Remember when Craiglist ads were where you went if you wanted to score some secondhand furniture or look for jobs? But do you also remember reading the personal ads to see what funny stories you could find there? Now imagine seeing this on the message board:
Women Seeking Men: I’m an 18-year-old female and I want to take a hit out on myself.
That’s the first page of Jason Fisk’s novel, The Craiglist Incident, and it’s quite a hook. Immediately, I wanted to devour the rest of the story to find out what could have brought a teenager to that as an option for her life/death.
The story is engaging and sad and I enjoy the storytelling techniques that the author uses to introduce characters and foreshadow their contributions to the plot so that the reader is surprised but not heartbroken at the twists and turns.
I wanted to cry while reading about Edna’s experiences in high school but I also enjoyed the snippets of Joe’s life even while they were separate, knowing that their paths would cross eventually but not sure how. I was quite intrigued by Joe’s episodes and how his mother explains them away with religion and I wondered how the author would resolve the religion and faith questions in the end.
The Craigslist Incident is quite an immersive plot with very well engaging writing. I would certainly recommend this book to fans of “Breakfast Club” or “Perks of Being a Wallflower” type stories that center on teenage characters going through tough transitory periods as they deal with the loss of a relationship with a significant adult.
This review wouldn’t be complete without adding a warning that there are lots of intense topics that may trigger readers who are sensitive to discussions about mental illness and abuse. There are multiple characters who deal with depression and have suicidal thoughts, there is discussion of suicidal attempts as well as a detailed presentation of a shooting incident. If this kind of content may be upsetting to you, The Craigslist Incident might not be the book for you. But, if you can view this kind of writing purely as entertainment, I would still recommend it for how it informs about the intersection of unresolved issues in the past affecting current situations.
Thanks to the author, Jason Fisk, for sending me a complimentary copy of The Craigslist Incident and to Trish from TLC Book Tours for scheduling me on the book’s publicity tour. I was not compensated for this post and the above reflects my honest opinion about the book.
In The Craiglist Incident, Edna Barrett takes out an advertisement on Craigslist: I’m an 18-year-old female and I want to take a hit out on myself. Joe Dolsen, a 20-year-old who has suffered from periodic blackouts his whole life, answers the ad. What would bring two young people to such ominous points at such young ages, and will they actually go through with it?
Title: The Craigslist Incident
Author: Jason Fisk
Publisher: Unsolicited Press