I have had a really hard week so far. Between classes, more than one job, a job interview, volunteer tutoring and just making time for homework, I’m booked. 

When I originally picked a book for this review—it was not this book—I struggled to get into it because my mind was wondering too much over all I had to do. 

It wasn’t until I wandered into the bookstore in the Memorial Union after grabbing my favorite Starbucks drink before another class when I saw this book. It’s called Took. I saw it was written by Mary Downing Hahn, who I vividly remember being my childhood Stephen King. I smiled to myself and picked up this book that I had never read and saw it was on sale for $4. Why not? I thought. 

Although this is definitely not a challenging book for college students, I recommend it to anyone who is feeling a little overwhelmed and in need of an escape. I must admit, I am a little biased because I love the author. 

However, I have always been an avid reader so non-challenging books can be boring for me. This one was not. I honestly could not put it down. Maybe it’s because I desperately needed to think about something other than my hectic schedule or maybe it was because it was so good. 

This book was originally sold for $7.99. It sold at our bookstore for $4.34 after tax. You can also find it on Amazon or basically any book website for under ten dollars. It was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2015. 

The cover looks very ominous with a creepy baby hand and the words, “A Ghost Story” across the bottom of the dark cover. Even the cashier in the bookstore told me to let her know how the book turned out to. 

The story is about a child named Daniel and his seven-year-old sister, Erica. They are forced to move to an abandoned farmhouse after their father loses his job and creepy things conspire from there. It is narrated by someone called “Auntie” in the beginning. 

Old Auntie is the creepy witch, and she has a hog named Bloody Bones. The woods prove to be dangerous when little Erica vanishes. Daniel believes that he has to confront Old Auntie and get his sister back. 

Overall, it was not a read that would be hard for any college student. However, it was exactly what I needed to destress. I have always loved ghost stories, so if you do, this is completely the book for you. Take that much needed break and read this book. 

It’s exactly the right amount of spooky and easy to read. I didn’t have to try very hard to keep up with it unlike some of my textbooks. 

5/5 Apples

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