The Monster on the Road Is Me by JP Romney

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You had some good qualities, Book, and I feel like I learned something during our time together. But I don’t see us connecting on a deep, emotional level, and think we’re better off keeping things platonic.
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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 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…

J.P. Romney's 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.

 

About JP Romney

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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.
 
Published August 30, 2016 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 334 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Travel, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Mandy Curtis on Aug 23 2016

You had some good qualities, Book, and I feel like I learned something during our time together. But I don’t see us connecting on a deep, emotional level, and think we’re better off keeping things platonic.

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