The Monster on the Road Is Me It starts with the crows When you see them you know he s found you 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 watermel

  • Title: The Monster on the Road Is Me
  • Author: J.P. Romney
  • ISBN: 9780374316549
  • Page: 218
  • Format: Hardcover
  • It starts with the crows When you see them, you know he s found you.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 inIt starts with the crows When you see them, you know he s found you.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

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    1. I'd never seen or heard of this book before I stumbled across it in a Barnes and Noble. The cover caught my eye but it was the title that made me pick it up. I read a couple of pages and I bought it right away. I loved the writing and the concept was original. I loved that this book took place in Japan and I thought the Japanese mythology was really interesting. I really liked Koda and he often had me laughing. Most of the time when the synopsis' for books claim that the book is "witty" or "humo [...]

    2. Myths, Supernatural and Japanese Monsters I love Japanese culture and myths. Especially when it comes to the supernatural. Adding weirdness and you have a whole lot of interesting story about demonic monsters and trolls that haunts a small town. The Monster on the Road Is Me is a story of a fifteen year old boy name Koda Okita, a son of a shiitake (mushroom) farmer who happens to be a narcoleptic that he needs to wear a big helmet to protect himself whenever he gets an attack. It begins with the [...]

    3. The Monster on the Road Is Me was a very different kind of book than I usually read but enjoyed. I liked the descriptions of the characters and events, but will be leery of crows. I think the author needs a glossary for the Japanese words.

    4. Huge thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy of this for review!Guys this book was FANTASTIC. It's on my list of "authentic books set in Japan". (For those of you just tuning in, I lived in Japan for seven years.) The author DID live in Japan, so I went into this with high hopes. At first I thought it was going to fall prey to the "I know a lot about Japan let me show off my superior knowledge and Japanese skills" but that soon fell to the wayside. There IS a lot of Japanese in this tha [...]

    5. School Library JournalROMNEY, J.P. The Monster on the Road Is Me. 336p. ebook available. Farrar. Aug. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780374316549.Gr 7 Up—Koda Okita may be a social outcast, but he has wit and charm to spare. Sure, he's the son of shitake mushroom farmers and must wear a giant helmet to protect himself during narcoleptic falls, but there's something special about him. Or at least that's what Moya, a mysterious new girl at school, keeps telling him. There have been a series of suicides [...]

    6. This is one of the strangest books I've ever read and I can't stop thinking about it. One of the things that really put me off was the amount of Japanese language words that are in the book. It requires a fair amount of guessing what the words mean (unless you already know Japanese, which I do not) however, the characters in the book are so interesting and so compelling and so hilarious, it's really worth the effort. It's about a 15 year old named Koda who in addition to being the only son of a [...]

    7. While designated as a YA novel, this book is not just for the younger reader. The writing is clever, sophisticated, disarming, and funny all at the same time. Set in Japan and drawing on Japanese mythology, the novel tells the story of Koda, a teenager with the unfortunate life challenge of narcolepsy brought on by stress so his parents make him wear a pretty gigantic helmet. You can see the YA appeal as most can emphasize with the young protagonist who sticks out from his peers due to parental [...]

    8. I read about 130 pages. I think the writing is good; it's clever and well constructed. The story is interesting and the characters are good. I just wasn't able to get into the book right away and now it feels forced. I actually think it might be the use of italicized Japanese throughout. It's very distracting for me, though I think others might find it a cultural strength of the book. So, I read the last two chapters because I wanted to know how it ends!I would definitely recommend this book to [...]

    9. The Monster on the Road is in incredibly eccentric tale full Japanese culture wrapped up in non-stop dark humor. The main character Koda easily made his way into my heart, and I could not put this down. I still struggle with the fact that this is a debut novel! I have never experienced anything like this and I doubt I will again. Full review here.

    10. As someone with a background in Japanese studies, I'm glad that books with Japanese settings and characters are finally taking off as publishing material. It's a culture with a lot of great storytelling potential, with plenty of mythical creatures and heroes to bring life to the pages.First off, I would like to praise the attention to detail. This was clearly a labor of love and you can feel Romney's experiences living in the Japanese countryside as you turn the pages: the convenience store, the [...]

    11. I loved this book so much that I read it in one day!! I fell in love with Romney's writing style, with its not-so-subtle sarcasm, reflected in varying ways in different characters. My favorite part overall though was how Romney so accurately captures Japanese culture and approaches difficult issues, like suicide, mental illness, and overwork. I firmly believe that one of the best ways to look at these issues is through the lens of magical realism, which allows us to see ourselves in the characte [...]

    12. This book was really interesting because of all the characters and the fact that it was based on old Japanese stories. The plot is cool but it was kinda hard to understand. The author uses a lot of Japanese words in the book and half the time doesn't even translate what it means. It was annoying to have to look up the translation. Anyways, the main character, a boy, Koda, who has narcolepsy, keeps falling asleep and so it's confusing when he starts to sleep, when he wakes up, or when it's just a [...]

    13. This book is funny, smart, and unique. The intro grabbed me and the humor had me laughing on almost every page. The humor did keep the same pace or frequency through the whole book which was disappointing. There are a lot of Japanese words and names in this story which makes it a little hard to follow. Enjoyable but with some drawbacks.

    14. Not as scary as I was hoping for it to be. It is sort of a much tamer version of Cemetery Boys (Brewer). Good for Middle Schoolers looking for a creepy, paranormal story laced with humor and just a hint of romance.

    15. The unusual story is listed as YA but as an adult I found it very enjoyable. The plot and setting are unique and interesting, and the main character is funny and sarcastic. I enjoyed this very much.Recommended.

    16. A thrilling, thoughtful, thoroughly terrifying novel about heroism, death, and darkness. Gripping and satisfying.

    17. My favorite book. This combined everything I love: fantasy, mythology, interesting teen male protagonist, foxes, and Japan.

    18. The cover of this book is gorgeous and I love the title, which I think is why I picked it up. I liked the voice of our protagonist, he was charming and dorky. I didn't even hate the love story - it was cute and didn't overshadow the plot which was about supernatural demons exacting revenge on people. Good stuff.

    19. I received a copy of this title from PanMacmillan Australia for review.A Top Book of 2016 pick!Ten Second Synopsis:When people begin committing suicide at Koda's school in bizarre fashion, Koda initially doesn't think it has much to do with himuntil a mysterious girl keeps popping into his life and his narcoleptic attacks become more frequent.d much more vivid.Given that this is a Japanese story written by an American author, it would be reasonable to think that there may be some cultural aspect [...]

    20. This was an interesting book, to be sure. The Monster in the Road Is Me is the debut work of author J.P. Romney (who also works on the Biblioclast Podcast). Romney spent some time in Japan teaching, which clearly had a profound impact on him. Romney takes this experience and delves into Japanese folklore - something that is becoming quite a trend in middle grade and young adult fiction - with the story of Koda. Koda is a fifteen year old boy who wears a helmet so he doesn't knock himself out if [...]

    21. 3.5 will do nicely, I think. Not a perfect book by any means, but the storytelling, atmosphere, and lore were really great. Some of the dialogue bothered me. It felt forced, trying to be funny, and it really wasn't. There were some parts that did make me chuckle, but not nearly as many as I think were SUPPOSED to be funny. This book is dark, endearing, silly, and a whole mess of other things, but it's also really odd. It's definitely a fantasy novel, but it also features a protagonist with narco [...]

    22. The Monster on the Road Is Me was a phenomenal book. It was so different from other things I read which is why I loved it so much. You won't have an experience like this with any other young adult novel. I quickly fell in love with the main character, Koda, who was so easy to relate to and instantly felt like he would have been my best friend. His character was very witty and sarcastic and kept me laughing throughout the unfortunate events that occurred. There were some Japanese words in the boo [...]

    23. I'm still not entirely sure what I think about this book. I enjoyed the quirky characters and the Japanese mythology, and overall the book was a quick read. This is the kind of "horror" novel that I like - not too scary. However, the random interruptions of Japanese phrases in the text annoyed me. I wish the author had included a glossary of Japanese words in the book. Every time I came across a phrase in Japanese I had to decide if there was enough context for me to figure out what it meant or [...]

    24. This is one of those books that pulls you in so strongly and powerfully and is so immersive that it's difficult to put down. One of the most memorable aspects is the Japanese setting; J. P Romney fully embraces Japanese culture and weaves in elements of culture and language and mythology, and it's captivating. The characters are excellently written as well; they're likeable and fun to be around, even the villains have hints of humour here and there. Overall, it's funny, smart, and at times beaut [...]

    25. Graded By: Mandy C.Cover Story: FirefoxBFF Charm: Big SisterSwoonworthy Scale: 1Talky Talk: Modern Mukashibanashi (“Tales of Long Ago")Bonus Factors: Mysterious Loner Lady, NarcolepsyAnti-Bonus Factor: SuicideRelationship Status: Just FriendsRead the full book report here.

    26. 2.5/5Fun story, but I didn't really connect with it on more than a surface level. (And—this is totally a 'merican problem—while I found the Japanese terms sprinkled throughout the novel interesting, the lack of context clues and having to go figure out their definitions really killed my reading flow.)Check out my full review on Forever Young Adult.

    27. That read requires some research if you as ignorant about Japan as me. Once you're done - everything makes sense and easier to visualize. If you need comparing, it reminded me of Where Things Come Back. Totally recommend, easy read and so on

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