The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek
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.

The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek Details

TitleThe Lost Causes of Bleak Creek
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 29th, 2019
PublisherCrown
ISBN-139781984822130
Rating
GenreHorror, Mystery, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek Review

  • Miranda Reads
    January 1, 1970
    HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY "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 HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY "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 publicationYouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat @miranda.reads Happy Reading!
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  • Tucker
    January 1, 1970
    Many thanks to Crown for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest reviewI 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.**********hmmmmmmcelebrities + trying to write a book = disaster BUT1/10 celebrity books are good.so| Goodreads | Blog | Twitch | Pinterest | Reddit | Buy
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  • Ruth
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Kristen Beverly
    January 1, 1970
    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!
  • Mike
    January 1, 1970
    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
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  • Denise
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Aristotle
    January 1, 1970
    Creepy Creek just in time for HalloweenA 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 1 Creepy Creek just in time for HalloweenA 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.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    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!
  • Kim McGee
    January 1, 1970
    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 hopef 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.
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  • kenzie ⎊
    January 1, 1970
    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 a 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 mild spoilers down here 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
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    I can’t wait for this! Rett and Link are amazing and this book sounds so cool!
  • Linda McCutcheon
    January 1, 1970
    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 smal 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.
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  • Tilde Rørvig
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.
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  • Travis
    January 1, 1970
    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 comp 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.
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  • Heath Hurst
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Brittani Allen
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Jamie Thornton
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Erika Jones
    January 1, 1970
    Amazingly Addictive!This book was phenomenal! I was fully engaged from page one. You will experience every emotion possible while reading this book. The main characters Rex and Leif have a complex and yet completely loyal friendship that reminds you that friends are the family you choose. Their friendship is set against the backdrop of a small southern town hiding a sinister secret. Watching the story unfold is completely immersive and you’ll have trouble putting this book down in order to see wh Amazingly Addictive!This book was phenomenal! I was fully engaged from page one. You will experience every emotion possible while reading this book. The main characters Rex and Leif have a complex and yet completely loyal friendship that reminds you that friends are the family you choose. Their friendship is set against the backdrop of a small southern town hiding a sinister secret. Watching the story unfold is completely immersive and you’ll have trouble putting this book down in order to see what happens next. It is so well written that I found myself audibly shouting at characters in the book as if they could actually hear me! Don’t hesitate to buy this book! You’ll laugh and cry and get angry and cheer. You won’t be disappointed.
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  • Andy
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book as an advance copy to my local library, and as a fan of Rhett and Link who currently has it pre-ordered, I jumped on the chance to read it early. Overall - very, very pleasantly surprised. I'm not going to say I was ready to choke down whatever the novel ended up being, but as a writer myself, I feel like you need to have written before or read voraciously in order to write something others will enjoy reading. Apparently I underestimated how much the boys read, because this I received this book as an advance copy to my local library, and as a fan of Rhett and Link who currently has it pre-ordered, I jumped on the chance to read it early. Overall - very, very pleasantly surprised. I'm not going to say I was ready to choke down whatever the novel ended up being, but as a writer myself, I feel like you need to have written before or read voraciously in order to write something others will enjoy reading. Apparently I underestimated how much the boys read, because this was a solid novel. I was never tripped up by clunkiness or irrelevant passages, and what's more, the entire novel reads as something Rhett and Link wrote. Their humor is evident from page one, and especially in earlier chapters, I caught myself laughing out loud at jokes fan will definitely have a backstory with. It might be alienating to someone who's never watched their content, but not overly so - the best way I can describe the narrative throughout is like a knockoff YA Terry Pratchett. It requires you to be paying attention, and the humor is very satirical, especially in chapters that contain older characters. One warning: There's a ton (like, a ton) of psychological torture in this novel, all of it committed against teens, as well as some good-old physical torture. Nothing's too graphic, but trauma is a recurring theme, both experiencing it and surviving it. Anyone who, like me, is a fan and was on the fence about Rhett and Link's ability to write fiction can rest easy knowing that it's a good book, period. Would I recommend it to the uninitiated? I'm not sure, almost entirely because the main character's names are Rex and Lief. I mean, come on. You could have renamed yourself anything, and you went with that.
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  • Linda Bond
    January 1, 1970
    Things are not what they seem in Bleak Creek. Sure, given discipline by being sent to The Whitewood School to be re-socialized may not seem like that big a deal, but teens are terrified of having that happen to them, and for good reason. Some teens who are sent there don’t come back. Of course, they just experience accidents… or do they? When Leif and his friend Rex decide to shoot a video with the help of their friend Alicia, something goes wrong and she ends up being sent to Whitewood. What ha Things are not what they seem in Bleak Creek. Sure, given discipline by being sent to The Whitewood School to be re-socialized may not seem like that big a deal, but teens are terrified of having that happen to them, and for good reason. Some teens who are sent there don’t come back. Of course, they just experience accidents… or do they? When Leif and his friend Rex decide to shoot a video with the help of their friend Alicia, something goes wrong and she ends up being sent to Whitewood. What happens next is truly terrifying. This is a tension-filled thriller from the successful writing team of McLaughlin and Neal. It’s one to keep you up at night, especially if you’re a teen!I met this book at Auntie's Bookstore in Spokane, WA
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  • Reaperne
    January 1, 1970
    UHHHH HIIIIII OKAY SO YEAH OKOK I’M NOT HYPED WHAAA
  • ♠️ TABI ♠️
    January 1, 1970
    I mean I'm not a super fan of these two, but I know their stuff and I've loved what little I've seen . . . so yeah, I'll bite at this
  • Alicia Madgwick
    January 1, 1970
    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).
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  • Lizzy Bringhurst
    January 1, 1970
    Funny enough, although Link has always been my favorite in this duo, I found the book character based off him pretty annoying for most of the book. For example- YOU CAN'T JUST TAKE ALL THE PEANUTS OUT OF ANOTHER MAN'S TRAIL MIX! Common sense, dude. If the real Link does that to trail mix it might just be enough to make me switch to team Rhett.That being said, both Rex and Leif have such great character development in this book. The authors by no means make Rex and Leif idealized vers Funny enough, although Link has always been my favorite in this duo, I found the book character based off him pretty annoying for most of the book. For example- YOU CAN'T JUST TAKE ALL THE PEANUTS OUT OF ANOTHER MAN'S TRAIL MIX! Common sense, dude. If the real Link does that to trail mix it might just be enough to make me switch to team Rhett.That being said, both Rex and Leif have such great character development in this book. The authors by no means make Rex and Leif idealized versions of themselves, but fully lean into their flaws. This of course makes their growth in the story satisfying, and creates a great dynamic showing how their differences strengthen each other.GMM fans will appreciate their personalities shining through, right down to Link's hatred for tomatoes, but there is merit to anyone who reads it. It is a fast paced, exciting read that is easy to finish in a couple of nights. There were well developed female characters who passed the Bechtel test with flying colors. I especially loved Janine (did anyone else picture her as Stevie from GMM?). It was at times funny, and at times scary. It also speaks to the obsession that the American South has to respecting authority and tradition, and what the limitations to that are.It was a great little Halloween read, and I hope to be reading a sequel soon!
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    How fitting that this book is not only my first Goodreads giveaway win but also my 100th book of the year! We started watching Rhett and Link on their YouTube show, Good Mythical Morning, back in 2013 and loved it! It’s funny, entertaining, and these guys just seem so genuine. I was so excited to read this that I finished it in about 24 hours..I gave this book 5 stars and it deserves every one of them! It was a great combination of funny, thrilling, mysterious, and supernatural. One How fitting that this book is not only my first Goodreads giveaway win but also my 100th book of the year! We started watching Rhett and Link on their YouTube show, Good Mythical Morning, back in 2013 and loved it! It’s funny, entertaining, and these guys just seem so genuine. I was so excited to read this that I finished it in about 24 hours..I gave this book 5 stars and it deserves every one of them! It was a great combination of funny, thrilling, mysterious, and supernatural. One of the things that made me laugh the most is that the character names mirror Rhett and Link: Rex McClendon and Leif Nelson. The story pulled me in from the first page with one of my favorite writing techniques: a heart-pounding scene that quickly ends and leaves you hanging as to where it fits into the story. It only got better from there. The detailed descriptions of the school’s staff and weird practices make for a clear picture of just how freaky this place is..Rex and Leif are likable characters and the dynamics of their friendship are entertaining. The stunts they pull off together are so funny!.The more the mystery unfolds the harder it gets to put this book down. It was very suspenseful and I couldn’t figure out what was going on or be sure who was behind it..I’d recommend this book, especially if you love Good Mythical Morning!
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  • Kansas
    January 1, 1970
    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!ne 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!
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  • Mike Ventura
    January 1, 1970
    Love GMM, had to check this book out (of the library, sorry guys). Took a little while to get into it, put it down between each of the first four chapters. Being familiar with the author's work online, it was hard for me to get over "Rex and Leif" and callbacks to familiar 'Mythicalities' but once I did, I flew through the rest of this book in one sitting.Overall very pleased with the narrative, some shoehorning here and there but overall a great read. It felt like a supernatural ver Love GMM, had to check this book out (of the library, sorry guys). Took a little while to get into it, put it down between each of the first four chapters. Being familiar with the author's work online, it was hard for me to get over "Rex and Leif" and callbacks to familiar 'Mythicalities' but once I did, I flew through the rest of this book in one sitting.Overall very pleased with the narrative, some shoehorning here and there but overall a great read. It felt like a supernatural version of the movie "Hot Fuzz" where the elites of a sleepy town are all in on a dark secret that's bubbling just under the surface (no pun intended), but not spoken of. Even if your not a Beast, this book will entertain and delight!
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  • Desert Foothills Library
    January 1, 1970
    Just finished "Bleak Creek." I don't know what genre this book is. Not really horror. Not Sci-Fi. Not comedy or even a thriller. But the story was interesting. About three teenagers, two boys and a girl, who live in Bleak Creek, North Carolina, and a reform school with a lot of mystery behind it, as the girl (Alicia) is sent to the reform school, and the two boys start investigating what is going on there. Bleak Creek is a spring with an evil spirit. So it probably would be in the fantasy genre. Just finished "Bleak Creek." I don't know what genre this book is. Not really horror. Not Sci-Fi. Not comedy or even a thriller. But the story was interesting. About three teenagers, two boys and a girl, who live in Bleak Creek, North Carolina, and a reform school with a lot of mystery behind it, as the girl (Alicia) is sent to the reform school, and the two boys start investigating what is going on there. Bleak Creek is a spring with an evil spirit. So it probably would be in the fantasy genre. Didn't find too much humor in the book, although there is supposed to be. I would rate it 4 stars. --Library patron.
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  • B.
    January 1, 1970
    While this book provides stellar examples (highly accurate too) of how assinine and backwards living in a small town can be...it doesn't have a whole lot else going for it. I kept waiting for something to happen, and it just kind of meanders about. If you've got a discussion going on around page 20, and that same discussion is still going on at page 70...you're doing something wrong. There's no economy of word use, the characters are mostly unlikeable (though TBH that's got small town accuracy w While this book provides stellar examples (highly accurate too) of how assinine and backwards living in a small town can be...it doesn't have a whole lot else going for it. I kept waiting for something to happen, and it just kind of meanders about. If you've got a discussion going on around page 20, and that same discussion is still going on at page 70...you're doing something wrong. There's no economy of word use, the characters are mostly unlikeable (though TBH that's got small town accuracy written all over it), and the negatives associated with small town life are never capitalized on to boost the story forward. All in all, it reads like a very rough draft, and a lot of material would need to be culled before, IMO, it would be publication ready. I received an ARC through a goodreads giveaway in exchange for a review.
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  • Gerard Villegas
    January 1, 1970
    Look you're not getting any good literature here. This is the from the crazy minds of Rhett and Link of YouTuber fame. Despite this is being pop horror comedy, it was ridiculously fun.So the story goes that these group of friends live in this small conservative, religious town in South Carolina called Bleak Creek. Since there is nothing to do here other than sing hymns and try to smite down sinners with the teachings of the "good book", many of the rambunctious youths find themselves Look you're not getting any good literature here. This is the from the crazy minds of Rhett and Link of YouTuber fame. Despite this is being pop horror comedy, it was ridiculously fun.So the story goes that these group of friends live in this small conservative, religious town in South Carolina called Bleak Creek. Since there is nothing to do here other than sing hymns and try to smite down sinners with the teachings of the "good book", many of the rambunctious youths find themselves getting into trouble. In order to curb their behavior, they are sent to a reformatory school called Whitewood in order to deal with potential delinquents.A trio of friends shooting an amateur short film cause a faux pas, leading to one of them being sent to Whitewood. There, trouble brews for the inmate as this person is subjected to abuse and a warped sense of conversion therapy that the Westboro Church would endorse while a more sinister force pulls the strings. It is up to the remaining duo, along with a budding documentarian to rescue their friend and uncover the secrets of Whitewood.The book is a riot. Don't expect this to be earth shattering. It's pop horror and brain candy. The writing is to meant to be simple and quick. Think Patterson but with the articulation of Jeffree Star-James Charles feud.It's messy but you're in for the all the drama.
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