Author: Carl Hiaasen
Rating: 2 / 5 stars
First of all, Skunk Apes? I've lived in Florida for 25 years and never once have I ever heard that name before.
I find it hard to sympathize with a high school girl who runs away from home with a 26 year old stranger she met on the internet. And ditto with a high school student main character who drivers across the state with a complete stranger that is more than a little cuckoo. And then there are the irresponsible parents in this novel, mainly Richard's mom. She doesn't seem concerned at all that her son is off with a stranger. A simple call to another person she has never met for a character reference on the strange man that has her teenage son in the car seems enough to clam her down. Completely whack. Every single character in this novel should be institutionalized. Seems like an article you would read in the newspaper about a body found in the swamp. Jeez.
I know Hiaasen takes liberties in a lot of his novels for youths with unbelievable plots, but this one definitely takes the cake. The plot is just so outlandish that it was hard to get into the story. Definitely my least favorite of his novels that I've read thus far.