Published by Black Rose Writing on December 7th 2017
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Sixteen-year-old albino Drake Stevenson is pretty much a loner. He spends most of his time by himself playing video games and reading comics. He must wear sunscreen and be covered up at all times due to his body not having any melanin and he has eyesight issues such as issues with depth perception which means he can never drive a car. He also suffers migraines due to his extreme sensitivity to light and must wear sunglasses. He is often bullied because of being a person with albinism.
To make matters worse, his sister is awful to him and is quite the bully herself not to mention mentally unstable. Their life is turned upside down when their father loses his job after a health issues and moves the family to his hometown to become the Stewardess of the oldest and largest cemetery in the state.
Drake begins school and begins a part time job working at night in the cemetery. He makes some friends at school but at the same time gets some unwanted attention from a bully. His sister continues to be awful and he isn’t finding working in the cemetery much fun until he sees someone walking through the cemetery. He soon meets Scarlet, a teenager around his age, who needs his help in finding her killer.
This was an enjoyable YA book which is just that a YA book. I think teens (and adults) will really enjoy this. I also like that this YA book; although it deals with death and how it was caused, it not heavy. It’s a light mystery that deals with issues many teens experience (except for seeing dead people and needing to solve crimes). I would let my 14-year-old read it. Not everyone in this book are as they seem, some have secrets, some are good, some are bad, some have hidden agendas, some want to rule the school at any cost. Geez- sounds like a typical high school, right?
Drake is dealing with real issues in this book – bullying, sibling relationship, his parent’s marital issues and fighting, teenage angst, moving, starting his first job, making friends, being a person with albinism, etc. He is a likable witty character. Yes, he has the typical teenage angst which makes his character appear more authentic. He has some funny, cute moments and a quirky personality. As he beings to work and make friends, the reader gets to see his personality and confidence blossom even while he is facing some tough issues such as bullying and oh yes! being the only one who can see Scarlet!
As he tries to unscramble the truth, the reader is right there with him, learning things as he learns them. The reader also gets to learn about albinism and what it is like to live with albinism. This book is well-written, sometimes funny, and is entertaining.
Thank you to Black Rose Writing and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.