THE TEEN’S GUIDE TO WORLD DOMINATION: ADVICE ON LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF AWESOMENESS by Josh Shipp (St. Martin’s Griffin)
What jumps out at me first is Josh’s amazing voice. Man, this guy can write. He’s not afraid of the first person, and you quickly feel as if he really is talking to you. It’s a fun, honest, slightly punchy tone that I suspect will keep the target audience–teens–engaged and reading. It kept me engaged and reading. In the first five pages, you learn enough about Josh’s troubled early life and later massive success as a teen advice guru to think that the rest of the book is probably worth your time. I appreciated his willingness to admit that although he’s an “expert” he’s not perfect, and again, I suspect this will play well with teens. After the first five pages, I was wracking my brain trying to think of teens I know who could benefit from this book.
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