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Reading Robyn

I am a lover of libraries, a reader of everything, a girl easily swayed by pretty pictures, and overall just your average, nerdy fairy princess.

 

2013 is the year I'm finally keeping up a regular reading blog Reading Robyn! There I post extended versions of my GR reviews so be sure to check that out!

 

I always seem to be on the move having lived in seven cities and counting in my nineteen years. I'm not on the run from the law as many have assumed (at least I don't think so), but moving around has given me an appreciation for how places make stories and people make memories. While change is inevitable, books are the friends that I take with me from place to place. They comforted me when I was sick, they push me to continue to learn and grow into myself, and most importantly they opened me up to the possibilities of living in thousands of places all at once.

 

I primarily read YA fiction, as well as a lot of graphic novels and manga. However, I tend to be this combination of odd reads, so expect the unexpected!

 

Cheesy Life Quote: "In this world through which I travel, I am endlessly creating myself." - Frantz Fanon

As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth - Lynne Rae Perkins As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth is a book that I would describe as a contemporary adventure. For sixteen year old Ry this is the tale of how one misstep turned into his struggle to find his way back home. It's an interesting premise, but for me it fell rather flat. The spirit is there, but I never really connected with Ry. He never felt like a real person, or rather a convincing older teenage boy, and that made me question the believability of his situation more then once. This is another example of grade A parenting and avoidance of an obvious solution in order to tell a story. Which only gets worse when adults get involved in trying to help Ry on his journey home.Still, this did have it's redeeming qualities. I always enjoy coming across YA with a male protagonist in a coming of age story. There isn't enough of them and I'm hardly one to discourage this being read by it's more target audience. Also, despite it's flaws, the story being told was in some cases very interesting and is definitely a unique take on a road trip type novel. I would recommend this to younger YA readers, even going as low as middle grade. I would just try not to think to deeply about the plot and just go with it. This wasn't my type of book, but it has some aspects that I think will really appeal to a younger male audience. Even better, parents of pre-teen like creatures might be interested in using this type of story to explain to their kids how to deal with situations like say, talking to strangers or getting lost in an unfamiliar area.