As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth: Summary and book reviews of As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins, plus links to an excerpt from As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth and a biography of Lynne Rae Perkins.
As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth
by Lynne Rae Perkins
Hardcover: May 2010,
Paperback: Apr 2012,
Yes. Ry gets there. By train, car, plane, boat and feet. But also, truly, he gets there by head, heart, and whole body - by connecting with Del, himself and ultimately the world around him. (Reviewed by Tamara Smith).
The New York Times - Monica Edinger
Some may scoff at the improbability of the events that unfold in this novel, not to mention, for Ry, several near misses with death. But the reader who is willing to suspend disbelief and, like Del, is ready to defy any suggestion of impossibility, will be rewarded with a rich, eventful and extremely entertaining summer road trip.
Starred Review. A long, immensely enjoyable, curiously comforting ramble through an absurd-but-benign world. Ages 12+
School Library Journal
This novel is not going to be every teen boy's cup of tea, but its charms are undeniable.
Starred Review. Relentlessly entertaining… an absolute delight.
Starred Review. A humorous additional narrative, 'Dogs,' told in comic strip format, mimics Del's and Ry's story, and continues Perkins's experimentation with form. Ages 12-up.
Starred Review. Wherever Perkins's warm, funny, wise narrative goes is where a reader wants to be.
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