instructions designed to push Lottie out of her comfort zone. Soon, Lottie’s trying some writing of her own, leaping off cliffs, and even falling for a boy she’s only just met. Then the letters reveal an extraordinary secret about the inspiration for the Alvin Hatter series. Lottie finds herself faced with an impossible choice, one that will force her to confront her greatest fear once and for all.
My Rating: 98%
What a fantastic summer road trip story. I have to say, I am all about three things:
First of all, the fact that the author did such a great job creating a very real trip and didn't make it too over the top is fantastic. She also played up little moments throughout Amy and Roger's journey highlighting that this adventure could (and should) happen to any one of us. I also enjoyed how Morgan Matson included a few pages before each chapter and made them into snippets of Amy's "road trip diary". It added some fun visuals and really rounded out the story.
Secondly, I loved reading about all of Amy and Roger's stops. The way that Matson describes some of the firsts that they experience is unique. She makes even the small firsts a really big deal, and I could feel the significance as a reader. Everything from wardrobe changes to a new burger was a unique experience, and it really made every moment standout. A great part of this book was that even thought it was very fun and lighthearted, it still showed the characters growing as people as they experienced things outside of their comfort zones.
Amy has made her way into my top female character list for sure. She is a little nerdy, and absolutely loves musicals. For me (as a lover of musicals myself), it was a very welcome surprise to find a character who shares the same interests as me. The little moments throughout the book where Amy and Roger made playlists together was something I found really funny. Amy keeps telling Roger that they should listen to his music, because she know he won't want to listen to musical recordings. When he finally makes her play some of her music, it's such a cute moment, and something you won't fully appreciate unless you listen to musicals yourself.
I also have to point out ALL THE LOVE I have for Roger as a wholesome character. Can you take me on a road trip? Fair warning, if you asked, I WOULD SAY YES. (Also if any one of you guys want to road trip it with me, that answer is also a yes. So much spontaneity and book loving all in one post.)
If you are looking for a book to wrap up your summer reading, be sure to pick this one up! Have you already read it? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments below!
The soon-to-be junior in high school,
The best discoveries always happened to the people who weren't looking for them.
― Morgan Matson, Amy & Roger's Epic Detour
My Rating: 98%
I picked this book up on a whim after only hearing about it a couple of times. I had just read Wires and Nerve, the graphic novel companion to the Lunar Chronicles, and really enjoyed it. So, I decided to try out a standalone graphic novel, and what a great decision it was! I am actually really into art, especially art that tells a story. This one, in particular, was so well done, I couldn't have asked for anything better. It was a quick, fun summer read, and it has also become one of my favorite books.
First of all, as I was flipping through this book in the bookstore, I loved the style of all the drawings in the book. It really helps convey the emotions of the characters and the world in which they live. I also really liked how each chapter of the book had its own color scheme. This was one of my favorite elements in the book because it gave each chapter its own mood and helped to differentiate between settings and which characters were involved.
Also, this book was hilarious. I laughed so many times reading this book, it's not even funny. (See what I did there?) There are so many little moments of dialogue that are the kind of funny that take you by surprise. The relationship between Nimona and Blackheart is perfect, and every scene they're in together was a great one. I also loved the unique relationship between Blackheart and Goldenloin. Both relationships are not what you would expect, which I think really adds to the quirkiness and comedy of the novel.
I'm not sure if it was because this book was such a quick read, but I really took notice of all the little foreshadowing moments throughout the story. There were a lot of small things that happened where I thought, "She referenced that earlier," or "Someone mentioned something like that." Little things like that are what make a book go from good to great for me.
Overall, this book was a great story about heroics, and what it truly means to be a hero. If you have read it or plan on reading it in the future, please let me know in the comments!
As she tries to turn into a shark,
You can't just go round murdering people. There are rules, Nimona.
― Noelle Stevenson, Nimona
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While she contemplates life decisions,
We have all sorts of words that could describe us. But we get to choose which ones are most important.”
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While she shops for jeans,
You know what the secret is? It's so simple. We love one another. We're nice to one another. Do you know how rare that is?"
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As she waits for her own hunky writer boyfriend,
I could do this. If whole galaxies could change, so could I.”
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As she discovers the universe's secrets,
I bet you could sometimes find all the mysteries of the universe in someone's hand.”
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From her summer dreams,
It's the imperfections that make things beautiful"
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From her summer dreams,
And I've realized that the Beatles got it wrong. Love isn't all we need - love is all there is."
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