I have to admit, I kind of giggled a little bit at the synopsis for Earth to Charlie by Justin Olson. This is a cute and quirky YA novel that a part of me thinks might be fun to read, but another part of me knows I’d probably be better off leaving for those who would enjoy it more. While I definitely adore the premise, I just have this feeling that this is the sort of book I would get bored with fairly quickly. It’s all about that contemporary aspect, unfortunately. But I would definitely say that if you think this book sounds like something you might enjoy start to finish, give it a shot.
A high school outcast spends his life hoping to be abducted by aliens in this funny, quirky novel about finding your footing in a world that sometimes feels like Mars.
Convinced his mother has been abducted by aliens, Charlie Dickens spends his nights with an eye out for UFOs, hoping to join her. After all, she said the aliens would come back for him. Charlie will admit that he doesn’t have many reasons to stick around; he doesn’t get along well with his father, he’s constantly bullied at school and at work, and the only friend he has is his 600-pound neighbor Geoffrey, and Geoffrey’s three-legged dog, Tickles.
Then Charlie meets popular, easy-going Seth, who shows him what real friendship is all about. For once, he finds himself looking around at the life he’s built, rather than looking up. But sooner than he expected, Charlie has to make a decision: should he stay or should he go?
What are your thoughts on Earth to Charlie? Does it sound intriguing to you or nah? What do you think about the fact that he wants to be abducted by aliens? Or the fact that he’s convinced his mother was? Any predictions about this book? Let me know your answers in the comments! And happy reading!