I am super excited to be today’s stop on the LOVE AND OTHER ALIEN EXPERIENCES Blog Tour. I was immediately drawn to this book because of its title. Then I checked out its description and knew that I had to read it.
And I absolutely loved it and its characters. It was everything I hoped it would be. It was funny, and sweet, and romantic. A total feel-good read.
If you’d like to know what else I thought, feel free to check out my review below. And if you’d like to know what some others bloggers thought or read a few interviews with the author, be sure to check out all the stops on the tour.
About LOVE AND OTHER ALIEN EXPERIENCES
Title: LOVE AND OTHER ALIEN EXPERIENCES
Author: Kerry Winfrey
Release date: November 10, 2015
Publisher: The Studio, a Paper Lantern Lit imprint
In this heartwarming debut by Hellogiggles blogger Kerry Winfrey, a young agoraphobe begins a journey of first love that leads her to the true meaning of home—just by taking one small step outside of her house.
My name is Mallory Sullivan.
My therapist says I have an anxiety disorder.
My brother says I’m an “optimistic recluse.”
Everybody else says I’m a freak.
And they kind of have a point, because I haven’t left the house in 67 days and only attend class via the webcam on my laptop. The person I talk to the most other than my mom and brother is the completely obnoxious BeamMeUp, and all we do is argue on New Mexico’s premiere alien message board.
But after yesterday, I have something: a chance. If I can win the homecoming crown by convincing resident hot popular guy and Friday Night Lights spawn Brad Kirkpatrick to go as my date, then maybe #stayathome will never appear next to the name @Mallory_Sullivan ever again.
First, I have to leave my room.
NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.
There are certain stories that make you happy to have read them. LOVE AND OTHER ALIEN EXPERIENCES is one of those reads. It is sweet and funny and romantic and a little bit sad. Its main character, Mallory Sullivan, is interesting and entertaining, sympathetic, amusing, and braver than she knew herself to be. And with her well-meaning if slightly devious brother Lincoln and best friend Jenni, two cute boys, and a seemingly outrageous plan to achieve the impossible, it promises to make you laugh, smile, swoon, and keep you captivated from beginning to end.
After her father left without an explanation as to why, where he was going, or if he’d be back, Mal’s life began to fall apart. Now the only place she feels safe is at home, attending school remotely by webcam, socializing only with her brother and her best friend – the only friend who stuck with her after her major meltdown – and posting on the We Are Not Alone message board.
While she wished she never had to leave the house, she knew her therapist wasn’t going to let her off that easy, her mother couldn’t take much more of her being a recluse, her physics teacher was insisting on an in-person midterm, and she’d never be able to find and confront her father from the self-imposed prison she called home. If she could just con herself into believing she was strong enough, capable enough, safe enough, she might be able to pull it off and get back the life she lost.
Or maybe all she needed was an impossible challenge and a huge incentive to overcome her fears.
Kerry Winfrey penned an absolutely delightful and engaging and unputdownable story that lightly touches on a number of issues – agoraphobia, anxiety, pressure, stress, unrealistic expectations, unfair judgment, abandonment, and failure. She keeps her story from becoming weighty by adding humor, flirtation, and romance. And she keeps it exciting by incorporating drama, tension, and a few unexpected surprises, twists and turns of event.
The author introduces a lovable heroine who is fighting to regain control of her life and involves her in an outlandish scheme that will either prove a huge success or an abject failure. Her supporting characters are a mix of good-intentioned, helpful and understanding, and frustrated, confused, misunderstood and moody. But they all play a role in Mallory’s road to recovery.
Everything wraps up nicely at the story’s end, though the ending does feel a bit rushed and some aspects might have been fleshed out more to keep the pacing more consistent. But this doesn’t take you out of the story or take away from its enjoyment.
LOVE AND OTHER ALIEN EXPERIENCES is a quick, enchanting, and feel-good read that can easily be devoured in one sitting. It is heartwarming and uplifting, with both a character and a love story you can’t help but want to root for. It’s a story you’ll fall instantly in love with and want to read again.
About Kerry Winfrey
(Photo copyright Alex Winfrey)
Kerry Winfrey grew up in Bellville, Ohio, where she spent most of her time reading inappropriate books at the library. Not much has changed. Kerry writes for HelloGiggles and blogs at welcometoladyville.com. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and their dog, Merlin. You can find her on Twitter @KerryAnn.
The Tour Schedule
- Nov. 11th | Read My Breath Away – Review
- Nov. 12th | Swoony Boys Podcast – Review
- Nov. 13th | Reading Lark – Interview
- Nov. 16th | Fiktshun – Review
- Nov. 17th | Bookish Lifestyle – Review
- Nov. 18th | Katie’s Book Blog – Review
- Nov. 19th | Author Stalker – Interview
- Nov. 20th | Pop! Goes the Reader – Review
- Nov. 23rd | Comfy Reading – Review