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The Half-Life of Planets by Brendan Halpin
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Jan 15, 2012

bookshelves: ya, metrolibrarianchallenge
Read in January, 2012

Maybe it's impossible for me to be unbiased in my enjoyment of this work, but so far my favorite thing I've read for this year's MetroLibrarian Reads Challenge. Liana is a kissing-addicted, aspiring planetary scientist trying to get over a problem with lead singers. Hank is trying to pretend he was named from Hank Williams not Henry Rollins, working in a guitar store to save up for a Jazzmaster, and knee deep in mixes and music miscellany. Both are trying to lead lives not just defined by one word applied to them by others- "slut" for Liana and "Aspberger's" for Hank.

So yes it is yet another he said, she said tome set in a seaside resort town (seriously I think I'm already 3 works deep since January with seaside resort towns). But I laughed aloud constantly and rooted for both characters. Also, arcane music trivia, unlike for other reviewers, is a boon not a bane for me.
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