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Monday, June 14, 2010

Review: Half-Life of Planets (Franklin/Halpin)

Title: Half-Life of Planets
Author: Franklin/Halpin
Genre: Fiction, Humor, Music, Friendship
Pages: 256
Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5 stars

Liana is an aspiring planetary scientist...and a kissing addict.  Some kids at school call her a slut.  This summer, though, she plans to spend every hour in the lab, studying stars and avoiding boys. Hank has never been kissed. He’s smart, funny, and a talented musician.  He is also socially awkward, because he’s got Asperger’s syndrome. Hank’s plan for the summer is to work at a music store and save enough to buy the Fender Jazzmaster he craves.  When Liana and Hank cross paths in the women’s bathroom at the hospital (don't ask), their summer plans head in a course neither could have predicted.

This is a great book, which I know Ms. LaBrie will snap up for the summer.  Written in alternating chapters, by two different authors, this book captures the essence of friendship.  It is humorous, quirky, and true-to-life.  I liked that Hank had Asperger's and yet, this isn't a "book about a boy with Asperger's."  Music fans will enjoy Hank's wealth of musical knowledge and trivia.  A must-read! 

1 comment:

Erinn said...

This was my favorite book of the summer. I loved it!


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