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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
When author Jesse Gordon warns you at the beginning of this book that "this novel is shit,” you either take it or leave it. Until I read Dookie, I had no idea that Gordon meant it literally. Brothers Kayleb and Noah Padalecki just moved into Lovéren; a cheap apartment complex with serious plumbing issues, managed by a creepy guy named Duane, and hosts Salsa Saturdays. When the maintenance worker turns up dead in the restroom, it’s the beginning of a series of freakish and revolting attacks by a sinister monster.
Alternating the POV between the characters made it easier for me to get to know them and their distinctive traits. Other than Doug and Alicia－or Alex and Marissa－I found the characters realistic. I do know several couples like Ty and Susan, eerily in the similar ‘stay-at-home husband and working wife’ dynamic. Noah is the laid-back, optimistic sibling, hitting on ladies as if there’s no tomorrow. Kayleb is the level-headed one and a hopeless romantic, which instantly makes him the one that I root for. His blossoming geek romance with his neighbor Ivie－another favorite character of mine－is sweet. The truth behind the attack is something that I wouldn’t have guessed. It’s a nice plot twist and Gordon gives it a great ending. Due to its massively excrement-related content, Dookie might alienate some readers, but Dookie is funny albeit disgusting at the same time. It’s a horror in its own right. And I’m really glad that it’s a short read!