Mickey is anti-everything. His parents are getting divorced, and his sister’s boyfriend is a bully. Temptation and curiosity get the better of him when he decides to mail in a coupon from a pack of gum. Claiming to have a solution to his problems, which is the anti-book. After receiving the anti-book, he is told in order to erase his problems, write them in the anti-book. Finding enjoyment in this task, Mickey writes down all his issues and problems but afterward falls asleep. The next morning, Mickey is greeted in the anti-world, filled with a strange sense of familiarity and wonder. Bounded with a hero’s journey and the anti-book, Mickey sets off on his journey in the warped surroundings of the anti-world.
/The Anti-Book draws you into the anti-world with well-crafted sentences, vivid and creative characters, and a thrilling plot with plenty of twists. Since there are a couple of bleeped swear words, I would recommend this to a mature audience of readers. The words are easy to grasp, and you don’t have to be a skilled reader to enjoy this book. There also are pictures on some of the pages, illuminating important scenes. Overall, The Anti-Book is enchanting and funny.
|Penguin Random House
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