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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Emily the Strange: The Lost Days by Rob Reger and Jessica Gruner

Author: Jessica Gruner & Rob Beger
Pages: 264
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: Not really sure what genre this is, haha.
Source: Purchased
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13 Elements you will find in the first Emily the Strange novel:
1. Mystery
2. A beautiful golem
3. Souped-up slingshots
4. Four black cats
5. Amnesia
6. Calamity Poker
7. Angry ponies
8. A shady truant officer
9. Top-13 lists
10. A sandstorm generator
11. Doppelgängers
12. A secret mission
13. Earwigs
Emily the Strange: 13 years old. Able to leap tall buildings, probably, if she felt like it. More likely to be napping with her four black cats; or cobbling together a particle accelerator out of lint, lentils, and safety pins; or rocking out on drums/ guitar/saxophone/zither; or painting a swirling feral sewer mural; or forcing someone to say "swirling feral sewer mural" 13 times fast . . . and pointing and laughing.

4 words: I. LOVED. THIS. BOOK.

Emily the Strange: The Lost Days is told completely through diary entries by Emily-- or Earwig as she calls herself in the book. The overall voice and tone of the book is entertaining and generally hilarious. The cover is kind of misleading, because looking at it makes one think it the book is a gloom and doom goth book. But DON’T BE FOOLED! This book is so funny and enjoyable, and seriously, not at all as dark as it seems.

I was very surprised by this book. I didn’t take it as seriously as an actual novel, but it actually had great characters and plot that really threw me for a loop. I love Emily (Earwig) as a character. She was just so spunky. I really had a great time being inside her head. She makes up the funniest curse words and slang. (NOTE: There is no actually cursing. Just funny words.)

One of my favorite parts of this whole novel were the drawings on almost every page. They added a different perspective to the reading experience, and really brought the novel to life.

This was a much lighter read than I’m used to, but still totally enjoyable.  I give this novel 5 out of 5 stars.


  1. Hi!
    You invited me here through Book Blogs Ning, so here I am... and after seeing what you just reviewed, I'm a follower!!!

    I LOVE Emily the Strange!! She has yet to disappoint me, and I've not seen negative space used so creatively in a long time. :)
    littlebearries on Book Blogs Ning

  2. Wow! This is very cool. I love the cover as well and I love that the book is somewhat hilarious. Hoping I'd get the chance to read it too someday.


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