Bonnie Shimko.Publisher:Amazon, Children's Publishing.
Publication Date:March 26,2013.
Format|Pages: ARC E Book | 240.
~ARC Ecopy provided by Publisher, in exhcange of review~
You Know What You Have To Do , didn’t capture my attention like I thought it would. When I saw the cover and read the summary, I had a feeling that it was going be a dark novel and the type of book that I was going to love. However it wasn’t what I was expecting it to be. I enjoyed most of the book but I didn’t think that it was great. There was some aspects of the books that I enjoyed and was wondering what would happen next. There were other parts of book that made me wonder what Maggie was thinking. In general, it was a readable book and one that is worth giving a chance to.
This quirky, appealing YA novel turns formulaic teen fiction on its head as funny, feisty fifteen year-old Mary-Magdalene Feigenbaum (otherwise known as Maggie) suddenly faces more than the usual typical YA concerns: a voice in her head that is telling her to kill people. Not just anyone—each time the target is someone who has done something terrible to a person Maggie cares for.
You know what you have to do, the voice commands. Maggie struggles to resist, but the voice is relentless. With rising suspense, this story of psychological horror introduces a narrator whose own unique voice and irreverent humor are unforgettable—an unlikely hero fighting a desperate battle against incomprehensible evil.
Honestly, cover was the first that captured my attention. I believe that the cover for the book, would capture anyone’s attention, especially if they are into mystery, thriller or horror. The photograph on the cover of the book looks like the mix of three. The cover went pretty well with the summary and the actual plot of the novel. The girl of the cover looks so mysterious but at the same time, angry and dangerous. If looks could kill, hers would kill from first look. I could tell right away, by looking at picture that she was up to something, she looked like she was about to kill someone. When I first saw the cover, I did wonder what was happening, about to happen. Once I read the book, I could imagine what was going through her mind. I could see why she looked like she was about to kill somebody.
The book was bit slow for me, at least in beginning, it was bit hard to get into it. There didn’t seem to be much going on, and it was bit hard to keep on reading. But once it did pick up, once the actual started happening, I found myself getting into the book. I wanted to see what would happen next with Maggie, despite me being against her killings, I always wondered who her next victim would be. I was curious if anybody would figure out what she was doing. Once Lester figured out what she was up, I was sure she would kill him. Either that or that Lester would tell someone or even contact the police. I think that the reason that he didn’t was because he was afraid of her, afraid that she would end up killing him. At same time, I couldn’t believe that he actually let her get away with murders. What kind of person does that? That didn’t seem too realistic to me.
Maggie kind of annoyed me, at least part of the book. It seemed like she was constantly complaining, especially about her mother. It seemed like she was in between about the voices that were in her head, telling her to kill people. Part of her would listen to voice but another part of her, was trying to fight it, like when it told her to kill the baby and Lester. It didn’t seem like killings affected too, though she didn’t admit, I believe that she got joy of killing. I was hoping that she would get caught. That’s why the book was bit unrealistic to me, due to fact that she got away with murder and I have feeling that she was going keep on killing. I believe that she should at least gotten in some sort of trouble, or that Lester should at least called the police.
Book did keep my attention and made me curious what was going to happen with her next. At same time, it took me bit to read because there parts of book that I found myself not getting into. In general, it’s an easy, enjoyable read.