Books for Younguns, Young Adults and the Young-at-Heart

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Thou Shalt Not Road Trip

Sixteen-year-old Luke has written a book that's taking the Christian world by storm.  It tells the story of his path to enlightenment, but is he really enlightened after all?  He'll find out when his book tour with his brother suddenly includes Fran, his former youth group friend who now sports piercings, tattoos and purple hair.

Thou Shalt Not Road Trip is the second novel from local author Antony John.

Readers who enjoyed the journey of self-discovery and field trips to rock star's homes in Five Flavors of Dumb (previously reviewed) will find much to like about this book.  Luke's book tour takes him to numerous sights along Route 66, but also toward discovering his own motivations in alienating his old friend and writing his book.  There are enough little mysteries and things that don't add up to keep you guessing, although I doubt the average reader will be as clueless and trusting about them as Luke.  This story may have the most resonance for those who grew up in Sunday school and church youth groups, however it is far from preachy, so the religious aspects shouldn't stop anyone else from reading.

Thou Shalt Not Road Trip is published by Dial and retails for $16.99 (hardcover).  I got my advance readers copy complimentary from the publisher.  You can pre-order yours at Left Bank Books today!

Join us Thursday, April 12th, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Louis Public Library--Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid, 63108, for a reading and book signing with Antony John.  If you aren't able to join us, you can come to Left Bank Books or call 314-367-6731 to order a copy to be signed in absentia.

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