I jumped at the chance to read and review, I Call Death Dad by TA Chase. I am always excited to read anything written by TA, so when I discovered she had written a Young Adult book, I knew I had to check it out. I'm glad I did, because I Call Death Dad was a real page turner. I was immediately caught up in the fast-paced and interesting storyline and I absolutely loved, Kyle, the main character.
Kyle had no idea the day he turned sixteen, his life would make an abrupt change. One moment, he's celebrating his birthday with his two best friends, and the next his mother is informing him he'll get to spend the summer with his mysterious father. Kyle is not thrilled with spending any amount of time with his dad. For one thing, his father hasn't spent any quality time with him what-so-ever so Kyle doesn't consider his father to be part of his life at all.
Kyle tries to convince his mother to allow him to stay home for the summer, but his mother is insistent. He doesn't understand her reasoning behind it, and when the first day of summer vacation comes, he's filled with dread because he the thought of spending months with a man he doesn't know worries him greatly. The next thing he knows, he's seeing ghosts, being chased by a Grim Reaper and has a father who is better known as "death". Now Kyle is wrapped up in a whirlwind of change and crazy events. If he survives the summer, will it end of being the best summer of his life?
I loved this book! Not only were all of the characters' well written, the nail biting, funny and sweet storyline kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book. There are plenty of surprises along the way, and there were many times I wondered what was going to be in store for Kyle. To find out that your dad is death when you're still trying to deal with being a teenager AND gay makes Kyle's young life a very interesting and unique read indeed.
I admit I haven't read many Young Adult books, but after I read this book, I decided to give the genre another look. I was completely engaged with the main character and his story. He's funny, sarcastic and ended up being a very strong character. With all of the world building in this book, I hope this is the beginning of a series. There were a few unanswered questions, but I hope they will be answered in a future book (s) to come. I definitely believe that readers of all ages will love I Call Death Dad, and I look forward to reading more about Kyle in the future.
When Death's your dad, you never look at life the same way again.
Okay, figuring out you're gay is hard enough, right? I mean I've barely admitted the truth to myself. Forget about telling anyone else about liking guys. I thought it would be the most difficult thing I had to deal with, until my dad showed up to claim me for the summer.
Did I mention I hadn't seen him for more than twenty minutes each birthday? Seriously, he couldn't be bothered to visit me any other time, yet now he expects me to welcome him with open arms.
Well, did I mention he's Death? And his plans for me will change my life.