Smackdown Books 2018

Wolf Hollow
Salt to the Sea
The Serpent King
Optimists Die First
The Hate U Give
Orphan Island
Dan vs. Nature
The Female of the Species
Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere
Paper Girls, Vol. 1
The Passion of Dolssa
The Distance Between Us
When We Collided
Louis parmi les spectres
Girl in the Blue Coat
Defy the Stars

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour vs Flash Burnout

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour is a predictable yet satsifying story about two teens who are dealing with loss. Amy is trying to come to terms with the death of her father while Roger is trying to make sense of his breakup with his girlfriend. As the two of them travel across the United States from California to the east coast they learn about healing and about each other.

I liked the little extras - copies of receipts from sightseeing excursions, restaurants, mini-marts, and hotels as well as music lists (which I stopped reading about halfway through). Even though I knew exactly where Amy and Roger's Epic Detour was headed I enjoyed the journey. This would be an excellent recommendation to girls who enjoyed "13 Little Blue Envelopes" or "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants".

Flash Burnout tells a story that is at times hilarious and at others poignant. Blake takes a picture of a homeless woman for his photography class and she ends up being the meth addicted mother of someone he knows. Being a good friend wreaks havoc with his relationships with his girlfriend and family.
I loved Blake's voice. His description of his father's work as a medical examiner who deals with the "metabolically challenged" had me laughing out loud. I also chuckled at the fact that the name of the dog his family adopted is "The Dog Formerly Known as Prince" (they didn't like the name the dog originally came with). This is a book that can be enjoyed by both boys and girls.

Both books were very good but I cast my vote for Flash Burnout because I believe it has mass appeal. We'll have to see what Mona and Lisa have to say before we know which book moves on.

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