Of Jenny and the Aliens

Reviewed by Melanie on August 2, 2017


Derek is just your typical high school student. Trying to survive winter in Ohio, meet the girl of his dreams, settle into the 9-5 life living the American dream. Did I mention that we’re also in contact with aliens?

The book may seem a bit shallow to some, but the easy writing style made the book a quick and enjoyable read. The book keeps up a steady pace and I never felt bored along the way.

The characters of the book, especially Jenny, fall a bit flat. Derek is easily the most dynamic, but not the most interesting. Karl is my favorite character because even though we don’t get to see a lot of him, he’s philosophical and helps Derek understand how things can move forward, and that he can live without Jenny.

Overall the book was a good breather after finishing The Night Circus. Parts of the book had me outright laughing while Derek’s depression made me worry about how the book would finish. In the end, it hits a high note and finishes strongly.

Of Jenny and the Aliens Book Cover Of Jenny and the Aliens
Ryan Gebhart
Young Adult, Science Fiction, Contemporary
Candlewick Press
August 1, 2017
Kindle eBook

When boy meets girl meets alien, the angst of first love gets an extraterrestrial intervention in a tale both outrageously funny and full of heart.

Ten years after Earth sent messages out into deep space, there has been an answer. Music from a distant planet has reached the world’s radios. Are aliens about to invade? No one knows, and almost-eighteen-year-old Derek doesn’t really care, because at a wild end-of-the-world party, Jennifer Novak invited him to play beer pong, and things, well, progressed from there. Derek is in love. Deeply, hopelessly in love. He wants it all — marriage, kids, growing old on a beach in Costa Rica. For him, Jenny is the One. But Jenny has other plans, which may or may not include Derek. So Derek will try anything to win her — even soliciting advice from an alien who shows up in his hometown. This alien may just be the answer to Derek’s problem, but is Derek prepared to risk starting an interstellar war to get his girl? Just how far is he willing to travel to discover the mysteries of the universe — and the enigma of love?

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