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Eight Days on Planet Earth

3.7  ·  Rating details ·  161 Ratings  ·  53 Reviews
How long does it take to travel 13 light-years to Earth?
How long does it take to fall in love?

To the universe, eight days is a mere blip—but to Matty Jones, it may be just enough time to change his life.

On the hot summer day Matty’s dad leaves for good, a strange girl suddenly appears in the empty field next to the Jones farm—the very field in rural Pennsylvania where a sp
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by HarperTeen
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(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

This was a YA contemporary story, about a boy who discovered a girl in a field who claimed to be an alien.

Matty was a good person, and it was nice the way he tried to help Priya. It was also nice that as he got to know her better, he started to believe her more, even when her story lacked credibility.

The storyline in this was about Matty discovering a gorgeous girl in the field by his house. She claimed to
Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Reading the blurb, I thought the book was going to be science fiction, given how Matty meets an alien. But regardless of who or what Priya is, this really was more of a contemporary, mainly delving into Matty's life, particularly his family and how he and his mom feel about his dad leaving them the day the book starts. Priya was more a side story for a lot of it, her curiosity about Matty's world a catalyst for Matty to really
I received a review copy of Eight Days on Planet Earth from YA Bound Book Tours through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review :D


I remember signing up for this blog tour back in August? September? I can't remember, lol. The book cover's really pretty and that's the reason why I signed up. Oh my goodness I'm so shallow. (But I'm pretty sure non-book-cover-judgers are an extinct species.)

Then a few days ago I received an email from Edelweiss - my request got approved! I planned to do
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Eight Days on Planet Earth is a down-to-earth yet otherworldly novel - magical, funny, and a little heartbreaking.

Matty Jones has grown up knowing the field he lives next to is a little different. Matty's father claims that a spaceship landed there on the night he was born. But Matty's father has since run off with his brother's sister, leaving Matty and his mother alone, so Matty isn't all that inclined to listen to what his father believes. When a strange girl suddenly appears in Matty's field
Mrs.Heather Lassley
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a wonderful book! I would have prefered to not have the talk about "smoking joints" because it did not progress the story at all. But other than that, it was a really good story.
Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)
This is a surprisingly quick, fun and heart-warming read. The plot twist is amazing and very unexpected!!
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Such a great ending. A lot of surprising twists, but I felt all of the scenes were loyal to the plot. There wasn't a single thing I didn't love about it, which is rare for me. So great!
Veronica of V's Reads
Matty Jones is a high school junior on summer break when two things happen on the same day: his unemployed UFO conspiracy-theorist father walks out, and a strange girl claiming to be an alien appears in the fallow field on his family's defunct farm. Matty's furious with his dad, a man who'd been slipping away from his responsibilities for years. His mother is devastated, but Matty had seen this coming.

Matty had grown up knowing that his dad was big into space and UFOs. It was local legend that a
Vicky Who Reads
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars

This book is so cool you guys (as well as tragically heartbreaking)! For you science fiction & contemporary romance lovers out there, I'm sure you're going to love this as much as I did.

Aliens? Check!
Romance? Check!
Internal teenage struggles? Check, check, check!

Eight Days on Planet Earth revolves around teenage boy, Matty, whose dad, a UFO and space conspiracy blogger, has left Matty and his mom for his brother's considerably younger wife.

Matty's life just took a huge turn, but with
Eight Days on Planet Earth by Cat Jordan opens with Matthew relaxed and enjoying the summer break. Matthew is a normal, laid back teenager with a crush on his best friend’s older sister and a broken relationship with his own father. He sees a girl alone in the field by his house and wonders why she’s alone. He talks to her and she claims to be an alien from another planet, waiting for her ride home. They become friends and a large part of each other’s lives in a short amount of time. The twist i ...more
Sarah Fairbairn
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review, Thank You Cat Jordan, Edelweiss & Harper Teen.

The story is set over the course of eight days, but you probably guessed that from the title. It focuses around 17-year-old Matty, with the back drop his small rural home town. At the start of the story Matty’s dad runs off, leaving Matty and his mum to pick up the pieces.

Matty feels lost and unsatisfied with his life. We see him drag his feet all through day one, perking up when he spots a str
Lynda Dickson
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ages 15+
Shelves: young-adult
The book recounts the events that transpire over the course of an eight day period. Matty is on summer break before his final year of high school, and he plans to just hang around the lake with his friends. However, he wakes up to find that his father, a conspiracy theorist and UFO blogger, has left his family. Also on that day, Matty meets Priya, a strange girl who claims to be waiting for a ride back to her planet, which is 20 light years away. She sets up camp in the field near Matty's house, ...more
Amy Layton
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction
This book made me way more emotional than I thought it would.  Eight Days takes place over the span of eight days, and it does not make you wait for the emotions to hit.  And they hit hard.  Matty's life just got significantly tougher (though he wouldn't care to admit it) after his father just up and left with his uncle's wife.  His mother is having a hard time coping, but Matty is on summer vacation, so he has lots of time to think.  Until he meets Priya, an alien from a far off planet.  Now, h ...more
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
This book was really cute- and quite unexpected! When I first started it, I think I expected it to be a certain… way. I don’t want to say much, because spoilers. At first, I was a little wary. In fact, I didn’t really like Matty, the main character, at all in the beginning. He treated his mom like she was overreacting about the loss of her marriage, and he was kind of a jerk to his best friend at times. But luckily, Matty undergoes a significant amount of character development during the course ...more
Feb 21, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2017-releases
22/02/17 — I know you shouldn't judge it too bad without reading this, but this smells of the "manic pixie dream girl" trope. Or is this just some sort of magic realism?? I don't know, I'm I guess it's got me in getting me to read to find out.
Kim at Divergent Gryffindor
Eight Days on Planet Earth intrigued me not because I'm interested in aliens, but because of how well-written the synopsis is. This particular line got me - "And if he can learn to believe in what he can’t see: the universe, aliens…love…then maybe the impossible is possible, after all." And despite not liking alien stories, I felt the need to read it. However, I must say that completely was not what I was expecting at all.

On the day his father left, Matty finds a strange girl in the field in th
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 7th-grade
I feel like a part of me died when I read this book. (In the best way possible of course) The plot twist was just, something else. When the thing that happened happened, I could not read the words on the next page because I was crying too much. There are many times when I feel like books deserve a sequel but in my opinion, if the author wrote another book to add to this one, the magic in the story would just vanish. I give five stars to a lot of books, but there are only a few books or series th ...more
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I'm not gonna write a lot about this book because I think it's best if you go blind with this book,but this book BLEW MY MIND! It's so good! It talks about important things,but ordinary ones. This books shows us that sometimes all that matters is to feel wind on your face or to just stop and look up to the sky. This book broke my heart. It's written so good. I liked the style very much,it just sucked me in. Matty and Priya were amazing characters. I liked their relationship and it felt so real. ...more

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

Eight Days on Planet Earth is extremely poignant and thought provoking. It's one of those stories that will stay with you.

I honestly thought I had an idea where the book was heading but it turns out I was completely wrong. The plot was totally unexpected and so emotional. I was expecting an alien YA romance but what we get is so much more.

Eight Days on Planet Earth is a dramatic coming of age story with a twist. Matty is at a crossroad. That tu
May 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Still reeling from the sudden disappearance of his father, Matty discovers a mysterious girl in a field where alien's have said to have landed fifty years ago. Priya is beautiful and sweet, and claims she's waiting in the field for a spaceship to take her back home.

When I started Eight Days on Planet Earth I was expecting a cliché, for Priya to be a Manic Pixie Dream Girl or to embody the Sexy Born Yesterday trope, especially since she isn't even named on the back summary and only referred to t
Kim Baccellia
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it
"I want to believe." Agent Scully's take from the X files is shown here when a mysterious girl shows up in a field, the very same place where there was a rumored UFO sighting 50 yrs ago, and claims to be an alien.

What worked: I really enjoyed this tale that has a surprising twist on the whole alien premise. I didn't know whether or not Priya, the beautiful, mysterious girl, was in fact an alien. I was waiting for the spaceship to land and take Priya and Matty away. I liked that the author showed
Nov 06, 2017 rated it liked it
So I have such mixed feelings here on this one. For one there is a ton of ableist language, even in the Goodreads summary. Secondly, the whole dealing with mental health was muddy for me. First off, you can tell from the get go that Matty thinks this girl is 'unhinged' and because of that, I think it just feels a little decisive about her condition - which doesn't become clear till later. So for a while we are really not sure what her story is. Did I like some things? Yes. I liked how Jordan exp ...more
Laura's Book Addiction
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, 2017-wishlist
"Priya taught me in just a few days that even if you can't see something, you can believe in it. Whether that's life on another planet, faith in a god we can't see, or simply love, it doesn't need to be proved to exist in order for your heart to know that it does!!

Having read Cat's previous novel and loving it I was excited to start this one. I can say without a doubt that Eight Days On Planet Earth definitely didn't go as I was expecting it to BUT I ended up completely adoring it!!

The story i
Aileen H
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I didn’t think I would like this book as much as I did. The plot twist really helped. 4.5 stars. Thank you to the author for sending us her book. Now I will pass on for other PA teachers to read.
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it
what an interesting take with aliens. I enjoyed the relationships in the book. Loved the mom. I was hooping for something else with this book , but I can see why it went a certain way.
Lelia Taylor
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: full-reviews
In many ways, Eight Days on Planet Earth is a look at how a teenaged boy copes with the downturns in his life, including his father's abandonment of the family, and finds hope in the most unlikely of places. When his dad runs off with his own brother's wife, Matty reacts with a bit of a stiff upper lip and some disdain for his mom's apparent inability to accept the situation. As far as Matty can tell, his dad has been less than a great family man for a long time but he's not about to show his de ...more
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very different book from talented YA author Cat Jordan, this one takes the perspective of a teenage boy as he experiences the most significant week (eight days, to be precise) of his life. The structure - each day a separate section, divided further by specific times - really works. It feels like a countdown because you know that there's only eight days, so the ticking clock builds suspense.

The story is wholly original, yet coincidentally well-timed with the blockbuster Netflix show "Stranger
Sasha (seetheworldwithbooks)
“We are part of this Universe; we are in this Universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the Universe is in us.”
Sharon Kalman
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Is she an alien? decent storyline but needs editing. What about the cat? Was she fed after the 2nd day? Uncle Jack and mother not well developed.
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