
Lenny guided her shiny, yellow 1968 Volkswagen Beetle into the driveway. The girls had stayed a little late at school to complete the lab. When first period ended with the pair of tantalizingly close to finishing, they plead their case to Ms. Miller, who gave in, as, she noted, Lenny had no control over her intestines. But Anna was happy to have Lenny on her side; she could easily imagine the biology teacher coming to another decision if her best student hadn't been involved. Lenny got a lot of leeway, especially from Ms. Miller, because of her stellar academic record. After School the girls made a quick stop at Anna's house to pick up some essentials, and then made their way to Lenny's to investigate in the bedroom.
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