Rate: ⭐️ ⭐️
Author: Michael J. Bowler
Publish Date: February 25, 2020
Thank you so much to Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) and Michae J. Bowler for giving me an ARC of the author’s I Know When You’re Going To Die via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
What if you are given the power to know when people are going to die? What would you do? Leo is a shy, rich kid. Unlike his peers, he does not live a lavish life, and instead focuses on helping the poor and needy. That is where an old man comes and bestows Leo a power where if he looks into a person’s eyes, he can see when they will die. And when he accidentally looks on his best friend’s eyes, Leo swears J.C will never meet death.
I Know When You’re Going To Die is a story of friendship and kindness. Leo has social anxiety, which I can relate to. His friendship with J.C. is cute. And his kindness is far more than the teens his age.
But that stops there. The concept of the book is interesting, but the execution fell flat. I feel like the story wanted to show some awareness (homophobia? Bullying?), but it doesn’t fall through. Instead, it sounds downright homophobic and cringy. It doesn’t have a thrill, and while I do give the author a thumbs up for not being predictable, the whole scene of everyone in the haunted house is just disgusting and cringy. I found myself just skimming past 60% just to see who really is the killer.
This book was not what I anticipated. It’s teen drama, and while I do love teen dramas, this one is not the teen drama I love. There are a lot of ways this could have gone, but the fact that it focused on them being non-white and “maybe gay” (even the
all adults tease the kids and advice them to reach out to other sex, to my disbelief i had doubts if this was written in the 21st or the 1800s) just did not sit well with me. Two stars for the kindness, friendship and for not being predictable. Other than that, I cannot recommend this book at all.