How I Stole Johnny Depp's Alien Girlfriend

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David Gershwin's summer is about to take a turn for the weird. When his dad's new patient Zelda tells him shes from outer space and on a quest to take Johnny Depp back to her planet, he knows he should run away screaming. But with one look from her mean, green eyes, David's hooked, and soon he's leaping across rooftops, running from police, and stealing cars just to stay by her side. He might not be a typical hero, but David's going to get the girl even if it takes him to the ...

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Overview

David Gershwin's summer is about to take a turn for the weird. When his dad's new patient Zelda tells him shes from outer space and on a quest to take Johnny Depp back to her planet, he knows he should run away screaming. But with one look from her mean, green eyes, David's hooked, and soon he's leaping across rooftops, running from police, and stealing cars just to stay by her side. He might not be a typical hero, but David's going to get the girl even if it takes him to the ends of the earthor beyond.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this quirky, hyperkinetic debut, French author Ghislain combines action and absurdity to excellent effect. Fourteen-year-old David is used to his therapist father working with odd patients, but this one takes the cake. Zelda claims to be a warrior woman from the planet Vahalal, on Earth to find her chosen mate: Johnny Depp. With David as her much bewildered guide, she travels from David's village in Normandy to Paris, where she only has hours to succeed before her path home vanishes forever. With the aid of David's unpredictable kinda-stepsister, Malou, they try to track down Depp, running afoul of other Vahalalians, those who never made it home and will do anything to end their time on Earth by completing Zelda's mission ("Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Robert freaking Pattinson! I don't care. We will abduct every single Hollywood stud if it will bring us back to Vahalal"). With violent alien superwomen, the authorities, and his family in hot pursuit, David is having the weirdest time of his life. Short but sweet, this improbably entertaining adventure feels like a Daniel Pinkwater treatment for an early John Cusack film. Ages 12–up. (June)
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—With a decidedly European sensibility, this French import takes readers on a madcap, quirky adventure with nerdy 14-year-old David Gershwin, who quickly falls for Zelda, a hard-case patient in his father's therapy practice. Zelda appears to be suffering from the delusion that she is a warrior from the alien planet Vahalal and must meet with her "chosen one," Johnny Depp, in order to save her Amazonian race from extinction. Beautiful and feral, Zelda has an emotionally stiff manner and brash, violent behavior; even her wardrobe of designer bathing suits seems to come straight from 1930s sci-fi serials. David uses his life's savings to bribe his (sort of) stepsister, sophisticated urbanite Malou, into taking them on a boozy road trip to gate-crash a Parisian party where Depp is rumored to be going. What Zelda doesn't count on is developing feelings for David before she has a chance to meet up with her on-screen idol. The already-strange novel takes a turn toward the surreal at the end. An interesting debut, shorter and more accessible than Libba Bray's Going Bovine (Delacorte, 2009), this novel should appeal to mature YA readers looking for short, humorous, action-packed science fiction.—Madigan McGillicuddy, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, GA
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"This book should be in the hands of every teen male reader" - Shelf Awareness

"[T]his improbably entertaining adventure feels like a Daniel Pinkwater treatment for an early John Cusack film" - Publishers Weekly

"With a decidedly European sensibility, this French import takes readers on a madcap, quirky adventure..." - School Library Journal

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—With a decidedly European sensibility, this French import takes readers on a madcap, quirky adventure with nerdy 14-year-old David Gershwin, who quickly falls for Zelda, a hard-case patient in his father's therapy practice. Zelda appears to be suffering from the delusion that she is a warrior from the alien planet Vahalal and must meet with her "chosen one," Johnny Depp, in order to save her Amazonian race from extinction. Beautiful and feral, Zelda has an emotionally stiff manner and brash, violent behavior; even her wardrobe of designer bathing suits seems to come straight from 1930s sci-fi serials. David uses his life's savings to bribe his (sort of) stepsister, sophisticated urbanite Malou, into taking them on a boozy road trip to gate-crash a Parisian party where Depp is rumored to be going. What Zelda doesn't count on is developing feelings for David before she has a chance to meet up with her on-screen idol. The already-strange novel takes a turn toward the surreal at the end. An interesting debut, shorter and more accessible than Libba Bray's Going Bovine (Delacorte, 2009), this novel should appeal to mature YA readers looking for short, humorous, action-packed science fiction.—Madigan McGillicuddy, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, GA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811874601
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 6/8/2011
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 335,394
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL570L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Ghislain is a French-American author living in Antibes, France. This is his first novel.

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  • Posted August 5, 2011

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    Reviewed by Lauren Ashley for TeensReadToo

    David's dad often has patients in their home, in order to help them with their mental issues. However, there has never been anyone quite like Zelda. She swears she is from another planet and has come to Earth to find her one true love. David instantly falls for her, captivated by her wild nature and even wilder stories (or so he believes). Soon, Zelda is on the run and David finds himself dragged along to keep her safe and in his sights. Because Zelda is after one man - Johnny Depp. The premise of this story is really fun and the overall book is a quick read, filled with the police and chases and creepy alien women. The idea that Zelda would go after Johnny Depp sounds simple enough for us human women, but Zelda didn't actually know her "one true love" was a famous movie star. One of the things that makes this book interesting is the setting. It takes place in Paris, which makes sense as that is where Johnny lives. I like that there is a YA book out there for the U.S. market that isn't set in the United States. You often get other countries when the tale is historical, but this is nothing but a contemporary...with elements of sci-fi, of course. Unless Zelda is faking. Is she? Why is David so captivated by her then? HOW I STOLE JOHNNY DEPP'S ALIEN GIRLFRIEND was a fun and fast read, and I can see a lot of boys AND girls enjoying this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2014

    What fun!

    Fast-paced and packed full of charm!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2011

    Reveiw from e4c

    Great book, plenty of action and romance.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

    ¿How I Stole Johnny Depp¿s Alien Girlfriend¿ is about a regular

    “How I Stole Johnny Depp’s Alien Girlfriend” is about a regular earthling helping an alien space girl named Zelda find her chosen on and return him to planet Zook. Zelda was stealing food from a super market just outside of Paris and that is how they found her. She then had to go to a therapist and they chose David’s dad to be her therapist. David is the main character in the story. He stays with Zelda and accompanies her on her journey. One night Zelda tries to leave the house and ends up knocking out David’s dad and running off and that is when he decides that Zelda is too dangerous for David. What David’s dad does not know is that he has already been spending time with Zelda. They have been doing things like throwing marbles and she has been telling him all about her planet. His father also does not know is that David has already fallen in love with Zelda. It might be obvious that David has to go back to Paris and stay with his mom for the rest of the summer. Once he gets to his moms, he finds out that Zelda has tagged along with them. She space splashed into the car before they left. That is when she moves faster than the speed of light. She is space flopped when does that so she can possibly die. While they are in Paris, the problems just get bigger. She only has a limited amount of time to find her chosen one and she has already lost a lot of time. She has a tattoo that is the key to unlock the doors to enter planet Zook. The closer the time comes for her o go back to Zook the more the tattoo fades away. If the tattoo fades away before she goes back to her home planet then she will have to stay on Earth and live as if she was a homeless person. She would have to eat food off the ground and do dirty work for the elder mother. At one point in time, she realizes that she cannot handle the task anymore so she passes the key to David. They she has to pass over the key are through sexual intercourse. However, David does not remember a thing. His sister just wakes him up, he does not have any clothes on, and Zelda is gone. He has the same tattoo that Zelda has on her arm on his arm. Later in the story David and his sister Malou end up in a nuthouse because the police caught them. David does not realize that Zelda was in there until they are getting ready to go. Once David and Malous parents get of them they sneak out later that night to go back and get Zelda. They know that they are not going to be able to beat all those cops on their own so they ask the mother and her slaves for help. They accept his offer only if he lets them into Zook. So, they go to the nuthouse and within 20 minutes, the whole place is burned down. They found Zelda and dragged her out of the building and put her in the back of the bus a strapped her down. Zelda did not want them to go to Zook. At the end, they still go to Zook. However, what happens to Zelda, Malou, and David.

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