In The Secrets of the Greaser Hotel, a teenager who goes by the name, Allie, lives a rough and crazy life with the Friendly’s, who are the exact opposite of friendly. While the sons are grotesque and scheming, the mother of the boys is twisted and just plain scary. Luckily, Allie makes friends, including a talking cat named Jerome, while staying in this eerie hotel. Other acquaintances are Midge Darlington and Arnold Armstrong, who are just as desperate as Allie to escape from this prison. With many odds stacked against Allie, including the strange inner-workings of the hotel itself, freedom from this place can be quite tricky. Luckily, the author has a few tricks up his sleeve, making this a rollercoaster of drama, mystery, and adventure.
I really enjoyed the way that the author wrote this book, how it progressed quickly and smoothly throughout the story. The drawings that were included in the printed book also made me feel fully-immersed into this world, and it made it very simple and enjoyable to be able to imagine the characters as the author did while creating them.
Another detail that I enjoyed was the way the author created the cat, Jerome. His comical personality had an uncanny resemblance to Salem in Sabrina the Teenage Witch, although Jerome is a more complex and central character in this book. Also, the protagonist in the story, Allie, is very strong-willed and positive throughout the story. Even though it seemed impossible for both herself and her friends to escape, she still kept her cool when trouble came her way.
Overall, this book changed my thoughts on illustrated stories, made me rethink traditional fiction books, and also allowed me to take my mind on a trip to a fictional world that I’ve never been to before. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who's up for a fast-paced and exciting story!