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3.53  ·  Rating details ·  892 ratings  ·  159 reviews
From the moment Fred meets Aja, he knows she’s different. She’s pretty, soft-spoken, shy—yet seems to radiate an unusual peace. Fred quickly finds himself falling in love with her.

Then strange things begin to happen around Aja. A riot breaks out that Aja is able to stop by merely speaking a few words. A friend of Fred’s suffers a serious head injury and has a miraculous re
Paperback, 413 pages
Published November 17th 2015 by Simon Pulse
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Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)

I have to admit, from the moment I read the blurb, I was sold on this book. A girl with special abilities that carry an unimaginable cost? Yes, please.
I wanted to love this book, I really did. I was so hooked on the blurb I couldn't wait to read it, but it ultimately fell a little short for me.

I want to talk first about what I liked about the book. I really liked that it felt like it was written as a sort of memoir told of the events of Fred's life and how he met the mysterious girl named Aja. I

Nov 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The problem with being a fan for someone for over two decades and having read all their books (over 60!) is that there's so much expectation from their latest work. Add to that Christopher Pike is one of my favorite authors, that's a lot of pressure for him. But I'm relieved to say his newest young adult novel did not disappoint.

A strange girl enters the life of our male protagonist. Soon, miraculous things start to happen and people's lives begin to change. But not everyone is happy until the m
Bren Let the sea enamor you
“As much as you long for it, it longs for you more. Take one step toward the Big Person and it will take a hundred steps toward you.”
― Christopher Pike, Strange Girl

This was an unusual and very interesting book. I'd grown up reading Pike but his writing style is different in this book. I really enjoyed it.

Fred, a musician, meets Aja and falls deeply in love. But Aja is not your ordinary girl. From the beginning it is obvious that she is very special and she is "gifted". What that means and what
Steph Brown
Mar 17, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“She was a mystery, a genuine enigma, in a world that has more trouble each day believing in such things.”

I love this book. Let me qualify that: I love everything Pike writes. Not blind love—this is a love well earned. Be it mystery, thriller, paranormal, whatever, Pike’s stories have an undercurrent of something bigger, something profound. I always walk away from a Pike story feeling as if my eyes have not only been opened, but widened. Strange Girl is no exception. In fact, after finishing t
It breaks my heart to come out and say this but "Strange Girl" is merely okay. I'm a lifelong Christopher Pike fan and had a fair idea of what I could reasonably expect from Pike but this fell short of the mark. It's the simplistic, disjointed narration, the overuse of pop culture jargon and the characters who didn't make an impact but should've.

This story was a bit disappointing because it had the makings of a good novel but it was as if Pike was afraid that any sophisticated language and conc
Oct 28, 2015 rated it did not like it
I read a lot of Christopher Pike when I was younger, but I haven't read anything in a while. I was intrigued by the premise and was eager to see if I still enjoyed the crazy things he came up with. Annnnnd that answer was no.

Fred's inner monologue is horrible. Normally I prefer boy POV, but this was several full pages of rambling nonsense that was all one paragraph. He was sort of whiny and even with the descriptions he did provide, it didn't seem like there was any sort of clarity.

I made it t
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved having this book written from a male point of view. Fred was a very likable lead. He was your typical teenage boy. There wasn't anything special about him, which is what made him so great. Fred met Aja, and she changed his life forever. Not in any dramatic, over the top way...but slowly and subtly. She gave him something to believe it, and he loved her for that, or maybe in spite of that. Aja was quite interesting in her own way. Innocent to the point of fault, she touched everyone she m ...more
Melissa Carpenter
Dec 30, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Christopher Pike is a big part of the reason I devour books like crazy as an adult. I discovered his thrillers in high school and suddenly enjoyed reading.

So, when I saw a new Christopher Pike book, I had to read it. Had to.

Unfortunately, I didn't like it. Granted, Aja was a compelling and mysterious character. However, most of the book was all philosophical, religious weirdness that should have been left out. Parts of the interactions between Fred and Aja were gag-worthy (like every "romantic
I received Strange Girl in return for an honest review as part of the tour hosted by Bewitching Book Tours. Everything for Fred changes when a new girl arrives in town he first encounters her at the park but doesn’t talk to her till school the next day. There is something different about Aja than other girls it’s drawing Fred in. Surprisingly they connect right away forming a fast friendship he even invites her to watch his band play. At the bar when things get out of control it comes to Aja to ...more
Wendy and I reviewed this book and many more like it at Badass Book Reviews!

Our Review - 3 Skulls – C

Wendy: Growing up I absolutely loved every Christopher Pike book I read. I collected them, and in fact I passed them all on to my daughter. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to read and review Strange Girl. It was a very strange read.

Christal: Oh man, me too. I especially loved Chain Letter and The Last Vampire. Strange Girl was very different from all his teen horror books, but it actually remi
Caity C
Apr 21, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Honestly, tell me a single character's personality in this? You can't.

This book follows Fred, a basic Mary Sue who has no flaws and no personality (common theme throughout), who becomes engrossed with new girl Aja, a manic pixie dream girl with no personality. Strange things happen when Aja is around, miracles happen at a cost.

That's it, that's all the plot. Twilight is honestly better and that's a Mormon vampire story, what are you doing Christopher Pike?

The characterisation is honestly some o
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Christopher Pike is probably one of my most read authors. Not only is he my most read author but he also writes the books I read the quickest. Both of those go together so nicely, and Strange Girl was NO exception to it. He amazed me, simply speaking!

What I Liked:

Strange Girl was written strangely though it fit the whole mood perfectly. In the end not all answers were solved but I felt like it was for the best, not because I didn't want answers, just
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
From the moment Fred met Aja, he knew she was different. And she was.

Aja had a gift. But her gift came with a price.

After a shocking sequence of events, Fred must look back at their relationship, and piece together all of their shared moments, so he can finally understand Aja’s precious gift…and its devastating repercussions.

I had read Pike's The Last Vampire a few years ago, and while the blend of Indian mythology should have reeled me in, it left me feeling confused and overall disappointed in
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Strange Girl by Christopher Pike is at its heart, a tragic teenage love story. It has all the trappings of a romantic tale with the added twist of the paranormal. Only this time the teenager involved isn't in love/lust with a vampire or werewolf or any other dark creature of the night. Instead he is in love with a young girl who has the ability to heal.

Fred is a normal teenager as much as normal teenagers can be. He goes to school, plays in a band and sticks close to his small group of friends.
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
I love Christopher Pike for all the joy he brought me as a teenager. I want to leave this review at that. I can’t.

Twenty years have passed since I first fell in love with Pike; I’m obviously not the same reader I used to be, and I was prepared for that. The problem is, I don’t think Pike is the same author he used to be, either. At first glance, “Strange Girl” is classic Pike: thoughtful and creative small-town guy falls in love with strange girl, the story is sprinkled with elements of the supe
Sparky Jo
So I wonder if Pike's Sati did really well and he decided to write another book in a similar vein but this time he'd make it, Tee hee hee, really awful, predictable, and lame as a two legged donkey named Hoppy?

And a child abuser's life is worth more than a magical, healing human being?
Yikes Pike!
[ADULT REVIEWER, YA/New Adult book]

IN SHORT: Pike-lite.

OR: Stargirl with a different twist.

VERDICT: ~2 adult stars for me. For YA readers, this could easily be a 3-to-5 star book if they like unusual/mysterious characters and some philosophy/religious underpinnings, and don't want anything too deep.

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Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Christopher Pike was my favourite author back when I was a teenager, and I was curious about this book as it was one of the more recent ones he had done. The blurb about this book made me think this was the same story as “Sati”, a book he had written 30 years prior. And sure enough after reading it, I feel like he updated the story of “Sati” to reflect social media and the modern world.

Still, I read this book within one day, so it was definitely a compelling story. But if you’ve read Sati you al
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
A thought provoking story about a strange new girl and how others are affected by meeting her.

The story is narrated by Fred, a teenage boy in high school, who is a member of an alternative rock band starting to get small gigs. He is an artist that writes truly soulful song lyrics that seem to captivate audiences. Fred is very talented but lacks faith and confidence. He meets her, the new girl in school, a beautiful yet bizarre girl named Aja, who recently moved to the small town from Brazil. She
Christopher Pike has been writing the same story for awhile now. Ordinarily that would be the beginning to a really blistering review but in this case its meant as very sincere praise.

I've always been a closet Pike champion. Awhile back I did a review of one of his older books The Midnight Club another YA novel that asks some of the same questions he explores in Strange Girl. Why are we here? Who's in charge? What are we supposed to do with the time we've been given?

This particular story concern
Scott Kelly
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was a massive fan of Chris Pike's work in my early teen years, and his books literally got me through a tough time at a private school where I didn't fit in. Literally, as in I spent much more time reading his books than paying attention in class or talking to other people. But as I hit my older teens, I aged out of his target audience and went on to other authors.

Then I got the bug to come and revisit his work. I'm glad I did - Strange Girl is more of a slow simmer than a hard boil, but it's
Jan 07, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Kaileigh Bailey
May 30, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When I Strange Girl by Christopher Pike , it sounded interesting. I was very intrigued by the cover picture of the book and the title. As I started reading this book, I lost interest. I thought it was going to be about a girl who no one knew or bothered to talk to. To me, it seemed as if the book would be all about the girl and not about who the book is truly about.
This book has some interesting ideas in it. It’s about a girl named Aja with a lovable personality but she is very different from ev
Not so much a supernatural romance as a spiritual romance.

Fred sees Aja at his tiny town high school in South Dakota and is smitten. Encouraged by his lifelong friend Janet he approaches Aja and starts a life changing relationship.

Aja is a spiritual being who lives in 'this body'. People with Aja's qualities can instigate 'miracles' of healing and spiritual discovery. This attracts a young journalist who wants to use Aja to make her mark and launch her career. She has followed Aja across contine
caitlin laffey
Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was very pleased with this read. I had trouble putting it down! I can sense that you have put much effort into writing this book, but at the same time it was also effortless... does that make sense? I love your characters but I wish I could have gotten to know them a bit better before they left! I hope someone like Aha truly exists in the world. There is so much evidence of pain and violence and loss but now often do you see goodness so pure. I enjoyed the psychology of your book and no doubt ...more
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Christopher Pike comes a brand-new fascinating and seductive new novel about a girl with a mysterious ability—but one that carries an unimaginable cost.

From the moment Fred met Aja, he knew she was different. And she was.

Aja had a gift. But her gift came with a price.

After a shocking sequence of events, Fred must look back at their relationship, and piece together all of their shared moments, so he can finally understand Aja’s precious gift…and its devas
Danielle Vello
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of all Christopher Pike's work. I have read everything he has written....this one was a page turner, I couldn't put it down. It reminded me a lot of his book Sati, formerly my favorite Pike novel. This one might replace it as my favorite. Very well written and thought-provoking. Definitely worth your time, stay open-minded. ...more
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was really good if you are into romance novels this is for you.The plot gets thicker the more you read which makes it really exciting to read.This book also is more of a mature book is what I found when reading this book as well as strong words. Over all i would rate this a 4 out of 5 stars.
Oct 09, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I keep having this problem with Pike's books where I will read it and not know if I've read it before and forgotten, or if he's simply so repetitive I only THINK I've read it before. And I kinda think as far as books go, the worst thing you can be is forgettable.

I've been a fan of Pike's for literal decades, though I'm sure nothing I say here will sound like I'm a fan. I wanted to like this. I've wanted to like everything Pike's ever written but I seriously just can't with his newer stuff, and I
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Christopher Pike is the pseudonym of Kevin McFadden. He is a bestselling author of young adult and children's fiction who specializes in the thriller genre.

Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.

McFadden was born in New York but grew up in California where he stills lives in today. A college drop-out, he did factory work, painted houses and programm

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