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It's 1992 in Bleak Creek, North Carolina, a sleepy little place with all the trappings of an ordinary Southern town: two Baptist churches, friendly smiles coupled with silent judgments, and a seemingly unquenchable appetite for pork products. Beneath the town’s cheerful façade, however, Bleak Creek teens live in constant fear of being sent to The Whitewood School, a local It's 1992 in Bleak Creek, North Carolina, a sleepy little place with all the trappings of an ordinary Southern town: two Baptist churches, friendly smiles coupled with silent judgments, and a seemingly unquenchable appetite for pork products. Beneath the town’s cheerful façade, however, Bleak Creek teens live in constant fear of being sent to The Whitewood School, a local reformatory with a record of putting unruly teens back on the straight and narrow—a record so impeccable that almost everyone is willing to ignore the mysterious deaths that have occurred there over the past decade. At first, high school freshmen Rex McClendon and Leif Nelson believe what they’ve been told—that the students’ strange demises were all tragic accidents. But when the shoot for their low-budget horror masterpiece, PolterDog, goes horribly awry—and their best friend, Candice Boykins, is sent to Whitewood as punishment—Rex and Leif are forced to question everything they know about their unassuming hometown and its cherished school for delinquents. Eager to rescue their friend, Rex and Leif pair up with recent NYU film school grad Janine Blitstein to begin piecing together the unsettling truth of the school and its mysterious founder, Wayne Whitewood. What they find, with Candice’s life hanging in the balance, will leave them battling an evil beyond their wildest teenage imaginations—one that will shake Bleak Creek to its core.


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It's 1992 in Bleak Creek, North Carolina, a sleepy little place with all the trappings of an ordinary Southern town: two Baptist churches, friendly smiles coupled with silent judgments, and a seemingly unquenchable appetite for pork products. Beneath the town’s cheerful façade, however, Bleak Creek teens live in constant fear of being sent to The Whitewood School, a local It's 1992 in Bleak Creek, North Carolina, a sleepy little place with all the trappings of an ordinary Southern town: two Baptist churches, friendly smiles coupled with silent judgments, and a seemingly unquenchable appetite for pork products. Beneath the town’s cheerful façade, however, Bleak Creek teens live in constant fear of being sent to The Whitewood School, a local reformatory with a record of putting unruly teens back on the straight and narrow—a record so impeccable that almost everyone is willing to ignore the mysterious deaths that have occurred there over the past decade. At first, high school freshmen Rex McClendon and Leif Nelson believe what they’ve been told—that the students’ strange demises were all tragic accidents. But when the shoot for their low-budget horror masterpiece, PolterDog, goes horribly awry—and their best friend, Candice Boykins, is sent to Whitewood as punishment—Rex and Leif are forced to question everything they know about their unassuming hometown and its cherished school for delinquents. Eager to rescue their friend, Rex and Leif pair up with recent NYU film school grad Janine Blitstein to begin piecing together the unsettling truth of the school and its mysterious founder, Wayne Whitewood. What they find, with Candice’s life hanging in the balance, will leave them battling an evil beyond their wildest teenage imaginations—one that will shake Bleak Creek to its core.

30 review for The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek

  1. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    Holy Spit Guys, Gals and People of All Types - it's up for a GOODREADS CHOICE AWARD! (For Horror! So Spooky!) Vote now!! "I'm not used to people thinking I'm a bad kid. It's kind of exhilarating." "...I feel like I'm being judged. And punished with tomatoes." Rex McClendon and Leif Nelson are best friends (along with Alicia Boykins) in their small town of Bleak Creek. The three of them literally do everything together and their latest project - PolterDog - is sure to be a hit at the local film Holy Spit Guys, Gals and People of All Types - it's up for a GOODREADS CHOICE AWARD! (For Horror! So Spooky!) Vote now!! "I'm not used to people thinking I'm a bad kid. It's kind of exhilarating." "...I feel like I'm being judged. And punished with tomatoes." Rex McClendon and Leif Nelson are best friends (along with Alicia Boykins) in their small town of Bleak Creek. The three of them literally do everything together and their latest project - PolterDog - is sure to be a hit at the local film festival. However, while filming a vital scene, a series of unfortunate events (involving (but not limited to) a bacon belt, a crazed Tucker, an organ fundraiser, two baptist preachers duking it out and a pig roast) results in Alicia taking the fall for all of them. "They're taking her to the Whitewood School," Leif said. Whitewood, the local reform school, is praised by any and all adults living in Bleak Creek... No one exactly knows what goes on in the school but there are rumors...dark rumors floating about the school. People go in one way and come out completely different. Rex and Leif need to get their friend out, but how? No one believes them and even if they did, no one is going to go against such a fine, upstanding community school. No one's escaped unscathed, but Alicia is determined to be the first. She was no Princess Peach, trapped in a castle hoping that two plumbers were coming to save her. She will not let this place break her. She will not fall. She will not - For the first time since arriving at the Whitewood School, it hit her: She could die here. I have a confession. The ARC (advanced readers copy) arrived in the mail...and I finished it same-day. I couldn't help myself. It was that good. I had so many expectations going into this book and every last one of them was exceeded. I feel like making that cross-media leap can be difficult for most (if not all) celebrities but Rhett and Link write as if they have been authors all their lives. I was extremely impressed by the humor, the plot, the characters - essentially everything in this book - and was wholly entertained from cover-to-cover. First and foremost, I absolutely adored the humor. Humor is arguably one of the better-known qualities from Rhett and Link's YouTube careers and it absolutely shines in this book. There were so many little details that wove in and out of the book, playing upon each other and returning again and again for further hilarity. I don't want to give too much away, but one thing that I loved was the rivalry between the local churches. The entire book could have been about that and I would say that there wasn't enough church-on-church competition! ...the red-brick First Baptist Church with its towering steeple, less than fifty yards from the light brown brick Second Baptist Church with its slightly taller steeple.... And Rex's scootering leg! Oh my gosh. I could not handle that. Rex barreled down the blacktop...his scooter leg bouncing off the pavement, propelling him at a fraction of the speed of a bicycle." In addition, there were so many side characters with quirky personalities scattered throughout the book that truly made it memorable."Can you just...Can you just speed up a little? Try and lose 'em?" "For you, Neenie? Anything." GamGam pressed down on the gas, and Janine's head was thrust back... A lot of the humor relied on slow builds and reoccurring bits, so it was a bit hard to find the perfect quote to sum it up, but honestly, that made them all the more enjoyable (though, for the record, we definitely needed more mortician-dad and pig-roasting envy!) When I talked with the authors about their choice of names (Rex and Leif, opposed to Rhett and Link), they admitted that the first few drafts really did use their real names but eventually it felt too self-indulgent (and a bit awkward). They felt like they couldn't truly manipulate the world of Bleak Creek if they kept things so close to the truth. So, Rhett and Link changed their main character's names to create some distance between the novel and their real-selves. As a semi-professional reviewer and fully professional reader, I definitely appreciated that choice. If they had gone full Rhett-and-Link in these pages, that would take away some of the stand-alone qualities of the book. That's not to say that the duo didn't include things from their real lives. They kept a lot of their personality quirks but exaggerated them for the book (or explored them from a new direction). And there were a few key moments from their lives that were kept the same, such as how they both had their first crush on the same girl:Rex also had a crush on Alicia. As of a day ago. This was a painfully unfair turn of events. But overall, by creating that distance between themselves and their characters allowed for them to take the event, fictionalize it and then run with it. There were a few aspects in the book that needed a smidge of polishing - the ending felt a bit abrupt. There was so much building, and building, and building...and then BOOM, over. I wanted more! And there were a few of the earlier interactions with the "Whitewood School Graduates" that could have been a bit more polished but it wasn't so major that I was taken out of the book. But that being said, this is an ARC and will likely be smoothed by the time this book hits the press and those "issues" (if I could even call them that) were so minor in comparison to my enjoyment of this book that I honestly barely noticed. All-in-all, one of the best things about this book is that it is good enough to stand on its own two feet (pages?). The plot was fresh and exciting, the world building was strong and hilarious, and the characters were extremely well-fleshed out. This is truly the best book I've read all year! And...that ending...oh wow. I can truly say that I never saw it coming and that I cannot stop hoping for a second book - I'm keeping my fingers crossed. An absolutely unbelievably huge thanks to the authors (Rhett McLaughlin & Link Neal), Jenna Purdy, Brian Flanagan and the publishers at Crown for sending me a free ARC in exchange for an honest review - and for allowing me to talk to Rhett and Link about their latest literary adventure! All quotes come from an uncorrected proof and are subject to change upon publication YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat @miranda.reads Happy Reading!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    Am I only adding this book to my TBR because I’ve loved Rhett and Link’s online content for years? Yes. Yes, I am. Edit: Okay. So I did a little more digging (as in, I actually read the Goodreads synopsis for this). And honestly? The main characters’ names are Rex McClendon and Leif Nelson. If I’d been drinking milk when I read that I’d have shot it out of my nose. This book is going to be a freaking masterpiece.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tucker

    Many thanks to Crown for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review I am temporarily dnf-ing this. I'm just not feeling it right now. And rather than forcing myself to read it and thus not enjoying it, I'm gonna wait a bit. ********** hmmmmmm celebrities + trying to write a book = disaster BUT 1/10 celebrity books are good. so | Goodreads | Blog | Twitch | Pinterest | Reddit | Buy

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dennis

    I see a lot of positive reviews for this title, so I am sure my opinion is unpopular and rare, but I just did not enjoy The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek . I felt like the narrative was kind of sporadically all over the place, and the story was kind of been there, done that. I actually don't see how this book could be ranked in the nominees for 2019 best horror, because I wasn't scared once. I guess you can label it as a horror novel, but it's better suited as a young adult novel as the dialogue I see a lot of positive reviews for this title, so I am sure my opinion is unpopular and rare, but I just did not enjoy The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek . I felt like the narrative was kind of sporadically all over the place, and the story was kind of been there, done that. I actually don't see how this book could be ranked in the nominees for 2019 best horror, because I wasn't scared once. I guess you can label it as a horror novel, but it's better suited as a young adult novel as the dialogue between the main characters tends to be a bit juvenile. I feel bad writing a terrible review, but I have to be honest as I read so many books per year, and I wouldn't want to steer someone in the wrong direction. It's a fast read, so it could work for those gearing up for the holidays and want to spend some alone time away from family. Will I pick up another book by the authors, probably not.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Seth

    Will it Novel? YES!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    Once I began reading THE LOST CAUSES OF BLEAK CREEK, I didn't want to put it down. What seems like a normal southern town is in fact anything but! Rex, Leif and Alison are three best friends who are all 14 years old when Alison is sent to the local reform school. This is a school where several students have mysteriously died over the last decade. Rex and Leif are determined to rescue their friend when everything goes arie. Get ready for a great story with a surprise ending. I highly recommend!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    I wanted to love this one a lot, but I merely liked it. GMM is great, however I felt that the authorial insertion actually detracted from what at it's core is an interesting "kids on bikes (and scooter)" story. Hardcore, GMM fans will likely enjoy it

  8. 4 out of 5

    The Nerd Daily

    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Marla Warren I have always said that I love debut novels, but it isn’t often that I get to read a debut novel that is this well-crafted, this engrossing, and this much fun. With a truly unique balance of humour and horror, McLaughlin and Neal have established a world that is instantly both familiar and fascinating. The story is set in 1992, in the small North Carolina town of Bleak Creek, and with this setting comes all the 90’s nostalgia you Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Marla Warren I have always said that I love debut novels, but it isn’t often that I get to read a debut novel that is this well-crafted, this engrossing, and this much fun. With a truly unique balance of humour and horror, McLaughlin and Neal have established a world that is instantly both familiar and fascinating. The story is set in 1992, in the small North Carolina town of Bleak Creek, and with this setting comes all the 90’s nostalgia you could want! From New Kids of the Block to Hyper Color T-shirts, those of us that remember that time can’t help but smile, (and those that don’t probably can’t help but laugh at us), either way, it’s a good time. Our main characters are Rex McClendon and Leif Nelson, who McLaughlin and Neal have readily admitted are based on themselves, at least in part. The town of Bleak Creek is also (somewhat) based on the small North Carolina town where they grew up, which has undoubtedly helped them to create such a richly textured world. In addition, if you have ever lived in the South, particularly in a small town, you will most certainly recognise the cast of characters in this book! While there are both expected, and unexpected, laughs throughout the book, this is ultimately a thriller/horror story that gets dark in both real and supernatural ways. There is a local reform school (with a history of suspicious deaths), called Whitewood School, that looms over the youth of Bleak Creek, with everyone frightened about what kind of infraction might result in them being sent to Whitewood. Yet they aren’t even aware of some of the very real horrors that are happening there. It isn’t just the youth of Bleak Creek who are suspicious of Whitewood. Janine Blitstein, a former resident of Bleak Creek who is now working as a documentary film-maker, is back in town and clearly not welcomed by many of the residents. Besides her grandmother, lovingly referred to as “GamGam,” her aunt, and her cousin Donna, who she had once been very close to, Janine no longer has connections to Bleak Creek. But as circumstances change in the community, she is pulled into the orbit of Rex and Leif as they all seek to find out what secrets are being held by the town and its residents. With themes of friendship, teenage angst, relationships, and courage, the story is structured in a clever, interesting way that keeps the reader glued to the page and engrossed in the well-drawn, very real characters that have been created. The cleverly plotted resolution is yet another aspect that sets this book apart from so many other debut novels. Best of all, the story is resolved in a way that lends itself to possible sequels (fingers-crossed!) It is definitely a world you will want to revisit.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    As a huge R&L fan, I was ecstatic to receive an advance copy of this book. The story of Rex, Leif, and Alicia had me staying up late with "one more chapter." I love the easy use of humor in the writing, and I had a huge wave of nostalgia with the reference to the Hardee's California raisins as my late grandmother had every one lined up on her fireplace mantel. That definitely caused a teary smile. What keeps me from giving a 5 star rating is the supernatural turn in the story. While it held As a huge R&L fan, I was ecstatic to receive an advance copy of this book. The story of Rex, Leif, and Alicia had me staying up late with "one more chapter." I love the easy use of humor in the writing, and I had a huge wave of nostalgia with the reference to the Hardee's California raisins as my late grandmother had every one lined up on her fireplace mantel. That definitely caused a teary smile. What keeps me from giving a 5 star rating is the supernatural turn in the story. While it held my attention, I just was not able to suspend my disbelief with that plot line. I would consider this book to be geared toward the young adult audience, so maybe it's just due to me being an old lady and not in the intended demographic. Overall, R&L impressed me with their writing skills and their story, and I fully recommend this book. I look forward to discussing it with other MBs!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Beverly

    I had so much fun reading this book. If you’re looking for a serious book, keep right on looking. If you just want to have fun, stop right here! It’s also well written and an intriguing story!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    A really good debut for these first time novelists! I tore through this book over two days - it's got a lot of deep cut call backs for long time mythical beasts, but it can be enjoyed by everyone!

  12. 5 out of 5

    kenzie ⎊

    ok first of all i’d like to formally apologize for saying anything mean about this cover because once i held it i absolutely fell in love. and second, this is the first fictional story i’ve ever read from randl, though i don’t think there’s many more to read yet, and i was so emotional by the time i got to the end i was crying at the acknowledgements ahahahahaha i would go from laughing because someone said scooter leg to crying because of their reactions to something, anyway i’m just so proud ok first of all i’d like to formally apologize for saying anything mean about this cover because once i held it i absolutely fell in love. and second, this is the first fictional story i’ve ever read from randl, though i don’t think there’s many more to read yet, and i was so emotional by the time i got to the end i was crying at the acknowledgements ahahahahaha i would go from laughing because someone said scooter leg to crying because of their reactions to something, anyway i’m just so proud and so happy for these boys also naming a character ben already made me cry, but THEN having a character with the thing that he died from?????????????? i am so sad

  13. 5 out of 5

    Linda McCutcheon

    There is so much I love about this book. First it is well written. It grabbed me with the first sentence and shocked me with the last sentence. I was fully invested in every character including the ones that were minor. The authors brought the people, the town and the decade it takes place in to life. The authors have been best friends since third grade and it shows in the two protagonists, Rex and Leif, who are best friends since forever and are entering freshman year of high school in the There is so much I love about this book. First it is well written. It grabbed me with the first sentence and shocked me with the last sentence. I was fully invested in every character including the ones that were minor. The authors brought the people, the town and the decade it takes place in to life. The authors have been best friends since third grade and it shows in the two protagonists, Rex and Leif, who are best friends since forever and are entering freshman year of high school in the small southern town of Bleak Creek in 1992. They are would be film makers because camcorders back in the 80s and 90s made everyone the latest Spielberg. Their other best friend, Alicia, is helping them make their masterpiece movie, PolterDog. You know, like Poltergeist, but with a dog ghost! The cultural references in this book are many and are awesome. Everything from Goodfellas (one of my favorite movies) to Saved by the Bell makes an appearance. The fact that New Kids On the Block music plays a role in a rescue attempt is one of the things that made me smile while my heart pounded as our heroes find themselves in a dire predicament. This ability to make me smile when I am in a panic is an amazing gift that the writers bring to this original work. I don't want to give too much of the plot away about this book. There are many surprises especially near the end. Basically, our heroes unwittingly discover an evil in their town and it's up to them to do something about it. Along the way they encounter a host of characters that bring comedy, fear and insight into this world. There are no unnecessary people or moments in this book. Speaking earlier of Spielberg, this book must be made into a movie. It has that feel of innocence, fierce friendship, and wonderment that were so prevalent in the movies in the 80s and 90s; such as Back to the Future and Stand by Me. I enjoyed this book as much, if not more, than I did these iconic movies. I won an advanced copy of this book from Penguin Random House and Goodreads for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    4.5 stars! This was super entertaining and fun to read. I loved the fact it was set in the early 90s, and had a bit of a Fear Street (R.L. Stine) vibe!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Aristotle

    Creepy Creek just in time for Halloween A reform school is not what it seems. What secret is hidden beneath a natural spring on the grounds of the school? A secret the townsfolk of Bleak Creek are willing to kill for. I didn't know who Rhett and Link were before receiving this book. I'm not a big fan of watching YouTube. So when i heard they were internet stars i was doubtful. I was pleasantly surprised at how good this story was. Told mostly through the eyes of a trio of 14-year-olds this was a Creepy Creek just in time for Halloween A reform school is not what it seems. What secret is hidden beneath a natural spring on the grounds of the school? A secret the townsfolk of Bleak Creek are willing to kill for. I didn't know who Rhett and Link were before receiving this book. I'm not a big fan of watching YouTube. So when i heard they were internet stars i was doubtful. I was pleasantly surprised at how good this story was. Told mostly through the eyes of a trio of 14-year-olds this was a well written story with crisp, funny, and at times disturbing dialogue. How much would you be willing to sacrifice to save your child? Your soul? The souls of other children? Stephen King's It meets Stranger Things with a splash of Poltergeist. Thanks to Goodreads giveaway.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kansas

    As a hardcore Mythical Beast, I wanted to love this book. After preordering it months ago, the closer we came to the release date, the more anxious I became. I was so afraid this book would not live up to my expectations. THANK YOU RHETT AND LINK FOR ALWAYS BEING MYTHICAL! This book was absolutely incredible. The world building was on point, the characters were fully fleshed out and relatable, and the storyline was fresh and original. It was the perfect mix of funny, creepy, and WHAT THE As a hardcore Mythical Beast, I wanted to love this book. After preordering it months ago, the closer we came to the release date, the more anxious I became. I was so afraid this book would not live up to my expectations. THANK YOU RHETT AND LINK FOR ALWAYS BEING MYTHICAL! This book was absolutely incredible. The world building was on point, the characters were fully fleshed out and relatable, and the storyline was fresh and original. It was the perfect mix of funny, creepy, and WHAT THE CRAP!ness. (Yes, that’s a thing.) I should never have doubted the creative abilities of Rhett & Link. No matter the form of media in which their Mythicality manifests itself, they always COME UP BIG! Please let there be a sequel to The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek because I’m totally here for it!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I am very impressed with what Rhett and Link created! It was very engaging and entertaining, I read it practically in one sitting! While there may have been a few shortcomings or weak spots, I overall enjoyed the book and wouldn't mind a sequel. And while there were definitely opportunities for things to fall flat or feel goofy, they actually worked very well. Some language warning, but recommended for a fun, quick read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Travis

    The Hardy Boys rockin their Mythical Best with a Lovecraftian twist on a 90s spin of Stranger Things meets Narnia meets A Handmaid's Tale meets Goosebumps. Unsurprisingly, Rhett and Link wrote a strong first entry to the VA genre. It was well-rounded. Tension rose and fell like a carefully arranged musical score, with plot beats spaced to resemble a screenplay. I'd pay to see it, but only if it broke the fourth wall like the narrator's humorous commentary. I've only one structural complaint. I get The Hardy Boys rockin their Mythical Best with a Lovecraftian twist on a 90s spin of Stranger Things meets Narnia meets A Handmaid's Tale meets Goosebumps. Unsurprisingly, Rhett and Link wrote a strong first entry to the VA genre. It was well-rounded. Tension rose and fell like a carefully arranged musical score, with plot beats spaced to resemble a screenplay. I'd pay to see it, but only if it broke the fourth wall like the narrator's humorous commentary. I've only one structural complaint. I get the suspicion as though part of the book dealing with (view spoiler)[what was sure to be a moral dilemma (hide spoiler)] was cut. (view spoiler)[Possibly it will be addressed in a sequel. (hide spoiler)] Now that the authors have established that they know and can execute the rules of literature, I look forward to subsequent fiction books where they will undoubtedly break rules to the delight of myself and the audience.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Luwanda Dunfee

    This was an excellent book about friendships and facing horrors together. It had a surprising twist that makes it worth the time.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Heath Hurst

    When I heard that the people who brought me GMM were going to take on the task of writing a book I thought well here we go another subpar book from people who think they can do everything creatively... But my oh my is it hard to stop reading this book. I’ve been reading it ever since it was delivered and haven’t wanted to stop! Kind of bummed that the pages aren’t scented or a scratch and sniff.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Brittani Allen

    I love Rhett and link so much! This book was just as hilarious as I would’ve expected. That being said, I wasn’t really sure what this book was supposed to be. The content was pretty dark but the tone was super light.. I also couldn’t tell who this book was meant for. It would seem for an older audience sometimes and a really young audience other times. I will listen to any book Rhett and link write though!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Sturm

    I wanted very much to love this book but there are some inherent problems. I enjoyed moments for sure; I’d find myself swept up for a chapter only to be bogged back down into a sense of malaise and slow reactions. When something intense happens to a character in peril it’s followed immediately by a chapter that talks about pop culture references that have no real bearing or some “inside joke/real life thing” that Rhett and Link wanted to share but it felt like that was all. The book suffers I wanted very much to love this book but there are some inherent problems. I enjoyed moments for sure; I’d find myself swept up for a chapter only to be bogged back down into a sense of malaise and slow reactions. When something intense happens to a character in peril it’s followed immediately by a chapter that talks about pop culture references that have no real bearing or some “inside joke/real life thing” that Rhett and Link wanted to share but it felt like that was all. The book suffers mainly from the fact it’s main characters are homages to the authors themselves. Because this is “them” it can’t find its legs in the actual fiction of the novel. It become something, because Rex and Leif are stiff cardboard replicants, that is neither horror or comedy, suspense or drama. It’s just a story. I always come back to one particular part where a character is in extreme peril. I was on board and really into it at that point, but the very next sentence and chapter was the main characters sitting around hitting each other in the balls and going “It’s real bad what’s going on with our friend.” What’s the point? It might feel more natural if every other sentence wasn’t a forced 90s reference or friends inside joke. Instead it bogs things down and makes it hard to care about anyone. They hit the climax so hard and fast that the wrap up was a real let down and I’m not sure if they’re planning a sequel but if they do I’m not sure I care to find out what happens to everyone in Bleak Creek. I love GMM and Rhett and Link, but another year of edits and reworks would have made this way better. It just seems like the novel itself was rushed to publishing and/or just needed more time.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Thornton

    I absolutely loved it. You don't have to be a fan of Rhett and Link to enjoy this story, but there are little nuggets of their friendship that fans may notice. I read it all in one sitting, the story kept me hooked through the end.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kim McGee

    A small town with small minds and an out of control leader who also operates a reform school for kids is a recipe for disaster. The kids of Bleak Creek are pretty normal and act out less than most teens in other parts of the country but this doesn't stop them from being committed to a strange reform school that some students never return from or others come back acting like zombies. it takes a trio of amateur filmmakers and a couple of former inmates at the school to find out the truth and A small town with small minds and an out of control leader who also operates a reform school for kids is a recipe for disaster. The kids of Bleak Creek are pretty normal and act out less than most teens in other parts of the country but this doesn't stop them from being committed to a strange reform school that some students never return from or others come back acting like zombies. it takes a trio of amateur filmmakers and a couple of former inmates at the school to find out the truth and hopefully make it out alive to warn others. Creepy and very much a horror story, this is one tale that will keep you out of the woods and strange springs forever. A bit like Stranger Things or early Stephen King, this is a good pick for adults or young adult horror readers. My thanks to the publisher for the advance copy.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    I can’t wait for this! Rett and Link are amazing and this book sounds so cool!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alicia Madgwick

    Oh my God. This book was insanely good. Drop everything, and pick this book up immediately. In this coming-of-age tale, Rex and Leif are best friends, growing up in a small southern town in the 90s. But something happens - this hidden reform school has just taken their other best friend, Alicia, in the middle of the night, and they want to rescue her but other forces are working against them. A mixture of horror and friendship - this novel takes you on a journey. I picked this book up because I’ Oh my God. This book was insanely good. Drop everything, and pick this book up immediately. In this coming-of-age tale, Rex and Leif are best friends, growing up in a small southern town in the 90s. But something happens - this hidden reform school has just taken their other best friend, Alicia, in the middle of the night, and they want to rescue her but other forces are working against them. A mixture of horror and friendship - this novel takes you on a journey. I picked this book up because I’ve been a fan of Rhett & Link for almost seven years now. I watch Good Mythical Morning every single morning, and I was thrilled when they announced they were coming out with a novel. This book exceeded my expectations (which were high enough to begin with). These guys made magic in this book because you don’t need to know their work to enjoy this novel, but after watching them for so many years, it feels even more special. They have crafted a novel that will last forever. They speak to friendship, southern small towns, horror, and the importance of who you sit with at lunch. I laughed harder at this book than any other novel, and I was genuinely terrified during some moments. This might be one of my favorite books. It’s really hitting me emotionally, and hopefully, there will be another one! Rating: 6/5 (really it’s 5/5, but for emphasis I went one higher because it’s so good).

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tilde Rørvig

    The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek is an amazing book and such a great read. It’s one of those books that you don’t want to put down - you just want to keep reading. Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal know how to tell a story. With quirky details, humor and emotion. In The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek, they explore the pros and cons of growing up in a tight-knit community, skillfully threaded together by the story of the mysterious Bleak Creek Springs. It’s a story of friendship, of growing up, of believing The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek is an amazing book and such a great read. It’s one of those books that you don’t want to put down - you just want to keep reading. Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal know how to tell a story. With quirky details, humor and emotion. In The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek, they explore the pros and cons of growing up in a tight-knit community, skillfully threaded together by the story of the mysterious Bleak Creek Springs. It’s a story of friendship, of growing up, of believing in yourself, in others, in the “unknown”, and so much more. There is suspense, adventure, mystery, an exploration of different relationships, and all of it is sprinkled with humor and references to pop culture from the 1990’s. Another quality of this book is that it isn’t targeted to a specific age range. There are so many layers to it, which means that different audiences will pick up on different things. Also, this book stands alone, which means that you don’t have to know anything about the authors’ previous work. However: If you’re just vaguely acquainted with the Mythical universe, their stories, their character traits etc., there are plenty of Easter eggs for you. All of them, highly entertaining.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Oscar Moreno

    i know nothing of GMM, but this book is fun to read, for me is a friendship story with a Goosebumps or "Are you afraid of the Dark" atmosphere, well developed characters, you're gonna love the triumvirate (Rex, Leif, Alicia), good story and well written you can feel you are in Bleak Creek with them.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Ghost Dog/PolterDog Kind of stranger thingsesque (which may be a lazy comparison), this is a book about 3 friends and their quest to make an epic movie that leads them to discovering a dark town secret. It’s a story filled with adventure and mystery and has a few comical parts too. I would definitely recommend this read.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Lett

    Adult style Hardy Boys fun! A super fun mystery courtesy of Rhett and Link, but no knowledge of physicality required! Well paced, exciting story about what dwells in tiny southern towns. Also, since I'm their age, it was a fun nostalgia trip

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