Teen Boat!: The Race for Boatlantis by Dave Roman and John Green
Clarion Books, 2015. 978-0547865638
Synopsis: Teen Boat and his friends are back, this time in an epic competition of nautical proportions. When the Principal announces that a highly prestigious boat race is being reinstated, Teen Boat is determined to win the prize – especially after he learns that the trophy could lead him to a place called Boatlantis where boats determine the hierarchy. Sounds like the perfect place for a half boy/half boat, but is Boatlantis where Teen Boat really belongs?
Why I picked it up: I met Roman and Green at a library convention where they were promoting The Race for Boatlantis and they told me to read the first one before I picked up the second – so I did.
Why I finished it: If you keep some track of this blog, you know that I have a tendency – through no fault of my own – to jump into series without often having read the first book. There’s not a lot of recapping that happens in Boatlantis, so it does behoove you to have read Teen Boat! before you move on to this one. So that’s my little PSA: trust the authors when they say go back to the beginning and don’t just jump in wherever. But I digress. In Teen Boat’s second voyage, we find him still struggling to truly find a place where he belongs. And it is somewhat appropriate that our hero is approaching graduation, about to go off into the world and make a name for himself. The story is filled with pop culture references that add to the humor of the story and help to deepen the characters and in some cases, their relationships. There’s also some origin stories that help to give the reader a little bit more background about how Teen Boat became Teen Boat and the mystery behind Joey’s big secret. It entails that the reader suspend disbelief – that is, if you try to think too much about the logistics, then really you’re taking the story a little too seriously. Mystery, action, and thrills about in this exciting conclusion to the Teen Boat journey, which proves that in both fair and fowl weather, friends will find a way to stick together.
Other related materials: Teen Boat! by Dave Roman and John Green; Astronaut Academy books by Dave Roman; Drama by Raina Telgemeier; Smile by Raina Telgemeier; Sisters by Raina Telgemeier; Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova; Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi; Sidekicks by Dan Santat; Bone series by Jeff Smith; Cardboard by Doug TenNapel; Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel; Cleopatra in Space books by Mike Maihack; Lunch Lady books by Jarrett J. Krosoczka; Lumberjanes books by Noelle Stevenson, Brooke A. Allen, Grace Ellis, and Shannon Watters