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Reviewed by Jane Finch for Readers' Favorite
The Misadventures of Marvin Miller (Volume 1) by Megan E Cassidy tells the story of Marvin and a set of unfortunate circumstances that combine to prevent Marvin from finding a girlfriend. Poor Marvin is put under so much pressure by his peers to get himself a date and, try as hard as he might, absolutely everything goes wrong. The image he is trying to create gets torn to shreds as one thing after another happens to embarrass him. But then he meets Riley, and Marvin finds someone he can relate to and just be himself with, and not need to impress. The anticipation of the vomiting was hilarious. Despite all that, this comical tale, together with Marvin’s best friend, Cody, has a serious side as Marvin copes with bullies and prejudice, but his actions eventually turn those attitudes around. At the end of the book, there are several interesting discussion points about some of the scenarios in the book, which would work well in a classroom situation.
The author, Megan E Cassidy, has taken an interesting approach to introducing her chapters by giving a report of occurrences and then following on with the story that led to the event. This is a really amusing aspect and works very well. The story is funny and lively, and yet moving at the same time. The author deals with a lot of life issues really well, including self-esteem, racism, bullying, and the importance of friendship. This book will have you laughing out loud from the very beginning and I am sure Marvin will have many more adventures in the future. Great book cover, too.