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Only Alien on the Planet

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Winner of multiple awards, praised by librarians and teachers as one of the best books ever written for teensNOW BACK IN PRINT!

New town, new school, new friends. It was difficult for Ginny at first, but her senior year is finally starting to feel kind of normal. That is, until she sees himthe beautiful mystery in her English class. He has never spoken a word to anyone. H

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Published September 1st 2009 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (first published January 1st 1995)
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♔ Jaela ♊ Killer ⚔ QUEEN

...every person comes to the hour of his birth with his personality already in place, for good or bad-and his life afterward will only shape what is already there.

I have mixed feelings about this book. It was nothing like I have imagined it would be. It had some disturbing situations, but other than that, it was very flat.

I didn't particularly liked any of the characters. Thy were very unrealistic. For teenagers, they acted like children, but talked like grown ups. It was distracting.

Ginny a
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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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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
Janette
Dec 17, 2012 Janette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Kimmy
Jul 08, 2015 Kimmy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In the end, it was just too... too... unrelenting, despite a reasonably hopeful ending and an often times intriguing presentation. I wanted to know more about Smitty and Caulder and Ginny. But it was often slow. So slow. Ginny never truly came alive as a likable, relatable character. The writing was often flat. I might have judged it harder than necessary, perhaps, because I didn't like the direction it headed.

Spoiler and personal musings----

I do not like stories with antisocial personality diso
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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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Heather *live on coffee and flowers*
This is '90s YA and there aren't even any vampires, yet I really enjoyed this! Trust me, no one is more surprised than I am. I only wish I'd heard of it when I was a teenager, because I would have devoured it then and been treasuring it all this time.

Judy
Aug 11, 2010 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, favorites
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
May 04, 2011 Kristi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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
Oct 03, 2007 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 21, 2008 Allison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Haley
Feb 17, 2015 Haley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Only Alien on the Planet is one of the most interesting books I have ever read. Our main character is Ginny, and we start with the classic move to a new town and changing on all that she knows. She meets a new boy named Caulder and begins to make new friends. But there is a strange boy named Smitty that she wants to know more about.

I would classify this as a mystery, I believe. As readers we are kept in the dark about a lot of different things, until nearing the end of the book. I found that
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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
Nov 06, 2009 Allison rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 . . .
Kristy
Aug 20, 2015 Kristy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reread this for the gazillionth time this week. This is an excellent book, and, obviously, one of my all-time favorites!
Holly
Jan 16, 2016 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Years ago (nearly 7 at this point), I spotted this at a Barnes and Noble on the shelf. The summary intrigued me, as did the title. I decided then that I wanted to read it. Clearly, it took me some time to actually do that.

Actually, this book wasn't close to being what I thought it would be. I thought it would be an alien story--for obvious reasons. Nope. Say goodbye to the ballpark you thought you were in. You're not even close.

I was totally fine with it not being about aliens. This subject matt
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Korben
Feb 20, 2015 Korben rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eng-356
The novel is told from the perspective of Ginny Christianson. She is from a functional family who owns a graphic design business. Her parents decide to move across the country right before her senior year of high school. Ginny is nervous about being in a new place and making friends. She makes friends with a boy named Caulder who then introduces her to an attractive boy name Smitty Tibbs. Smitty is known for being very intelligent, but no one has ever heard him speak. Through a series of events, ...more
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
Mar 10, 2008 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 liked it  ·  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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Cathy
Jun 01, 2016 Cathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of my daughter's favorite youth books last year. I liked it, but did not love it. It did make me think and my conclusion is that it was very unrealistic. Untrained teenage "friends" could not have done what these kids did, if "the alien" was as traumatized as he was in the beginning of the novel.
Jesse Painter
Feb 24, 2015 Jesse Painter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english-356
I loved this book, more than I actually thought I would.
I love how we really get to know the main characters, how they think and why. I loved that Caulder had good intentions and was an overall good guy, but made me want to punch him for callousness. The characters were complex, definitely reflecting reality and how humans are.
I also like how the story wasn't focused solely on Smitty and Ginny. Usually, parents, friends, and definitely siblings kind of "fade away." I liked how the siblings of bo
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Savannah Lott
Feb 23, 2015 Savannah Lott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This novel is about a girl named Ginny who just moved from a comfortable home, in a comfortable town, where there is only one season and you only know the people that matter. Her world gets turned upside down with the move, not only because it's a new town, but because she likes this kid named Smitty who hasn't talked in 15 years. She thought that she was an alien in this new town but everyone treats Smitty like he's from an entire new universe. Through forced friendship, Smitty is able to conqu ...more
Sarah Austin
Feb 21, 2015 Sarah Austin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: class-books-1-12
The Only Alien on the Planet is about a group of kids who come together and learn from each other. Ginny just moved to town, and she is starting senior year. She spots the “alien” in her homeroom class. All of her classmates have dubbed Smitty Tubbs, “The Alien”. Smitty has not spoken a word since he was two. Ginny’s interests are piqued by Smitty’s silence, but her friends tell her to keep her distance. After school, Ginny meets Caulder. Caulder has been nice to Smitty since the first grade. C ...more
Olivia Shackelford
The Only Alien on the Planet by Kristen Randle is about a girl named Ginny Christianson who has recently moved from the only town she's ever lived in to a new town with new people in it. She hates the move. Slowly but surely, however, she begins to make friends in this town. There is only one person she can't figure out, Smitty Tibbs. Smitty isn't stupid but he simply doesn't talk. Not ever. Not to his mom, dad, or even what you would call his closest friend, if you could say that he has any tru ...more
Tayler Bingham
Oct 14, 2014 Tayler Bingham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 21, 2014 Taxandria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads
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
Jun 29, 2014 Sharon Marchingo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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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