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You Know What You Have to Do

By Joe Applegate, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Ambivalent take on teen who commits murders.

Book Bonnie Shimko Horror 2013
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Creating a serial killer with such typical teen problems as a clueless mom and a bonehead boyfriend takes more doing than this award-winning author has come up with. Characters drop into the story as if lowered by ropes to satisfy turns in the plot. The crime scenes are strewn with clues that nobody picks up on. And is it supposed to be funny that Maggie, who has nightmares after burning someone to death, goes for counseling -- only to get a crush on her cute psychologist? Maybe that's who the writer's going for, that reader with an odd sense of humor.

Book Details

  • Author: Bonnie Shimko
  • Genre: Horror
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Amazon Children's Publishing
  • Publication date: March 26, 2013
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 17
  • Number of pages: 230
  • Available on: Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, Kindle
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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