The Monster on the Road is Me by J. P. Romney
Book birthday August 30, 2016
Summary from NetGalley:
It starts with the crows. When you see them, you know he’s found you.
Koda Okita is a high school student in modern-day Japan who isn’t very popular. He suffers from narcolepsy and has to wear a watermelon-sized helmet to protect his head in case he falls. But Koda couldn’t care less about his low social standing. He is content with taking long bike rides and hanging out in the convenience store parking lot with his school-dropout friend, Haru.
But when a rash of puzzling deaths sweeps his school, Koda discovers that his narcoleptic naps allow him to steal the thoughts of nearby supernatural beings. He learns that his small town is under threat from a ruthless mountain demon that is hell-bent on vengeance. With the help of a mysterious—and not to mention very cute—classmate, Koda must find a way to take down this demon. But his unstable and overwhelming new abilities seem to have a mind of their own…
I really enjoy reading and learning about other cultures myths and mythological animals. This book is based on Japanese myths, which is not something I’m well acquainted with. It was a little confusing at times, because of my lack of knowledge of the monsters involved, but sill a riveting read. The character of Koda is delightful. He is a very engaging youth with some serious social issues which hinders his interactions with his school mates. Once he figures out that his narcolepsy is really because he is a mind thief, someone who can see memories, especially tragic ones, when they touch someone or an object, he finds the courage to do what needs to be done, before more people in his town die. Moya, Koda’s friend who helps him, is a strong female character with a tragic past, that is struggling to make things right. It is a fast paced dark comedy about finding that strength within ourselves when it is really needed.
Reviewed from ARC received from Netgalley.