The Outsider (Roswell High, #1)
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The Outsider (Roswell High #1)

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He's not like other guys. Liz has seen him around. It's hard to miss Max-- the tall, blond, blue-eyed senior stands out in her high-school crowd. So why is he such a loner?

Max is in love with Liz. He loves the way her eyes light up when she laughs. And the way her long, black hair moves when she turns her head. Most of all, he loves to imagine what it would be like to kiss...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Simon Spotlight Entertainment
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Kruti
One of the rare instances when the show was better than the book. Between the multiple POVs, the insta-love and the childish writing, I don't know what was worse. The only reason I will continue to read these books is, well firstly I'm nothing if not mildly compulsive and secondly, I know it has potential. Huge potential. I only know this from having seen all three seasons of the television series.
Lissa Smith
Jan 07, 2014 Lissa Smith rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adult & Young Adult Reader of all ages
Goodreads Synopsis

He's not like other guys.
Liz has seen him around. It's hard to miss Max -- the tall, blond, blue-eyed senior stands out in her high-school crowd. So why is he such a loner?

Max is in love with Liz. He loves the way her eyes light up when she laughs. And the way her long, black hair moves when she turns her head. Most of all, he loves to imagine what it would be like to kiss her.

But Max knows he can't get too close. He can't let her discover the truth about who he is. Or reall
...more
Ivy
This review is for all 10 books in the series. Melinda Metz writes a thoroughly engaging story about teen aliens who are trying to live among humans on earth while FBI and local authorities are on their trail to discover them and eventually whisk them away to a dissection lab.

Max and Isabel Evans, along with friend Michael Guerin are aliens whose spaceship crash landed on earth in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. Incubating in pods for 40 years, the pod squad hatch and somehow manage to make it into...more
Kat
Different stories than the show, which feeds my rabid fan girl inside. Definitely written for teens, but I can still enjoy it.
Arya
Sep 04, 2010 Arya rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who liked the TV show
Ok I love this book. Is the writing all that great? No. Is the plot remarkable? No. Is it completely awesome? Yes. Do I love it because I am a Roswell (the TV show) junkie . . . ummm that would also be a yes.
I just adore the TV show Roswell and all of its many characters. I even liked Sheriff Valenti - and yes I realize how sad this is.

This book is very different than the TV show (which makes it a pleasant surprise for me since I know the show from beginning to end). It is a good difference thou...more
Kimmie
I am a very big roswell fan. I probably always will be a roswellian . So roswell high is different then the show. The struggles they go through are different but the cast is easy to fall in love with. I have read these books over 5 times now and I can't get sick of them and probably never will. The characters still act the same as they do in the show for the most part - some characters become allies in the show which makes it great as well. I recommend these books to any alien romance fans or ro...more
Cara
When I was in sixth grade (2001-2002), I picked up the third book in the Roswell series for a quick read. High school, at the time, was as faraway as college seemed to a freshman. I was hooked on their slang and tangled love lives and the whole "alien" concept.

But I couldn't find any of the other books in that cardboard box with "FREE" scrawled on it in big black marker.

I eventually sold the book in a garage sale.

But yesterday, I was going through my AP English teacher's bookshelf for reading...more
Andrea Vazquez
wow! it was the best book i ever read in my entire life i love it is about this guy named max and he is an alien and he falls for liz but she got shot on her dads restaurant bhe saves her but tells her to life for him and then he would tell her the truth so she lies for him and she goes to talk to him he tells her the truth so she freaks out and rund out but then she realizes that she hado done wrong and so she starts protecting from kyle valeni's dad he is a sherif for a company that hunts down...more
Rebecca
The book is aimed at a teen audience, yet it uses language that would appeal to a 10 year old. I'm not even joking. I don't know if the author does this intentionally because she underestimates teenaged reading levels, or if its just plain bad writing. The only reason this book is not getting 1 star is because the story, the actual plot has such great potential. I know this because I've seen every episode of the television series. The fact that I'm huge fan of the show is the only thing that is...more
Linda Jaejoong
Ich gebe zu, dass ich mir das Buch nur gekauft habe, weil ich die Fernsehserie so abgöttisch liebe. Ich war sehr positiv von Band 1 überrascht. Es ist völlig anders als die Serie, aber dennoch sehr unterhaltsam. Es gab viele tolle Ideen im Buch und ich mich gefragt habe, warum sie nicht in der Serie umgesetzt wurden. Das alle eine Aura besitzen ist eine so coole Idee und hätte so toll gepasst, es verbindet die Figuren noch stärker miteinander.

Max fand ich in der Serie viel sympathischer und hatt...more
Daniel Devereux
It was fairly good, I loved the series but I found the third season a bit lacking. The characters in the first book seem a lot younger than the ones in the show. I plan on reading the rest of the series.

I've just read the book again for a Roswell read-a-thon and it was still good, the writing was a bit understated but I loved it just as well.
Stephanie
The whole time I read this book I kept thinking it was trying too hard to be like the vampire series...That, in combination with the fact that it wasn't written very well, was a real turn-off. And, since I was reading it on the nook, I was hugely annoyed with the typo's...Don't waste your time on this book.
Katie Kopecki
I am addicted to & obsessed with the TV show, Roswell. I read this in a few hours, and it's always fun to read the book series that was the basis for a movie or tv show. I give both the show and book series 5 stars!! Cant wait to read the other books x)
Mare S
Sep 20, 2007 Mare S rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the show & those who like ya series
Shelves: youngadult
I loved this series of books, which the tv show is loosely based on. The books are quite different from the series. Interesting and characters that I came to care about.
Julie Anderson
One of the few times, the show is far better than the book. The book is so poorly written. Really lacked clear description. Such a disappointment.
Marta
The Roswell TV series was based on these books and I'm afraid the series was my first connection to Roswell. I love the series so I couldn't avoid being a little disappointed when I started the book and the physical description of two of the main characters turned out so different. Some of the names have been slightly altered as well and in the book everyone's family seems a bit more complicated than in the series. One thing I really loved about the book is how close the characters come to each...more
Mary
great way to scratch that old roswell itch!
Avery Olive
I was a huge fan of the TV show back when it was on TV and truth be told didn't even know it was a Book Series until recently when I rewatched the shows on Netflix. Now that I'm an avid reader (in highschool I couldn't have cared less) I couldn't wait to pick up the books (also joined the Facebook Group Roswell Read-A-Thon)

I had to constantly remind myself that the book came before the show, and to read it as such and not judge. But when I pushed all that aside I really did enjoy the read.

It wa...more
Tanya Diehl
Roswell High: The Outsider is a book about the survivors of the Roswell Crash of 1957. There were 3 children in pods that emerged about 40 years later. They have been adopted into families and have become adept at keeping what they are hidden. Max loves Liz and when she is shot, he risks his secret coming out in order to heal her. Liz joins the secret with her two other friends and the 6 of them form a bond and vow to keep the secret safe. When the sheriff gets too close, they devise a plan to l...more
Patricia (Patricia's Particularity)
Anyone who loved the 90s and the "great" television shows they produced, will love the Roswell novel series, which inspired the television show. Being a 90's child I fell in love with the television show, and have come to love this novel series. Max, Isabel, and Michael are alien visitors on earth, who's ship crashed in the famous Roswell event. Max and Isabel found a home in the Parkers while Michael was left on his own, bouncing from home to home. In The Outsider these three "aliens" find them...more
John
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-k The Lady Critic
I love this television series (I own it all on DVD and watch it ALL THE TIME!) so when I discovered this first novel from the book series at a Salvation Army I scooped it up immediately to read while on vacation. I kind of just wish that it wasn’t the TV-series cover...

Even before starting to read I knew that there were going to be large differences between what was written and what happens during the show – so I wasn’t surprised when there were many differences. I went in well prepared and I lo...more
Charlynn
This is the first in a series of ten books by Melinda Metz published during the late 90's that were eventually turned into the popular television series Roswell. (Yes, I've watched the show. In fact, I own it on DVD, and I sometimes write fanfiction for it, too.) Anyway, I knew going into this book that I'd like it. In fact, I was thrilled to even find a copy of the first book through ILL, because the books are now out of print. Unfortunately, though, the other three books available to me throug...more
1Gloria onwugamba
Another one of my favorite books is Outsiders by a young 16 year old lady who wrote under the name S.E Hitman because she felt as though her book would sell more if she published as a boy instead of a girl. The moral of this story is a small town who separates them selves from the rich white kids to the poor white kids which they called the Socs and the Greasers. The Greasers were the ones who wore the greasy hairstyles and the tight pants and the Socs were privileged white "gangsters". They str...more
Lauren
I’m a die hard CW a.k.a. The WB fan. Many of my favorite shows (Buffy, Angel, Dawson’s Creek, Gilmore Girls, Charmed, etc.) have come from this awesome network. So about 2-3 years I happened to come across a little TV series called Roswell. Roswell aired between 1999-2002 approximately 3 seasons; a time span where I watched very little supernatural dramas or “real-person” shows because I was still in my Disney and Nickelodeon phase. Anyways, five episodes in and I was officially hooked. We’re ta...more
Sal Niner
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Heather
So I went into this having seen the series (and quite enjoying it) and then had to see if this book came first or the series did. Apparently the book did.

Anyway this was an incredibly quick read, not very long at all. I blew right through it. It had good pacing though. It felt a bit rushed at the end though, sort of anti-climactic. If you HAVE seen the series, it follows pretty well. A few things were changed in the series but nothing overly huge, (perhaps Max's appearance?) and I enjoyed it.

For...more
Joanna
I give this book a 3.5 stars but I am rounding it up because well, its Roswell. ;)
If you are a fan of the tv show Roswell, then I think you would get a kick of this book and the rest of the series. They don't follow the tv show, like the Vampire Diaries,and they are a quick read. (unlike TVD)

Liz Parker has grown up in the small town of Roswell,NM. Her family runs the popular cafe, The Crashown Cafe, where she works as a waitress with her best friend Maria. On a day that started off like any othe...more
Tim Telcik
Having been a long time fan of the TV series, it made sense to finally read the books which begat the TV show. In plain terms, I liked. It was interesting to see how the original story line from the book was massaged and/or forked into different story arcs for the TV show. The book was easy to read and provided a little more background on the characters which inspired the TV characters. Kudos to the author for pulling this book together. The only down side to the book I read ... a Kindle e-book...more
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