Tuesday, August 16, 2011

How I Stole Johnny Depp's Alien Girlfriend by Gary Ghislain

How I Stole Johnny Depp's Alien Girlfriend by Gary Ghislain
Chronicle Books, May 4, 2011
Read for 2011 Debut Author Challenge

Summary from Goodreads:
David Gershwin's summer is about to take a turn for the weird. When his dad's new patient Zelda tells him she's from outer space and on a quest to take Johnny Depp back to her planet, he knows he should run away screaming. But with one look from her mean, green eyes, David's hooked, and soon he's leaping across rooftops, running from police, and stealing cars just to stay by her side. He might not be a typical hero, but David's going to get the girl even if it takes him to the ends of the earth or beyond.
I have been looking forward to reading this book since late last fall, when I signed up for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge and was trying to find titles for the list. Hello, could this title BE any more interesting? It just sounded like a fun, quirky read and sometimes you need quirky in your life.

Gary Ghislain did not disappoint with his debut novel. David's therapist father often has his patients living with him while he treats them, and since David's spending the summer, that means he's subjected, too. Zelda is unlike anyone David's ever met before, and he's intrigued...and a little scared. She really, truly believes that she is from another planet, and she must complete her mission so she can return. I'm not going to say too much because you know  I hate spoilers, but let me just say that about one-third of the way into the book you are HOPING that Zelda is, in fact, an alien. 

Yes, you have to suspend some belief here, but it's a fun, imaginative read. It's definitely got a male slant to it (the book is told from David's point of view), but I think girls will enjoy it, too. There are points in the novel where I thought I might recommend it to a 7th or 8th grader, but other times I thought it was definitely older.

Borrowed book from library.
Enjoy your reading!

1 comment:

  1. I have this one on my ereader and have not gotten to it yet. I feel better knowing you liked it!


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