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The Only Alien on the Planet

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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  1,736 ratings  ·  358 reviews
They've all gotten used to him. The one who never speaks. The one who never smiles. They all say he's retarded. So, though his name is Smitty, they call him "The Alien." And from the moment Ginny sees him she knows she has to meet him. Because she's been feeling weird since she and her family moved from the West Coast. She knows what its like to feel alone. Ginny decides t ...more
Paperback, 229 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (first published January 1st 1995)
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Lindsey

I saw this book in a pile of discarded school library books that had been donated to the library where I work. The title put me off for a moment, but the summary intrigued me, so I dropped a quarter in the donation jar and took it home. It utterly captured me.

At first Ginny was the attraction. It's good to find a main character with the hero's heart--trying to do right, even when it's hard, intensely loyal in her friendships and family relationships, and mostly unselfish while still wonderfull
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Janette
I started this book one evening, thinking I would read for a little bit before I went to bed. I couldn't put the book down. I finished it at 3:30 in the morning, knowing that not only was I going to be really tired the next day, I was going to have to skip breakfast in order to get a bit more shut-eye. So yeah, this is one I'd recommend.

It talked about abuse but not in a way that was so depressing you wanted to give up your faith in humanity. I've been thinking about the book since then, wonder
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Melissa
This is my favorite book of all time and that is saying something. The writing, the story, the characters. This book is wonderfull. I can't say enough good. Don't let the title throw you. I have reread this book 5 times and have two copies so I can lend it out. It is good and clean and a great book for teens to read! I would make my students read this if I was a teacher. It would also be great for any book club and Kristen Randel is great about writing back. LOve This book.LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LO ...more
Scribs
One of the most unique and fascinating books I've ever read. No fantasy elements, no sci-fi, no romance triangle. (don't you like it already?)

The characterization is some of the best I've ever read. Ginny's is nothing special--she's in a few honor's classes, she has a crush on a guy from afar that plays the french horn, her brothers tease her, and she's a little bit of a coward. The most interesting thing about her IMO is her family. LOVE that she has a supportive family with actual parents pres
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Judy
This is a wonderful book and one of my favorites. I read it while I was a teenager and kept on signing it out from the library. In the end, I had to get my own copy because it is a book that I revisit every year or two.

The story follows Ginny, whose family has been uprooted to a new place where she has to make new friends and fit in. She befriends her next door neighbour, Caulder, and becomes drawn into the mystery surrounding Caulder's friend - Smitty. Smitty does not smile, does not speak, do
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Kristi
Great book! I seriously read it in one sitting. (Which means it is a pretty quick read, too, because I am a slow reader.) I hate the title. I thought after reading the book I would like the title better; I don't. I would have never read it if my dearest friend hadn't recommend it.

It is the story of a senior girl that moves into a new town. She learns that she lives next to a boy that never talks, ever. Another friend and she decide to befriend him and find a way to break him out of his "shell."
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Diana
Ginny was happy and comfortable with her life. That is, until her parents uprooted the family and moved practically to a new planet. Now, her parents are never home, her best-friend brother has gone away to school, and she has to make friends starting from scratch. She’s miserable. Then she meets a boy- at least, it’s as close to “meeting” can be with a human being who doesn’t communicate or even look at anyone. Intrigued, Ginny and her new friend Caulder make an experiment of this so-called ali ...more
Allison
This book...a friend forced me to read it. I didn't want to at first - it sounded kind of disturbing - but once I started it I couldn't put it down. I read it in less than two hours.

It's very obviously written for young adults, but it's not childish at all. So often young adult authors try to write like they hear young people speak and the results are disastrous. Kristen Randle's dialogue flows effortlessly - her characters speak like real teenagers but avoid sounding forced and without being id
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Debbie
I remember reading this book in a carrel at the library at school, although I'd bought the book, so I don't know why I would have been reading it at the library. What I remember more clearly is finishing the book but still feeling like I was in the book. I get sucked into books while I'm reading them, and sometimes I'll think a lot about them afterward, but I don't think any book has ever held me in its world for so long. (It wasn't days or anything, probably just half-an-hour.) I wasn't even re ...more
Allison
This book had an interesting story about how impressionable a child can be and how it can so negatively affect his whole life. However, it was at times a little unbelievable because if his parents had been even a little involved in his life they would've figured out how to help him.
Other than that - I felt like the teenage characters in this book spoke like they were all highly educated adults. Not really realistic of how most teenagers speak.
Not a terrible read though . . .
Eleni ( La Femme Readers )
The Only Alien On The Planet was a well written, thought-provoking masterpiece. Lately, I've been complaining that a lot of YA books lack the wow factor. Well, I finally found one! The beginning was a little slow due to the character development, but I did enjoy it. I definitely got to know the characters on a personal level. After a few chapters, the book became very addictive. I simply couldn't put it down, it was attached to my hand until I finished it. At first, Smitty's character was very m ...more
Michelle
I read this book ages ago and was just thinking that I needed to read it again. It is YA, but as you know I enjoy them just as much as adult ones!!

Ginny was happy and comfortable with her life. That is, until her parents uprooted the family and moved practically to a new planet. Now, her parents are never home, her best-friend brother has gone away to school, and she has to make friends starting from scratch. She’s miserable. Then she meets a boy- at least, it’s as close to “meeting” can be with
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jo mo
3.5/5

i actually, really, honestly thought this was a sci-fi book, an assumption based solely on the title and (gorgeous!) 90ies cover. i was wrong. oh, so wrong.

ginny and her family relocate to another place. a new school. new faces. she makes some friends and finds a intriguing young man at school, who's treated like a pariah. michael (the pariah) doesn't talk, nor does he show any kind of emotion. she's curious and learns more about him than she bargained for. ginny feels responsible when she
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Brin
Sometimes a book can take you completely by surprise. The Only Alien on the Planet is one such book. I bought this on a whim, thinking the description sounded intriguing (though the title did initially put me off a bit). I started reading and found I couldn't stop until I had finished the book. I then went back and read it through again, not something I do very often.

The Only Alien on the Planet is the story of Ginny, a high school senior whose parents have decided to uproot and move from the We
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Chris
Jun 07, 2010 Chris rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chris by: Maren Fischer
Shelves: young-adult
A good book that is probably perfect for its intended audience: idealistic teens trying to make a difference in the world. The book is actually less didactic than I expected, and the elements that felt contrived (let's get rid of the parents for 2 months so Ginny can't talk to them about things) were in the setup at the beginning, and the actual playout of the story was good. I was pleasantly surprised with the epilogue, and still haven't decided how far in the future "since then" refers to.

For
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Tayler Bingham
This was the very first book I saw in the Young Adult section of our library. The title itself drew me in with its intrigue, and I was not disappointed! The title is absolutely indicative of what the book possesses.
Ginny, a young high school girl going through the pangs of moving to a new town, is our main character. Throughout her absolutely frightful days of being into a new town, Ginny finally meets those couple friends that make any new girl's cloudy days seem like hope is in the horizon. B
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Taxandria
I literally stayed up all last night reading this novel. The synopsis was so gripping, I just had to know what was up with Smitty. The first part of the book reminded me a bit of the film, The Boy Who Could Fly. In that film, 15 year old Milly meets a silent boy who lives next door to her and is in her classes at school. Her teacher even asks her to make a bit of a special project of him, and she spends a lot of time reading to him, taking him to the park etc.

Ginny is a similar type, new to the
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Sharon Marchingo

I found this undiscovered book while stocktaking and was delighted to find out that it was not science fiction but a book about teenagers and relationships. As an ALA (American Library Association) best book for young adults, I was immediately intrigued. On the back cover, it is described as, ‘An inside look at a ‘good’ family gone bad.’
Main character Ginny, moves to a new city with her loving family for a fresh start and for her to finish her senior year at a new school. She is annoyed and fru
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Deb Canales
This book made me love reading. It was one of the first books I just couldn't let it down. I read it so fast, when I finished I missed the characters. I really wanted it to last longer. I read it when I was a teenager so maybe it's a bit corny; I haven't read it recently since I don't own a copy. It's a great book and I strongly recommend it.
Laura
I first read this book in seventh grade and fell in love with it. I've read it many, many times since and I still can't put it down. The mystery of Smitty's silence is irresistible and the friendship between the three main characters is complex and poignant. I would certainly recommend this book to any young adult and even older ones--it's great!
Stephanie
This is my absolute favorite book. I even read to my kids at school. The author captures the normal struggles of social life and growing up. The best part of the plot, however, is behind the mysterious Smitty Tibbs. This is a quick read, but with lots of quotable parts. My eighth graders loved it, our school counselor loved it. Read it!
Kaylee
Ginny is new to the school and feels out of place and not herself. But her life is about to change when she meets Smitty, the "unearthly beautiful boy" and her new neighbor and soon-to-be best friend, Caulder. Smitty never speaks. He never makes eye contact. And no one has ever touched him. Everyone calls him “The Alien." From learning this, Ginny decides to be his friend, and with the help and persistence of Caulder they begin to see the human inside...will they be able to help him come out?
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Tanya
Apr 24, 2012 Tanya rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tanya by: Mom
Shelves: young-adult
I can't say enough good things about this book. It is for young adults, but it is an excellent read for adults too. I learned that sometimes friendships don't come easy, and you really can't judge other people by just what you see on the outside.
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Sabih Hansmukh
Wow ... i really want to this one, when i hear about it 4m my frnd... no word 4 that 1.. This is my favorite book of all time and that is saying something.
Debbie Armbruster
I didn't love this book, but I didn't hate it either.

_The Only Alien on the Planet_ was recommended to me when a friend learned that I was reading _The Perks of Being a Wallflower_. Sadly, I didn't find OAP to be as good a book. The characters were somewhat irksome and frankly didn't sound like teenagers - even teens circa 1995. While the reactions of the traumatized character were realistic, the treatment laid out was unethical in the extreme and the bottom line is that the story didn't really
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Emily
Nope, this is not a science fiction book.

I LOVED this book! Well written, good characters, just plain good.
Namratha
You know what is worse than an overrated book?
An underrated book.

The Only Alien on the Planet falls into the latter category. It is a quiet book that has been burdened with a lack-lustre cover.
If you are a Book-Cover-loving-fiend like me, you would spare a glance for this dry book languishing upon a YA Shelf at the bookstore, sniff disdainfully at what you would assume to be another soppy, schmaltzy piece of vamp-lit and walk away.

I did just that. Well, almost. I did read the blurb and I also r
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Annie
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Amber Bieser
This was a book about a girl who moved to a new place and found two boys. One was her friend almost immediately, while the other was a mystery. He was often referred to as 'the alien' because he was very distant and never spoke a word. The three of them hung out and slowly she learns more about him.

I really liked this book, how it explored an issue not really explored often. Emotion abuse is very real and extremely damaging. But it is harder to see, recognize, and label. I am glad a book was so
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