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Book Review: The Age of Amy: Mad Dogs and Makeovers by Bruce Edwards


“We’re all guilty of something, aren’t we?”

A late-night phone call from a stranger implicates 16-year-old Amy in a terrorist plot. But when the nefarious caller suddenly vanishes, she becomes the FBI’s prime suspect. To prove her innocence, Amy embarks on a fantastic journey to find her mysterious night caller. The clues to the peculiar man’s whereabouts all point to a dingy, old barbershop that caters to the rich and powerful. What draws them to the shop’s eccentric barber is puzzling, until Amy stumbles upon the secret to his success: a magic shampoo that removes guilt!

Book #5 in The Age of Amy series.




I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.


First thing first, I didn’t know that this is a part of a series. I didn’t know that this is the fifth book of The Age of Amy Series. And it got my interest because of its book cover and the description. When I saw the cover of this book, I thought that this book is somehow mysterious and kind of has the murder vibe. Though I was right on mystery part, I wasn’t right on the murder. It didn’t have any murder or any killings at all. And when I read the description, I got more interested.


The story is great! It doesn’t have a touch of romance in it, not even the slightest. But it was still great! It’s also one of my fastest reads. The way of writing is so good that I didn’t notice that I’m already on 50% of the book. The protagonist is Amy Dawson, a sixteen year old girl. And unlike any other books I’ve read, this one is narrated just like how a sixteen year old narrate something should be. It doesn’t have any romance in it because it focuses on the magical shampoo and how Amy finds out her mystery caller. And I keep repeating the romance part because there are little books that have no romance feels in it. I’ve read a lot of books in a lot of different genre and most of them always have something romantic in it. It’s just unusual for me to read a book without even the slightest feel of romance.


I like Amy’s character. She’s strong and brave despite being a sixteen year old. She shows that helping a friend doesn’t vary on age but as long as you can do something or ready to do anything, you can help a friend. She’s also a unique kind of girl. She’s not like any other teenagers nowadays who only think about finding a perfect boyfriend. The beginning of the book was also the beginning of their summer. And the first thing Amy did was search for her mystery caller’s daughter and talk to her and then finding an unexpected job right after. I’m not saying that teenagers nowadays should be like Amy though I’m not saying to that they should not be like Amy. What Amy did all throughout the book was dangerous. But her reason was so valid –maybe at first it was just curiosity but on the part where the book was about to end, it was pretty valid for me –which made her a unique and amazing teenager.


The story was somehow fast paced. How Alec opened up to Amy about his experiences as a soldier was so fast. And how she earned both Alec and Ravi’s trust and vice versa was also fast. I think that’s the only downside of the book, everything happened so fast. But everything else is great and worth reading.


Also, I think this book could be read as a standalone because it didn’t mention anything about its previous books. I didn’t even felt like this book was part of a series.


It’s a great book. If you are the kind of person who enjoys mystery and some weird things like a talking squirrels, this book is definitely perfect for you. Make sure to mark your calendars when this book will be release! It will be October 1st 2016!








About the Author…



Bruce Edwards writes young-adult fiction on subjects most YA authors shy away from. His award-winning THE AGE OF AMY series explores unconventional topics—from the trappings of modern technology to the absurdity of Washington politics. Through fantasy and imagination, Bruce addresses real-world issues, as young readers enjoy a fun read.

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