Being in high school sucks. Just ask Richard “Tex” McKenna, a Kansas sophomore. Dealing with bullying, burgeoning love, the loss of parents, and dodge ball is bad enough. To top it off, he's just found out he's a witch! Oh, and fellow students are being murdered. The suspicious eyes of local law enforcement are looking right at Tex and his loyal group of friends. And so is the killer. Will Tex's new-found skills prove helpful? Or cause even more problems? (Goodreads)
I'm serious people: go grab a copy of this book! I seriously loved it. I'd heard good things from friends before I started it, and was definitely curious, but I had no idea how awesome it would be. And how funny! I seriously laughed a lot, especially with Olivia. What a awesome character. Tex was also very real, and very complex. I seriously felt like I knew him by the time I finished. Great pacing, great world building, great mystery (which I actually didn't guess correctly, lol!), and overall a book I highly recommend.
I'll also point out that this book deals with something I find very important: bullying. I was shocked at some of the antics the students perpetrated against each other, and was horrified that they got away with them! Then to read at the end that West has seen all of these things occur in real life? Blew my mind. Hats off to West for such a realistic edge to this story, and helping people realize how much impact it has, along with encouraging ways to help battle bullying.
(Oh, and side note: thanks a million to everyone who helped out with the title issue from Friday! I think, maybe, perhaps I actually have something worked out :) I did promise bookmarks to one commenter, so Nas, shoot me an email if you get a chance!)
Have you read Tex? Seen so horribly bullying? I'd love to hear your thoughts!