The Diary of Amy, the 14-Year-Old Girl Who Saved the Earth by Scott Erickson

Posted November 11, 2013 in Book Review / 0 Comments

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The Diary of Amy, the 14-Year-Old Girl Who Saved the Earth by Scott EricksonThe Diary of Amy, the 14-Year-Old Girl Who Saved the Earth by Scott Erickson
Published by Azaria Press on August 11th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Middle Grade
Pages: 264
Format: ARC
Source: ARC from publisher
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five-stars

Is the systematic destruction of life on earth making you sad?Here’s the book that will turn your frown upside-down!
Amy Johnson-Martinez is a bright 14-year-old girl who spontaneously decides to camp in a local wetland to stop its destruction. But she wants to do much more. She wants to save the whole earth! Amy is convinced there must be a way to get to the root of all our environmental problems.
It’s definitely going to take a lot more than switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs!
Amy's unique combination of youthful innocence and a sharp mind allow her to make discoveries that have eluded others. She discovers that a few simple yet fundamental changes will create a sustainable society.
With the world on the brink of environmental collapse, Amy discovers that powerful forces are willing to use all their power to fight Amy’s proposals. Will Amy defeat the opposition and convince the country to make the bold leap to sustainability before it's too late?

Main Points

Writing Style
From the beginning, it’s a perfect replica of a 14-year-old (or maybe someone younger) girl’s journal. The language is mostly unsophisticated and the general tone throughout the ENTIRE thing is hyper-enthusiastic. Makes it an engaging read. Much of it isn’t necessarily what people would actually write in a journal (like entire conversations word-for-word) but it has to be that way for the book to be in journal form and it works.
Story
This book was surprisingly insightful. I learned a lot, actually, and while a few bits were beyond me (or beyond my interest level, not sure which), most of it cleared up the concept of economy for me. It is a highly economical-political book, but seen through the eyes of a 14-year-old, it’s understandable and I can see myself reading this in the future. While unrealistic at times (well, a lot of times), the main principle was completely believable. Perhaps it’s a bit futuristic but not THAT far into the future.
Characters 
Amy: Extremely enthusiastic about pretty much everything. Naive, but in a loveable way. And slightly unrealistic for her age (a bit too simplistic, and especially the bit where she’s hardly into guys at all except maybe towards the end). But I did enjoy reading from her perspective. She is wise too.
Coyote (her eco-activist friend): Mysterious. I actually found it extremely hard to believe he was only 18. He seemed a lot older at the beginning especially. That made it extremely hard for me to believe Amy had a thing for him throughout the entire book, but I didn’t have a problem with it.
All the other characters are pretty much exactly as they seem, though all quite extreme. Perfect stereotypes of people in our culture today who we don’t believe actually exist, but do. Almost all of them. Like, for example, absolutely crazy state representatives and evil-corporation-leading closet-eco-activists.
Ending (no spoilers)
The ending was completely out of nowhere. I mean REALLY unexpected. It didn’t seem like a resolution at all, in terms of the tying up of loose ends, but by that point I was ready for the book to be done and was satisfied with the unexpected turn it had taken. It was unbelievable, but when I thought about it, a lot of the book itself was unbelievable so it somehow made sense….in a strange way.

Bottom Line

This book was QUITE entertaining. I really enjoyed it throughout the whole thing. It combined fun and learning so perfectly, I would not hesitate giving this book to younger kids so they understand certain concepts better like going green and economy and the connections between the two. It is definitely one I will be reading again. The characters were so extreme and entertaining and the plot, if a bit typical at some parts, was engaging. Would I read more by this author? Definitely. Would I recommend this book to others? Of course.

About Scott Erickson

Scott Erickson is an award-winning writer of humor and satire. He has been published in a variety of print and online publications. He lives in Portland, Oregon, and enjoys beer and roller skating (but not at the same time).

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