Kirkus Reviews called Brian Yansky’s outstanding teen novel “a road trip well worth taking.” From Elvis impersonators to Texas-based con men, My Road Trip to the Pretty Girl Capital of the World is a novel of exploration and discovery, a quest into the unknown by a teen who believes he has nothing left to lose.
It’s 1979, and Simon’s life is unraveling before his very eyes. He doesn’t get along with his father, his girlfriend has just dumped him, and he’s been arrested for drinking underage and smoking pot. He races off on a madcap adventure to find his birth parents that takes him to Austin, Texas. Along the way he encounters a witch, an Elvis impersonator (who may just be the missing man himself), two hapless drifters, and a girl named Charley with an abusive husband and a fondness for the King.
The novel balances the standard plot of an adolescent’s self-discovery against the bizarre behavior of the characters Simon meets on his travels. My Road Trip to the Pretty Girl Capital of the World is a picaresque road-trip tale that is not only very funny but honest in the telling. This book makes a perfect gift for the adventurous Cicada reader or any teenager with a desire to see the world and meet the many interesting characters that inhabit it.
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