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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
In Ellie Collins’s educational coming-of-age book, Mad Max & Sweet Sarah, Max leaves his home in O’ahu, Hawaii for Seattle, Washington to reconnect with his estranged father. As the plane arrives in Seattle, Max thinks of the next two weeks of his life with dread. His first meeting with his father and his family is awkward and Max cannot wait to go back home to escape his half-sister, who he finds annoying. Things get worse when he meets Aaron who misguides him and Max ends up making disastrous mistakes. But Sarah, his half-sister, will not be deterred in creating the kind of relationship she had envisioned with Max. Just when everything appears irreversible, A Greek mystical figure helps Sarah find the answers she is looking for.
Ellie Collins puts forward important lessons in Mad Max & Sweet Sarah. The story encourages young readers to look out for important common goals that bring people together instead of concentrating on divisive, minor issues. Max learns he has something in common with a rival and a friendship is forged. The language of the book is cognizant of the target audience. Social media plays a key role in Sarah’s communication. The story also encourages young people not to fall victim to peer pressure but to evaluate each decision they make before acting. The inclusion of Greek mythology also adds an intriguing element to the plot as Athena comes to Sarah’s rescue. Mad Max & Sweet Sarah is a brief read that carries important lessons presented through the experiences of its characters.