In Let’s Kill Mr. Pond, Andrew brought us a thrilling tale of two boys, Sam and Jonnie, in the first part of the tremendously hellish series- The Chrome Junction Academy. In this new series we get an insight into school life at Chrome Junction Academy with a humorous and terrifying take into this rocky and uneducated world we live in with the frightening future of the kids we expect to take over when they grow up. Now, we are given a look into life at Chrome Junction Academy from the eyes of two girls in Vicky & Lizzie’s First Period.
We are started at the beginning with our two main characters, Vicky and Lizzie, shoplifting before breaking out into a musical of sorts that leads them to the school grounds at CJA. Vicky and Lizzie takes place around the same time as Mr. Pond, meeting about halfway in to give two different sides to some of what happens in this volatile school. We are to expect a bit of an overload of utter rudeness, complete disrespect and total foulness that we experienced with Sam and Jonnie in Mr. Pond with Vicky and Lizzie. When a teacher is accused of fondling a student, the corruption never stops dwelling within the youth’s minds and through the power of sisterhood- and best friends- nothing is stronger than a bond bound by the pinky finger. We also get to see a disturbed and abused student that wants nothing more than to drive sharpened pencils through her skull… and of course, Vicky and Lizzie’s first period with Mr. Bloom. Be ready for rumors and more in this chaotic, rowdy and more bizarre than In Their Shoes: The Teacher combined with Pure Dark in a salacious scandal that abounds through a corrupt society with never ending abuse from every character in Mackay’s world. The body count continues to pile with this new exciting series with a bit of humor, musical singing, terror and thrills. Do you dare to dip into the world of two twelve year old girls? I advise you to join in and prepare for the convulsion and shuttering to run through your nerves.
Mackay has surprised me again; only this time, it’s not a cliffhanger that has me on edge but how he has combined a little bit of every one of his books that I have had the pleasure to experience so far. I do believe that he has even brought more to the table this go around through a musical setting with humor and a touch of horror. It reminds me of if In Their Shoes and Pure Dark had a baby and gave birth to a completely new series that is finalized with a song. Andrew has done fantastic at presenting a disgustingly bizarre tale with laughter in the pages of Vicky & Lizzie’s First Period. With books piling up, we can expect more to bring this story into its full form. Mackay is clever at leaving gaping holes that we never knew were there and filling them with new pieces of backgrounds and tales.
This brings me to the most exciting part of what I experienced in the book- I wanted to squirm, jerk and even scream at times. Vicky & Lizzie made me laugh, worry and yes… it even made me almost cry, which is very hard to do but Andrew knows how to get you in the feels when he wants to. This book leads into a new story that needs to be filled and makes me anxious to get started with, The Belch Park Field Trip- the first trip that Mackay has offered that has a ride that is oh so familiar in Pure Dark. I cannot wait to see Max Dark’s Ghost Train come to life and elevate the unorthodox and sheer grotesque features that are laid out from the first part of this series and unremitting into Vicky and Lizzie’s First Period. How much further can he go with the field trip? We can only wait, trembling impatiently as we want to dig our fingers into the third part of one of the best series Andrew has written so far.
Wow Is there anything this man can't write! So witty and hilariously grotesk I found myself humming the words! The Chrome valley Junction academy is becoming one of my favorite series. Each book takea you deeper into the twisted yet comical mind of the Amazing Author Andrew Makay. I cannot wait to see what he come up with next!
This book is way different than anything I have ever read. I have read all of this authors books and I would say it is the most off the wall. That's saying alot because most of his books are off the wall. This book is about 2 young girls who are the best of friends. They experience a lot of things no kids should experience all while singing.
This was insane! I laughed my butt off and cried like a baby. Memories of my childhood came flooding back. Andrew Mackay sure was on the mark with this one. As a joke, Vicky and Lizzie pulled a stunt on their class. They got the very first period and boy did they over dramatize the event. Blood everywhere and squirting from between their legs. My first period was nothing like that, lol. But they were caught by Jody and that started a fight. That fight lead to another fight and a close friendship to end. This story touched on suicide and the possible signs. It showed that there is no age limit to suicide. There are many reasons for a person to want to kill them selves, such as being molested by a parent or family member, being blamed for something life changing, when you didn’t do anything wrong. You never know what is happening to a person or what is going through their mind. Andrew Mackay has a sick sense of humor when it comes to his writing, but he usually has a touchy subject in his books and he lands them with grace and sensitivity. That’s what makes his books so good.
Before I comment on the book itself, may I just point your attention to the really cool blurb. It is not often you see a blurb written in limerick, but it really does set the tone for this book, as its a satirical musical comedy, and the characters really do keep bursting into song and dance numbers.
This is easily one of the most bizarre, quirky but fun books I have ever read, and I have a feeling I really do want to read the next book in the Chrome Junction Academy series. This was surprisingly for me a rather quick book to read, and I really enjoyed seeing what would happen next.
For what started as a regular week in the life of two twelve year old girls who spend their days at school, it very quickly turned into a week I doubt they would ever forget, and not for good reasons. I can't tell you what happens as you wouldn't believe me if I did.
This is not a book for the easily offended, if you only want a book that is in good taste, no profanity and all happy and smiley then this won't be for you. If on the other hand you are open minded, like a laugh and take everything at face value and with a pinch of salt, like I did, then you may really enjoy this book.
The best way I can describe this book is the comedy level of South Park, I don't always find it funny but something keeps me watching, and that same in this book. At points I did feel very ill at some of the scenes, and I'd like to call Vicky and Lizzie all manner of bad words, but yet there was something believable with all the characters in the school, and there was something that kept me reading.
I also liked that there were references in this book to the authors other books, and the author himself made a cameo of sorts in the book, although if you haven't looked at his back catalogue titles you may not even realise. Equally I spotted a joke in there about his next book which isn't out yet, which also really made me smile.
As I said above this is a musical comedy, and I could really picture the students breaking off from what they were doing and having these big song and dance numbers in a rude version of High School Musical. In fact half of me would have loved a soundtrack, the other half would love to see this on the stage, think it would really attract a fabulous audience that way. Some of the songs you will recognise, others I believe are new to the book but you sort of got a feel for the rhythm of the lyrics if not the tune.
Please don't look at the title and be put off by the mention of periods, they are poked fun of, but this isn't a teenage angst book, and there is plenty more in the book too, assorted topics that the mickey is taken from.
This book is as far from politically correct as you can get, and I think because of that I thoroughly enjoyed it. I may not be 100% about the ins and outs of what good satire is, but this was a book that the way I read it, as an amusing story really worked for me.
This may be the first book I have read by Andrew Mackay but I have a feeling it won't be the last.
Hitting puberty is rough on the best of us, but when you're at the bottom of the barrel it can turn into a bit of a dramatic musical production! The way that Mackay portrays the angst of preteen girls is freakily accurate and makes me question his research methods.
This would make the perfect gift for that special female in your life, no, not the young girl about to menstrate for the first time, but the more mature woman about to be done with that phase of life.
I can't wait to see what madness is in store for us in the next installment of this series!
kindle unlimited, amazon wouldn't publish the blurb etc part of review on amazon or uk even though published the blurb on their site, in full, so very abbreviated review, odd, second for the chrome junction academy books, first was the Mr Pond one, some others that are extremely odd can be seen in writer's list of books, favorites of mine are the In Their Shoes series but always subject to change
ARC reader here. OMG... Andrew has done it again, his devilishly creative mind has yet again kicked out a story that, even though I have been out of it on NyQuil because of the flu, I was able to get this book down in a few hours and take my mind off my chills, aches, runny nose, sneezing and fever. I was ready to break out in song and run around my room singing at the top of my lungs... Call it delirious with fever if you like, I choose to be high on Lizzie and Vickie, thank you very much...
I didn't know what to expect from this book but is was really interesting to read.If you like lots of Blood and kids pranks than this is the book for you.I liked where the girls kinda cried wolf then the real thing happened, was hilarious. -Adele