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Guest Review: Thou Shalt Not Road Trip by Antony John

Posted February 5, 2013 by Ames in Reviews | 3 Comments

Ames’ review of Thou Shalt Not Road Trip by Antony John.

Main Character:  Luke
Love Interest:  Fran
Series: n/a
Author: Website|Facebook|Goodreads

When sixteen-year-old Luke’s book, Hallelujah, becomes a national bestseller, his publishing house sends him on a cross-country book tour with his older brother, Matt, as chauffeur. But when irresponsible Matt offers to drive Luke’s ex–soul mate, Fran, across the country too, things get a little crazy. On the trip, Luke must loosen up, discover what it truly means to have faith, and do what it takes to get the girl he loves.

The title of this book should have tipped me off to what the content would be about, but I was totally oblivious to the religious overtone.  LOL  Even the beginning didn’t clue me in.

Luke Dorsey is a 16 year old who wrote an inspirational book and he’s getting ready to head off on a book tour.  The book begins with an excerpt from Luke’s own book and I have to admit, it had me laughing out loud.  It was about his brother making fun of him for being so short, and there was mention of a leprechaun.  It had me laughing and I thought I was in for a fun ride.  But oh no – the book did not live up to that initial promise.

It all started with Luke’s older brother, Matt, who is going to chauffeur Luke across America on his book tour.  He kind of takes over things and Luke is powerless to stop him.  But that’s a bit misleading – Luke doesn’t really put up much of a fight when Matt takes over.  He could have called his parents or his publicist from the hotel or something if he didn’t really care for the way things were going.  And Matt was such a jerk!  He made Luke late to several book signings and that’s only one aspect of what he did on their road trip.  The other is inviting his girlfriend and his girlfriend’s sister along.  Luke and Fran were friends the year before, like best friends.  But Fran changed and that change is in part of why Luke wrote the book he did.  Him and Fran are no longer friends and she makes things very uncomfortable for him.  That wasn’t too bad, but the way Matt went about bringing them along and the reason why he takes over the road trip is just so freaking selfish.  It annoyed the hell out of me.  And Luke’s “it wasn’t me, it was out of my control” victim routine was also annoying.  Ugh.  I do not like doormat characters and Luke was the epitome of that.

I can’t be too hard on the book though because Luke does learn some lessons along the way (and he backslides a bit but comes through in the end) and I can see this being a good book to someone who doesn’t have the same issues with the characters as I did.  But I just couldn’t get past my annoyance.  There were some other laugh out loud moments but not many.

Another cool thing that I was able to do with this book was follow along on google maps.  Luke and Matt go on the old Route 66 highway and the things they saw and the places they visited I was able to look up.  It makes me want to go on a road trip of my own.  😛

Thou Shalt Not Road Trip gets a C from me.  It was ok.

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Book Watch: Thou Shalt Not Road Trip by Antony John.

Posted November 4, 2011 by Rowena in Promotions | 7 Comments


In an effort to support the ladies over at Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing and Chick Loves Lit, all of my book watches for the month of November will all be contemporary YA. I post upcoming releases that I’m looking forward to reading every Friday and to be honest, most of the books that I’m usually looking forward to are all contemporary YA books anyway.

This week’s book is Thou Shalt Not Road Trip by Antony John. Check out the blurb:

One crazy road trip that’s a mix of rejection, redemption, and romance

When sixteen-year-old Luke’s book, Hallelujah, becomes a national bestseller, his publishing house sends him on a cross-country book tour with his older brother, Matt, as chauffeur. But when irresponsible Matt offers to drive Luke’s ex—soul mate, Fran, across the country too, things get a little crazy. On the trip, Luke must loosen up, discover what it truly means to have faith, and do what it takes to get the girl he loves.

Told with Antony John’s signature wit and authenticity, and featuring smart, singular characters who jump off the page and into your heart, this story is a spiritual awakening and rockin’ road trip in one.

This sounds like something that is right up my alley of a good reading time. Being stuck in a car on a road trip with your ex has got to be pure torture and I’m all about it. I enjoyed that storyline in The Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt so I’m hopeful that Antony John’s spin on the storyline will work fine just for me, especially since I thoroughly enjoyed his debut novel.

According to the Barnes and Noble website, this book comes out on April 12, 2012 so mark your calendars lovely readers. This book promises to be a good time and I’m so going to be there to enjoy it.

Click here and here for more Just Contemporary goodness. The good time lasts all month long.

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Review: Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John.

Posted November 11, 2010 by Rowena in Reviews | 5 Comments


Main Character: Piper
Love Interest: Ed Chen (highlight to find out)
Series: None
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The Challenge: Piper has one month to get the rock band Dumb a paying gig.

The Deal: If she does it, Piper will become the band’s manager and get her share of the profits.

The Catch: How can Piper possibly manage one egomaniacal pretty boy, one talentless piece of eye candy, one crush, one silent rocker, and one angry girl? And how can she do it when she’s deaf?

Piper can’t hear Dumb’s music, but with growing self-confidence, a budding romance, and a new understanding of the decision her family made to buy a cochlear implant for her deaf baby sister, she discovers her own inner rock star and what it truly means to be a flavor of Dumb.

I’m participating in another ARC Tour, hosted by the awesome Holly over Good Golly Miss Holly. I’ve received some pretty awesome stories from ARC Tours and I can’t say enough how awesome the ARC Tours is. Holly did a phenomenal job keeping track of everything and I appreciate her efforts in keeping things moving along.

You rock Holly!

Anyway, on with the review. This book follows Piper as she takes up the manager position of an up and coming rock band, Dumb. Yep, that’s their name. It’s pretty crazy how Piper gets roped into being the manager because she’s the manager of a music band and she’s….deaf.

How does this work, you ask? It just does. And while this book really does focus on the band and their emergence onto the Seattle music scene, the book was more than just a book about a manager and her band. It was about a deaf teenager struggling to find her place in the world. Piper is struggling with being deaf at school, at play and most definitely at home. The relationship she has with her family at the beginning of this book is totally dysfunctional and you can’t help but feel for her struggles with trying to talk to her parents and to communicate with her brother. Piper wasn’t born deaf, she started losing her hearing when she turned six years old and it got worse and worse as time went on until she was completely deaf. She now sports a hot pink hearing aid (the same one that she got as a kid) and she can read lips like a pro but she’s very self conscious about not being able to hear.

I really enjoyed this book and I can’t say enough good things about it. John did a phenomenal job of sucking me into the story right from the very beginning. As we watched Piper take on the responsibility of getting Dumb a paying gig and then seeing her battle it out with her parents over her baby sister’s cochlear implants that were paid with her college fund, you couldn’t help but sympathize with her. But as much as I sympathized with her, I never once pitied her. Piper was strong and she was smart and she totally grew into her own over the course of this book and I enjoyed every minute of it all.

I enjoyed getting to know the band right along with her and I enjoyed watching things build and build and build until she finally got it right because boy did she get it wrong quite a few times but when things finally work themselves out, you can’t help but be glad for Piper, for the band and for everyone really….except the dick of a lead singer.

I adored the friendship that blossomed between Piper, Tash and Kallie. All three girls were so different and yet they became such good friends that by the time the end came around, I loved the heck out of each of them.

The romantic element in this story was another great addition to the story. I loved Piper and love interest, I loved getting to know Piper’s family and really, I just adored the whole book. On Twitter, after I finished the book, I said that the book was cute but that was wrong. Cute is too light a word to describe this book. It was so much more than just cute.

John captured my interest with a deaf manager of a music band but he kept me interested with a delightful cast of characters and a story that fell right off of the pages. I enjoyed reading this book and I can’t recommend it enough. If you’re looking for a good contemporary story about a band then this is the book for you!

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