Saturday, August 27, 2011

Book Review: How I Stole Johnny Depp's Alien Girlfriend

Title: How I Stole Johnny Depp's Alien Girlfriend
Author: Gary Ghislain
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: June 8, 2011
ISBN-13: 978-0811874601

208 pp.

Reading copy from local library


Yeah, it's funny. Yeah, there's a sci-fi twist. No, there's no actual Johnny Depp. But don't let that stop you from reading Gary Ghislain's hilarious, hi-jinks filled book.

David is a 14 year old living in France with his dad, a shrink for troubled kids. And when Zelda, a superhot girl who is supertrouble, becomes his dad's latest patient, David can't stay away from her. Even though she says she's from outer space. And on a mission to find her Chosen One. Who happens to be Johnny Depp.

There's a ton of action, lots of laughs, and a French sensibility. By that I mean there is implied sex, although it works as both a plot point and character development. But this may be icky to some readers (especially given that David is 14; if he were 16, I think the ick-factor would be less), so know your reader well before you recommend.

That said, I would recommend this book to readers who enjoyed Burger Wuss by M.T. Anderson or Spacer and Rat by Margaret Bechard.

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