Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Book Review: Alien Love Story by A.K Dawson

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Summary:
Source: Goodreads 
Love at first sighting. 

Life is a headache for 15-year-old Dan. This isn’t some kind of metaphor. Dan suffers from migraines that make just about everything he does unbearable. Added to that he’s lost almost everyone he cares about. So he feels lonelier than the last puppy in a pet shop.

But one day he sees a mysterious girl digging in the rubbish bins behind his house. Just by being near her, he finds that all his pain goes away. So he wants to see her again, of course. And get to know her. But she’s a bit strange. And her big eyes make her look, well, like an alien.

Does she really exist? Or is she just a figment of an overactive, under-loved imagination?

Close encounters of the romantic kind. 

From Northern England to outer space, and from Dan’s bedroom to the sandwich shop over the road, ALIEN LOVE STORY is about a close encounter of the romantic variety. But there’s more to it than that.

This book is about discovering parts of yourself you never knew existed. It’s about coping with grief and somehow moving on. And it’s about how Dan breaks into a mad scientist’s lab to perform a daring rescue – but that bit comes much later.

For now it’s enough to know there will be excitement, adventure and kissing. Lots of kissing. We did say it was a love story, didn’t we? So fasten your safety belt, put on some background music and enjoy the book.
 

Review:
            I've been holding off this review for quite sometime because I really wanted to like this book and give it a second chance. But unfortunately the plot felt draggy and also, there were some problems that I had while reading this book. First problem was that I did not like Dan (Protagonist). He came off as a horny teenage boy rather than a gentlemen. It felt like he was trying to help Alexander for his own benefit (he wants her as a girlfriend). Second problem were the misogynistic remarks throughout the book. An example would be "girls don't care about things like that. They just want someone to hold them tightly and make them laugh once in a while".  This book presents females as somewhat shallow. Furthermore, this book did not present a love story but rather a superficial kind of love for me. 
            Moving on what I like about this book is the coping with grief and moving on theme. I believe that those factors are what made this book relatable. In the end, I would still recommend this book to readers who enjoy alien stories and stories with dry humour. 


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More about the Author:
Andrew Dawson is a copywriter and writes novels under his top-secret pseudonym AK Dawson. He is also looking for a good book to read.

Purchase the book here: Amazon

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XOXO,

Isabel

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