Genre: Science Fiction/Psychological Thriller/Coming-of-Age/Young Adult
Number of Pages: 282
Publication Date: June 7, 2016
*This was part of the OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day Program*
Fifteen-year-old Courtney Hoffman is just your average teenager…except for the fact that she is visited by aliens…
In a world where aliens do not exist and her mother is convinced that Courtney certainly has an unstable mind, the young girl tries really hard to convince herself that these extraterrestrials are not real. However, they keep reappearing and she finds herself doing odd things.
With a new friend, Agatha, both embark on a journey to understand what is happening with Courtney. Is she really insane or do the aliens have a mission for this young girl to complete?
This was an extremely interesting book for me to read. The mental illness aspect is what drew me in since I haven’t read a book like this before. I’m happy to report that the author has done a great job incorporating this aspect in the novel. To be honest, for most of the read, it was extremely difficult to determine if Courtney needed extra help due to this condition or not – bravo for the author for keeping me guessing!
I really sympathized with Courtney. There can’t be anything worse than believing something is there when everyone else doesn’t see it. That is, aside from her grandfather. Her grandfather also spoke about seeing aliens before he committed suicide. What really makes me sympathize with this confused girl even more so is her unsupportive mother.
The author really made me feel great dislike for Courtney’s mom. Not only does she kept telling her daughter to stop making up stories, but she uses hospitalization as a punishment and even as an evil place to go. If a child truly has a mental illness, a hospital should be viewed more of an inviting place. I thought this was a unique aspect of the read.
One of my favorite parts of this read was the lack of romance. Typically, in many young adults and/or coming-of-age stories, there is some romance, but not here. The focus was on Courtney and her potential mental illness. I loved this aspect!
Though a very quick read for me (read it in one day), there are a couple of aspects that is preventing me from giving this book a five-star rating. For one, there are some errors scattered across the book – missing letters in words and quotation marks misplacement mainly.
For another, toward the end, I felt Courtney’s character shift to a completely new one extremely quick without much transition. She was a quiet and emotional girl to one that can joke about the potential of the world ending. Along with this, the ending chapters, I felt were a bit hazy. For some reason, I tried really hard to picture the setting, but I had difficult time doing so.
Overall, this was an extremely interesting read and I’m glad that I picked it up!