A Bad Day for Voodoo

A Bad Day for Voodoo

Book - 2012
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When your best friend is just a tiny bit psychotic, you should never actually believe him when he says, "Trust me. This is gonna be awesome." Of course, you probably wouldn't believe a voodoo doll could work either. Or that it could cause someone's leg to blow clean off with one quick prick. But I've seen it. It can happen. And when there's suddenly a doll of YOU floating around out there - a doll that could be snatched by a Rottweiler and torn to shreds, or a gang of thugs ready to torch it, or any random family of cannibals - really, do you need the danger here spelled out for you? - well, you know that's just gonna be a really bad day...
Publisher: Naperville, Ill. Sourcebooks Fire c2012.
ISBN: 9781402266805
1402266804
9781451768084
1451768087
Branch Call Number: YA FICTION Strand Jeff 08/2012
Characteristics: x, 251 p. ;,21 cm.

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Tyler thinks the voodoo doll Adam got him is a joke, but when he uses it their teacher actually dies. Adam also has a voodoo doll of Tyler, and their quest to return it and have its magic canceled before Tyler gets hurt is epically disastrous.

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JCLChrisK Dec 31, 2013

"I knew that if I were to ever write about this experience, I'd have to do so with an inappropriately lighthearted tone to help me cope with the horrors I'd witnessed."
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Lighthearted is an outlandish understatement. Better descriptors for this book: ludicrous, self-aware, meta, c... Read More »


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Vilka Aug 11, 2014

Lots of fun. Briskly-paced, lighthearted horror-comedy along the lines of 'Shaun of the Dead', but without all the zombies. Tyler studied really hard for that test, but his mean teacher gave him an F because someone else cheated off him. Idiot friend Adam gets Tyler a voodoo doll for petty revenge, but it works too well. Now their teacher is in hospital and idiot Adam is paranoid that Tyler is going to tell on him to the police--which leads to a crazy chase through town trying to find a misplaced voodoo doll before anything else can go horribly wrong.

JCLChrisK Dec 31, 2013

"I knew that if I were to ever write about this experience, I'd have to do so with an inappropriately lighthearted tone to help me cope with the horrors I'd witnessed."
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Lighthearted is an outlandish understatement. Better descriptors for this book: ludicrous, self-aware, meta, cynical, snarky, outlandish, and fun. Most especially fun. You might call it a comedy of errors, except instead of comedy it's a horror and instead of errors there are a string of the most random, extreme turns of events imaginable.
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It all starts when Tyler decides to amuse Adam, his best friend, who has bought a voodoo doll of the teacher who wrongly gave Tyler an F on a test for being cheated off of. Except when Tyler pricks the doll's leg, the teacher's leg disconnects from his body and goes shooting across the room. Then when, arguing about their guilt and likelihood of getting caught, they tussle and fall on Tyler's backpack, bending the neck of the doll, the teacher inexplicably dies from a broken neck on the operating table. Adam panics, worries Tyler might turn on him, and purchases a voodoo doll of Tyler. He eventually comes to his senses, but the quest to return the doll and have its magic canceled before Tyler gets hurt is epically disastrous.
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"After today, everything would be easy. Pop quiz? Hey, not as bad as having five thugs point guns at you! Grounded for a week? Could be worse, like losing body parts! Can't get a date for the prom? Quit whining and happily think about the fact that you aren't currently having a pizza cutter applied to your chest! My life was nothing but ease and relaxation from now on."
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Just keep in mind the answer to the question, "Is this book totally realistic?" from the FAQ at the front of the book:
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"Yes. No matter how silly things get, no matter how weird the characters act, and no matter how far somebody is able to walk with a severely injured foot and not bleed to death, rest assured that every single word in this book is exactly how things would happen in real life. When you find yourself saying, "C'mon, that's so unrealistic!" just remember that you're wrong."

This book is the most craziest, weirdest, awesomest and funniest book I have ever read. :D

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noora10
Jul 16, 2013

This has got to be one of the funniest books I have ever read! Fans of John Green and his videos and Jordan Sonnenblick would love this book! Jeff Strand is a great writer!

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supremeprime
Feb 19, 2013

Really good book! A bit graphic, but a great read!

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vcortes5
Dec 22, 2012

so it makes u think twice before playing with something u have no idea of. Don't think it's not possible. It is and this books leaves u second guessing. Enjoy it great book.

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noora10
Jul 16, 2013

All caps= chapter title.

INTERMISSION: Take a break and read the Hunger Games again.
CHAPTER 16: [excerpt from Chapter 1] Whoa. Why did the first chapter suddenly show up? That wasn't supposed to happen. Must of been a software glitch. Sorry about the technical difficulties... I guess that intermission threw everybody off a bit. We've got it sorted out now, though, and here's the real Chapter 16.

vsreads Apr 30, 2013

From the FAQs at the beginning:

"Q: Is any material in this book inappropriate for teenagers or those who wish to become teeagers someday?

A:Oh yeah. All of it. Teenagers, don't let any responsible adults catch you reading this, because they will absolutely freak. They'll flap their arms around and shout, "This is going to destroy society! Kids copy everything in books! All is lost, all is lost!"

(Note to librarians: I'm only kidding. It's not that bad. I mean, it's gorier than Winnie the Pooh, and the word "crap" is used fifteen times, but none of the major curse words are represented, and nobody gets nekkid.)

(Note to teenagers: Or DO they...?)

vsreads Apr 30, 2013

“I cursed. (S-word, f-word, s-word, d-word, s-word times three, f-word, and a z-word I made up on the spot.)
I kicked a brick wall.
I said the z-word again in response to the pain that came from kicking a brick wall.”

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noora10
Jul 16, 2013

Violence: Lots of blood! Limbs that get "cut" off. Severed toes.

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