Mari Kato, 16, wants what everyone else her age wants: a driver’s license. Too bad a family curse, passed on by her Japanese-born Buddhist dad, who claims to be thousands of years old, transforms Mari into a flesh-eating Oni demon when she feels frustrated (like every time she gets behind the wheel).
But when her geologist mom moves their vegan-lifestyle-obsessed family to Rock Creek, Mari stumbles upon the gates of Hell and a mining company plundering its depths. Add in an evil cheerleader determined to steal Mari’s first boyfriend and plunge the Earth into eternal darkness.
Suddenly getting the keys to the car isn’t as important as saving the world. Totally dealable… if she can find the courage to reveal her demon self.
So many laugh-out-loud moments in Oni the Lonely, I can't...even...okay, I can. Melting the steering wheel wasn't my top concern when I took my DL test, but poor Oni. Her I'm-so-not-a-demon tendencies make themselves known at the worst possible moments. Thwump. And the town she moves to with her family? You know it's going to be awesome when, instead of cars, sparkly golf carts fill the streets. Oh, and Oni's new address is 666. Snicker. Add in a Buddhist father, a scientist mom, a gang of lavender-wearing blonde gymnast Oni haters, flying monkey vampire bats, one perfect potential boyfriend, and a super-secret mystery being kept by the entire town, and you know it's going to be a fun ride.
I really liked the story which is a tale of a somewhat awkward teen girl who not only has to deal with being half Japanese, somewhat heavy legs, and very short but she is only deluding herself when she starts the mantra ``I am not a demon``...The story is funny and engaging with lots of twists and turns that make it hard to put the book down.