From a Distant Star – Karen McQuestion

5/5 stars.

Many thanks to Amazon Publishing and Skyscape, via Netgalley, for an opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Recipe for this book:

1. Begin with 1/2 cup of stereotypical teenage romance, wherein Emma’s boyfriend Lucas is dying from cancer. Throw in 1 T. of doubt that this book is going to be any more interesting than aforementioned stereotypical teenage romances. Stir well.

2. Add 2 cups of a sad, innocent, lonely — but incredibly smart and adorable — alien named Scout (who takes over Lucas’ body in order to survive), and a half cup of excitement that the book is actually going to be something different than it started out seeming to be; mix thoroughly.

3. Sprinkle in a pinch (or a bit more, depending on flavor of mixture thus far) of nagging fear that Emma is never going to get Lucas back and that Scout is never going to get home; stir well.

4. Add 1 cup of exciting adventure and 2 cups of a happy ending that makes everyone happy. Mix well.

5. Place in oven and bake for 6 hours.  Enjoy!

Really, really enjoyed this book (as if it’s not evident by now). Scout was so sweet. The only downside is that I feel that I got to know Scout better, as he learns to navigate Earth, than I ever really knew Emma. Nevertheless, I wouldn’t hesitate for a moment to recommend this book to those of my friends who like books that defy overused tropes. I look forward to see what other books Ms. McQuestion will be writing!


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