Alienated by Melissa Landers
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Picking this up I was hoping for something big either in tension, drama, action, or conspiracy. Like B These Broken Stars or Star Glass or the even Across the Universe. Then I realized, highly unlikely given the blurb that screams of ‘intergalactic exchange students.’ What this does read and feel like was PARANORMALCY (or whatever funny but different YA book, that springs to mind.) You know, funny girl meets funnier out of place guy with that inevitable love connection.
Except wait a beat for that inevitability. Because this is all about the not wanting to be where you are and the quirky things they discover about each other. It’s all that which permits a growing on each other which leads to that more “real feeling”/ plausible connection. I liked that. Scratch that, I really liked that.
There’s that newness, that ‘how different you are!’ that lets the tenser moments seep in, too. It’s here where parallels of what was and could have been that make ALIENATED a surprisingly deeper read than I was thinking it was going to be:
The little then big divides people perceive are not exclusively held on one side. There’s preconceptions each have to deal with. A friend so cleverly pointed out that this wasn’t just fish out of water and it being funny while at it; it’s got a depth with more than one moment of someone on the other side of a two way mirror, waiting for/expecting for a screw up to happen. So couple preconceptions and prejudging with actions of the not so stellar variety, well it’s clear while things start out as funny, and progress reliably toward the romantic… well, it’s not just both those things.
(I enjoyed the funny bits the most though.)
Thank you, M!
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