A heart-wrenching romance full of twists that are sure to bring tears to readers’ eyes, from Cat Jordan, author of The Leaving Season.
How long does it take to travel twenty light years to Earth?
How long does it take to fall in love?
To the universe, eight days is a mere blip, but to Matty Jones, it may be just enough time to change his life.
On the hot summer day Matty’s dad leaves for good, a strange girl suddenly appears in the empty field next to the Jones farm—the very field in rural Pennsylvania where a spaceship supposedly landed fifty years ago. She is uniquely beautiful, sweet, and smart, and she tells Matty she’s waiting for her spaceship to pick her up and return her to her home planet. Of course she is.
Matty has heard a million impossible UFO stories for each of his seventeen years: the conspiracy theories, the wild rumors, the crazy belief in life beyond the stars. When he was a kid, he and his dad searched the skies and studied the constellations. But all of that is behind him. Dad’s gone—but now there’s Priya. She must be crazy…right?
As Matty unravels the mystery of the girl in the field, he realizes there is far more to her than he first imagined. And if he can learn to believe in what he can’t see: the universe, aliens…love…then maybe the impossible is possible, after all.
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In many ways, Eight Days on Planet Earth is a look at how a teenaged boy copes with the downturns in his life, including his father's abandonment of the family, and finds hope in the most unlikely of places. When his dad runs off with his own brother's wife, Matty reacts with a bit of a stiff upper lip and some disdain for his mom's apparent inability to accept the situation. As far as Matty can tell, his dad has been less than a great family man for a long time but he's not about to show his deep hurt. On top of that, he has pretty much zero chance of developing anything with his secret crush and he and his mom are having a rough road financially. What should be that wonderful last summer before senior year is turning out to be anything but. Then he finds an almost otherworldly girl in the field next to the farm, the field where a UFO landed years before, and Priya is a puzzle on many levels beginning with why she's in the field in the first place. When Priya tells him she's waiting for the spaceship to come back for her, he certainly doesn't know what to think but he's drawn to her. Priya appears to need looking after and she's the perfect distraction from his woes but she becomes much more to him. Matty does feel a need to protect this strange and wonderful girl but, to his surprise, a deep emotional connection begins to develop. Those eight days are slowmoving but they also pass in a flash and the ending tore my heart out while, at the same time, it gave me a glimpse of the fine young man Matty is destined to become. This is a story of hurt and hope and love of all kinds and I'm very glad to have made Matty's acquaintance.
The book recounts the events that transpire over the course of an eight day period. Matty is on summer break before his final year of high school, and he plans to just hang around the lake with his friends. However, he wakes up to find that his father, a conspiracy theorist and UFO blogger, has left his family. Also on that day, Matty meets Priya, a strange girl who claims to be waiting for a ride back to her planet, which is 20 light years away. She sets up camp in the field near Matty's house, where a spaceship is said to have landed at the same moment that his father was born. Because of his father's interest in astronomy and aliens, Matty has developed a healthy skepticism about all things alien. But, over the course of the next few days, he finds himself slowly believing. And as he learns to see his world the way Priya sees it, he learns to appreciate what he has. But is Priya really an alien or is just plain crazy? Or is the truth something else entirely? The author does a great job getting inside the head of Matty, the seventeen-year-old male narrator. I love Matty's relationship with his mother and his interactions with Priya. I also love Priya's description of the sensation of eating pizza. This book is cute, funny, and sad, all at the same time. Compulsively readable. Warnings: coarse language, sexual references, sex scenes (not graphic), alcohol abuse (by adults), infidelity. I received this book in return for an honest review. Full blog post: https://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com/2017/10/eight-days-on-planet-earth-by-cat-jordan.html
I can't describe to you how this book moved me, not exactly. The characters are a bunch of regular young folks between their youth and adulthood, thrown into an irregular situation over the span of 8 days and a lot happens in those 8 days. I've read a lot of books that were a joy to read but many lack a sense of reality, I've read a lot of books that are very true to life, a little too uncomfortably true. This book was a great blend of both, funny, grounded, emotional, thought-provoking, sad, heartbreaking and lovely. Just a beautiful book about 8 days you wish never ended, about beliefs and dreams, you hope never die.