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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Book Review: The Only Alien On The Planet by Kristen D. Randle

The Only Alien On The Planet by Kristen D. Randle
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Release Date: Available Now
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Pages: 240
Received From: Bookstore

Summary: It was difficult for Ginny at first, but her senior year is finally starting to feel kind of normal. That is, until she seems him- the beautiful mystery boy in her English class. He has never spoken a word to anyone. He moves through each day at school without making eye contact. His name is Smitty Tibbs, but everyone calls him The Alien...

My Review: The Only Alien On The Planet was a well written, thought-provoking masterpiece. Lately, I've been complaining that a lot of YA books lack the wow factor. Well, I finally found one! The beginning was a little slow due to the character development, but I did enjoy it. I definitely got to know the characters on a personal level. After a few chapters, the book became very addictive. I simply couldn't put it down, it was attached to my hand until I finished it. At first, Smitty's character was very mysterious but also very interesting. I wasn't sure if he was an actual "alien" from another planet or just someone who people thought was weird. It ended up being the second one, nothing about this book screams creature from another universe hehe. I fell in love with him from the get-go, even though he never said a word. His story touched me and I was quickly engulfed in his life. He was a typical teen with a blank facial expression and no voice. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this intense read, this has now been added to my fave books of 2009. :)

My Rating: 5 out of 5
Author's Info:

Kristen D. Randle lives with her husband, four children, and two dogs in a little wood on the banks of a Utah river. She and her husband manage their own recording studio. The award-winning The Only Alien on the Planet is one of several novels she has written.


pirate penguin said...

My friend told me about this book a while back! I hadn't seen any reviews for it until now. So thank you! I will definetely picking it up in the future :)

Monica said...

The cover definitely doesn't scream YA either.

Ladybug said...

I've never heard of this book before and I probably wouldn't have picked it up(because of the cover... shallow yes I know), but it sounds like a good read! I'm adding it to my wishlist.

Dannie said...

You just, like, spoiled the entire book. Not sure if I could read it now :/

celi.a said...

I absolutely love this book and have reviewed it on my site as a 'favorite read'...

That said, you *did* give away the main mystery...not sure if that was your intention. Either way, I'm glad you read it and loved it. I count it among one of my all-time favorites!


Sorry guys I didn't realize I put sorta a spoiler in there, their is so much more to this book and I hope you guys read it, again I'm sorry it wasn't intentional, I edited my review :)

Book Butterfly (Kim) said...

I hadn't heard of this one yet, I'm intrigued! Thanks for reviewing it, it sounds really great :)

dentistry in Sydney said...

There are many movies about people landing on alien planets, but most have to do with fighting aliens or established colonies, such as "Outland" and "Ghosts of Mars". I chose movies that focus on people merely trying to survive except for the colonists of "Red Planet", the miniseries.

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

Haven't heard of this one but the fact that you could connect with a character that doesn't speak tells me I should check this one out! Thanks for the review!

P said...

I have to pick this up!

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