The Monster on the Road Is Me

The Monster on the Road Is Me

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Koda Okita is a high school student in modern day Japan who isn't very popular. He suffers from narcolepsy and has to wear a watermelon sized helmet to protect his head in case he falls. But Koda couldn't care less about his low social standing. He is content with taking long bike rides and hanging out in the convenience store parking lot with his school dropout friend, Haru. But when a rash of puzzling deaths sweeps his school, Koda discovers that his narcoleptic naps allow him to steal the thoughts of nearby supernatural beings. He learns that his small town is under threat from a ruthless mountain demon that is hell bent on vengeance. With the help of a mysterious and not to mention very cute classmate, Koda must find a way to take down this demon. But his unstable and overwhelming new abilities seem to have a mind of their own...The Monster on the Road Is Me is a darkly comic debut novel about the unexpected strength we find when we are tested beyond our limits.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 147 x 218 x 29mm | 404g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0374316546
  • 9780374316549
  • 1,416,383

Review quote

"Romney's tale of modern-day Japan crossed with Japanese folklore is suffused with abundant humor, as his wisecracking teens navigate situations fraught with dark and dramatic irony. A confident debut that is at once ominous and laugh-out-loud funny." --Kirkus Reviews

"Original writing, unusual villains, and considerable humor make for a fast-paced and creepy adventure that readers will adore." --Miriam DesHarnais, School Library Journal

"The mix of modern Japanese culture and ancient stories and characters is impressive, and Romney balances it all well, keeping unflappable Koda and his sardonic bluster firmly in the center. . . . [a] strong debut novel." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"[A] refreshing take on the classic good-versus-evil tale." --Booklist
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About Jp Romney

JP Romney has a longstanding love affair with teaching and Japan. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in history in 2006, he had the opportunity to combine his two interests by teaching English in the small mountain town of Hidaka through the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme. JP came to love the culture, beliefs, myths, and daily living in small towns throughout Japan. As an added benefit, he was able to gather ample material for his first novel. He lives in Pennsylvania.
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Rating details

198 ratings
3.72 out of 5 stars
5 23% (45)
4 38% (75)
3 30% (60)
2 7% (14)
1 2% (4)
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