Mad Dogs and Makeovers by Bruce Edwards| The Age of Amy Series #5



“We’re all guilty of something, aren’t we?”

A late-night phone call from a stranger implicates 16-year-old Amy in a terrorist plot. But when the nefarious caller suddenly vanishes, she becomes the FBI’s prime suspect. To prove her innocence, Amy embarks on a fantastic journey to find her mysterious night caller.

The clues to the peculiar man’s whereabouts all point to a dingy, old barbershop that caters to the rich and powerful. What draws them to the shop’s eccentric barber is puzzling, until Amy stumbles upon the secret to his success: a magic shampoo that removes guilt!

“Head and shoulders above most in this genre. Definitely two thumbs up!” –Marta Tandori, Readers’ Favorite



I received this book through NetGally. At first I thought it was a stand-alone or the first book in a series, but when I checked it out on GoodReads, I noticed that it was book number 5 in the series The Age of Amy. Fortunately, it can be read as a stand alone without a problem. From what I could gather, in each book Amy is facing a new adventure, it’s not a big plot divided in several books.


The book itself is quite short, just 224 pages. It is a fast read, even slow readers can manage to finish it in one day, if that. As the blurb says, the major plot of this novel is Amy finding out the identity of her caller. It has some twists and turns, and it also has some fantasy elements based on a myth. 

It turns out that the secrets lie into a barber’s shop and mysterious shampoos. If I say more I’ll give too much away.

It is also the kind of book that offers some life lessons, which is why I think it would be a great read for middle school and high school students. The book is quite clean, nothing graphic or violent. 


In my opinion, all characters are great.

Amy is the protagonists and the story is told only from her perspective. She also deals with typical high school, teenage drama, but it’s just a minor sub-plot.

Since this is the fifth book, sometimes it was a little bit harder to understand Amy. I am sure that her character develops throughout the books, and some details are told in the previous novels. However, like I said, it is not hard to get into the story.

The barber was quite interesting, as well as his son, who suffers from PTSD, since he is a veteran.

For a moment I thought Amy will get involved with the barber’s son, but thankfully, that wasn’t the case.

There is no romance in this book, especially since Amy is not very interested in boys. Amy thinks about this and a particular boy, but there are no romantic scenes in this book.


The book was a fast, interesting and funny read. I enjoy it. The novel and series is perfect for a nice, easy read, especially if you just finished reading a stuffy or complex book. 


  • Short, fast paced book
  • Likable characters
  • Life lessons; there is a moral to this novel
  • Funny
  • Relaxing


  • The reading level is lower than what I usually read. The writing is not bad, it’s just a simpler book. Young adults who just started reading would appreciate it more.
  • Hard to connect with Amy on a deeper level. Maybe this is because this is the 5th book.


Yes, I do recommend this book, especially to early teenagers. I think they will enjoy it the most. Likewise, if an older person wants to read something easy, or enjoys children/young adult novels.


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