Author: Lynn Rae Perkins
Genre: Teen Fiction
Publication Date: April 27, 2010
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
ISBN-13 Book: 9780061870903
Publisher CD Book: Recorded Books
ISBN-13 CD: 9781449808532
Source: I checked out a copy of the book and book on CD from my library. This is my honest review!
As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
When Ry gets off the train during an unscheduled mechanical stop in hopes of getting better cell phone reception he thought he would have more time, but when the train pulls off without him leaving him in the middle of nowhere Montana he realizes he may be in over his head. Thus begins a journey of thousands of miles, and many many unforeseen circumstances.
I will start out by saying this is the perfect book for summer. Ry was supposed to go to archeology camp for the summer, but when the camp is cancelled and Ry gets off the train in the middle of nowhere, he embarks on another more exciting adventure. This story meanders its way from Montana, to Wisconsin, to Indiana, to Florida, and all the way to the Caribbean. Ry's story is one of luck or lack there of and is a humorous adventure tale that attempts to get one boy to the right place at the right time.
This family has to have the worst luck. Ry's parents are on a Caribbean vacation, and Ry's grandfather is supposed to watch the house and the family dogs. When the grandfather hits his head, losing both his memory and the dogs, Ry has no one he can reach to tell of his own predicament. With the help of some lovable yet unusual characters, Ry embarks on a journey to find his parents.
This story has moments that will make you laugh out loud, but there are other parts that just drag by. Eventually the reader finds themself wishing for the ending and praying Ry won’t miss the next necessary connection. As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth meanders its way across the country telling the story of a boy whose destiny seems to be determined by luck alone.
The audio was a lifesaver for this book. I don't think I could have made it all the way through the novel if it hadn't been for the audio version. When I was reading the book, I kept wanting to put it down, but the audio got me through those rough patches where I was ready to give up and kept me listening for what would happen next. The audio, produced by Recorded Books, is narrated by Chris Sorensen who does a remarkable job with the voices of the myriad of characters and whose tone and inflection keep the reader going throughout the novel.
Overall, this fun rambling tale would make a great trip or summer read. I just hope the reader's trip isn't as meandering as Ry's. This is a light read that never takes itself too seriously, but might have ended a little bit sooner in this reader's opinion.
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