Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him.
When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.
However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie up some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave (Goodreads, 2020).
Things I Enjoyed: As a fan of mythology I enjoyed learning a bit about the gods of Mayan and Mexican mythology. This was in fact the second time that I’ve seen references to Santa Muerte mentioned having earlier stumbled on references to her in the tv show Penny Dreadful City of Angels. I liked getting a bit more information on her in this book as well as her battles with the Jaguar god, Balam.
I always like reading thought provoking books and I thought that this was definitely one. Though I am not a part of the LGBTQ community I found Aiden Thomas’ book very illuminating when it came to the pain and the various struggles experienced by transgender individuals. I felt for Yadirel every time his family wasn’t understanding. It was painful to see how he had to struggle between being himself and not alienating his family.
Things I Didn’t Enjoy: I thought that the culprit of the mystery Yadriel and his friends were trying to solve was too obvious. I also felt that the last part of the book was a bit too angsty and drawn out for my taste.
Overall Thoughts: This was an entertaining yet thought provoking read. I think the ghost story elements make it a perfect Halloween read. A 4 out of 5 star read for me and one I’d recommend.
Quotes I Enjoyed:
They would see him as he was, a boy and a brujo”
How long after he was gone would Yadriel be dreaming of Julian and this drive”
Their blatant rejection felt personal because it was personal. It was an outright rejection of who he was