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 ...more
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
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 ...more
― 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
And a child abuser's life is worth more than a magical, healing human being?
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.
STRANGE GIRL was sometimes interesting, in a very slow-burn kid of way that never quite ignited. I felt Pike went a too generic and politically correc ...more
Still, I read this book within one day, so it was definitely a compelling story. But if you’ve read Sati you al ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more