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The Outsider (Roswell High #1)

3.7  ·  Rating details ·  1,914 Ratings  ·  157 Reviews
He's not like other guys. Liz has seen him around. It's hard to miss Max-- the tall, blond, blue-eyed senior stands out in her high-school crowd. So why is he such a loner?

Max is in love with Liz. He loves the way her eyes light up when she laughs. And the way her long, black hair moves when she turns her head. Most of all, he loves to imagine what it would be like to kiss
Paperback, 170 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Simon Spotlight Entertainment
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Ive been a Roswell fan since I was 8. :)

I remember Melinda Metzin in an interview saying that she was contacted to write the series for the show. So…more

Ive been a Roswell fan since I was 8. :)

I remember Melinda Metzin in an interview saying that she was contacted to write the series for the show. So im not sure if that means she wrote it while the show was out already or if this was during its conceptual phases. But she did say for whatever reason they decided to go a different way from what she had written which was odd for readers watching the show and reading the books at the same time. (less)
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Sep 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who liked the TV show
Ok I love this book. Is the writing all that great? No. Is the plot remarkable? No. Is it completely awesome? Yes. Do I love it because I am a Roswell (the TV show) junkie . . . ummm that would also be a yes.
I just adore the TV show Roswell and all of its many characters. I even liked Sheriff Valenti - and yes I realize how sad this is.

This book is very different than the TV show (which makes it a pleasant surprise for me since I know the show from beginning to end). It is a good difference thou
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Dec 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adult & Young Adult Reader of all ages
5 Stars:

Wow! I found this at my local library while seeking out something to read. I just had to grab it because I loved the television series…. I just can’t get over how different the characters are. Michael is a blond… Isabelle is pathetic …gurr! The television versions of the characters are hotter and stronger!!. I had never noticed that the show was based on book until now. I have always been one who has a love hate relationship with books being brought to the small and big screen.

I can hon
Sep 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This review is for all 10 books in the series. Melinda Metz writes a thoroughly engaging story about teen aliens who are trying to live among humans on earth while FBI and local authorities are on their trail to discover them and eventually whisk them away to a dissection lab.

Max and Isabel Evans, along with friend Michael Guerin are aliens whose spaceship crash landed on earth in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. Incubating in pods for 40 years, the pod squad hatch and somehow manage to make it into
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, reviewed
One of the rare instances when the show was better than the book. Between the multiple POVs, the insta-love and the childish writing, I don't know what was worse. The only reason I will continue to read these books is, well firstly I'm nothing if not mildly compulsive and secondly, I know it has potential. Huge potential. I only know this from having seen all three seasons of the television series.
Jun 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Different stories than the show, which feeds my rabid fan girl inside. Definitely written for teens, but I can still enjoy it.
Sivan N.
Let me begin by why I read this book. So there is this amazing TV series called Roswell which I would recommend to anybody who likes teen dramas (it reminds me of Dawson's Creek for some reason though my mom would probably disagree with that because she hates Dawson's Creek but she loves this series). Anyway, sooner or later I figured out that the TV series was based on a book series so I decided to read it.

Many on here have criticized the writing style of the book, however the writing style was
I’m a big fan of the Roswell television show and I’ve been meaning to read the book series for a long time. I was super jazzed about my library getting the first book in the series! I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was jumping straight in. The premise is the same as the television show: a group of teenager’s lives are forever changed after Max exposes himself as an extraterrestrial being to save Liz from a gunshot wound. They overcome their fear of one each other to work together to make sure ...more
Melissa Darnold
This book is my favorite of the series, outside of maybe the final installment. I had read these in high school and then they sat, abandoned on my bookshelves, for years. Then I figured, why not give them a reread? This book is really just the set up for the entire series. I like the world-building that takes place in this book, as well as all of the character introductions and development. I'm a massive fan of the TV series and, though the books defer from the show, I wasn't all that disappoint ...more
Kimberly  Lanese
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a very big roswell fan. I probably always will be a roswellian . So roswell high is different then the show. The struggles they go through are different but the cast is easy to fall in love with. I have read these books over 5 times now and I can't get sick of them and probably never will. The characters still act the same as they do in the show for the most part - some characters become allies in the show which makes it great as well. I recommend these books to any alien romance fans or ro ...more
Jul 15, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
still love the show tho
Nov 22, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
When I was in sixth grade (2001-2002), I picked up the third book in the Roswell series for a quick read. High school, at the time, was as faraway as college seemed to a freshman. I was hooked on their slang and tangled love lives and the whole "alien" concept.

But I couldn't find any of the other books in that cardboard box with "FREE" scrawled on it in big black marker.

I eventually sold the book in a garage sale.

But yesterday, I was going through my AP English teacher's bookshelf for reading
Andrea Vazquez
Apr 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
wow! it was the best book i ever read in my entire life i love it is about this guy named max and he is an alien and he falls for liz but she got shot on her dads restaurant bhe saves her but tells her to life for him and then he would tell her the truth so she lies for him and she goes to talk to him he tells her the truth so she freaks out and rund out but then she realizes that she hado done wrong and so she starts protecting from kyle valeni's dad he is a sherif for a company that hunts down ...more
The book is aimed at a teen audience, yet it uses language that would appeal to a 10 year old. I'm not even joking. I don't know if the author does this intentionally because she underestimates teenaged reading levels, or if its just plain bad writing. The only reason this book is not getting 1 star is because the story, the actual plot has such great potential. I know this because I've seen every episode of the television series. The fact that I'm huge fan of the show is the only thing that is ...more
Jun 17, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The whole time I read this book I kept thinking it was trying too hard to be like the vampire series...That, in combination with the fact that it wasn't written very well, was a real turn-off. And, since I was reading it on the nook, I was hugely annoyed with the typo's...Don't waste your time on this book.
Daniel Devereux
May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: guilty-pleasure
It was fairly good, I loved the series but I found the third season a bit lacking. The characters in the first book seem a lot younger than the ones in the show. I plan on reading the rest of the series.

I've just read the book again for a Roswell read-a-thon and it was still good, the writing was a bit understated but I loved it just as well.
Still a better love story than Twilight!

Well, this was like cotton candy. Reactions are quite unbelievable, we have some kind of insta-love, and rather ridiculous plans to hide the truth—aliens do exist and they're teens at high school!
Katie Kopecki
Aug 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am addicted to & obsessed with the TV show, Roswell. I read this in a few hours, and it's always fun to read the book series that was the basis for a movie or tv show. I give both the show and book series 5 stars!! Cant wait to read the other books x)
Mare S
Sep 20, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the show & those who like ya series
Shelves: youngadult
I loved this series of books, which the tv show is loosely based on. The books are quite different from the series. Interesting and characters that I came to care about.
Julie Anderson
Jun 15, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
One of the few times, the show is far better than the book. The book is so poorly written. Really lacked clear description. Such a disappointment.
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great way to scratch that old roswell itch!
Lisa Berger Cartiff
Ok admittedly, I only watched the first season of Roswell back in the late 90's/early 2000's...and I don't really know why. It showed up a month ago on my Netflix recommended shows, and I decided to watch it. About halfway into the 2nd season, I realized it was based on a book series out of print, but fairly easy (for the most part) to find on eBay reasonably priced (except for the newer series).

This books is cute...and different than the show. Very easy to read, and fairly enjoyable.

I struggled
Karina Vargas
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epub, guilty-pleasure

Este libro es el primero de la serie de Roswell. Para todos aquellos que vimos la serie de televisión, tenemos una clara idea de la historia, y en mi caso un fiel recuerdo de los personajes. Pero para aquellos que no la vieron, les cuento un poco de qué trata.

Liz es una adolescente típica, y no tanto, que vive en Roswell, New Mexico, y trabaja en el comedor de su padre. Debido al famoso incidente del OVNI ocurrido en el lugar en 1947, constantemente recibe la visita de turistas y fanáticos inter

Jul 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m a die hard CW a.k.a. The WB fan. Many of my favorite shows (Buffy, Angel, Dawson’s Creek, Gilmore Girls, Charmed, etc.) have come from this awesome network. So about 2-3 years I happened to come across a little TV series called Roswell. Roswell aired between 1999-2002 approximately 3 seasons; a time span where I watched very little supernatural dramas or “real-person” shows because I was still in my Disney and Nickelodeon phase. Anyways, five episodes in and I was officially hooked. We’re ta ...more
Patricia (Patricia's Particularity)
Anyone who loved the 90s and the "great" television shows they produced, will love the Roswell novel series, which inspired the television show. Being a 90's child I fell in love with the television show, and have come to love this novel series. Max, Isabel, and Michael are alien visitors on earth, who's ship crashed in the famous Roswell event. Max and Isabel found a home in the Parkers while Michael was left on his own, bouncing from home to home. In The Outsider these three "aliens" find them ...more
Jun 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first in a series of ten books by Melinda Metz published during the late 90's that were eventually turned into the popular television series Roswell. (Yes, I've watched the show. In fact, I own it on DVD, and I sometimes write fanfiction for it, too.) Anyway, I knew going into this book that I'd like it. In fact, I was thrilled to even find a copy of the first book through ILL, because the books are now out of print. Unfortunately, though, the other three books available to me throug ...more
Shelley Wilson
I was a huge fan of the Roswell television show that aired between 1999 and 2002 and have recently re-watched all three seasons with my eldest son. What I hadn’t realised back in the 90s was how the TV show was based on a series of books. Excited about this discovery I popped over to Amazon and found not one, but ten books.

The Outsider is the first book in the series and introduces us to the main characters and the town of Roswell with its alien conspiracies. I was happy to note that the televis
Antonella Orlacchio
More like a 3.5, because I love and cherish this story, I loved the tv show when I was a teenager, I still do. The book is ok I guess, but definitely not great, somehow different, even if there are a lot of similiarities. The story takes off with Max saving Liz, he already loved her before and she instantly falls for him. All of this is the same as the show, but I think the show handled their relationship better, except for the way she reacted when he told her he was an alien. It was way more re ...more
Linda Jaejoong
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-until-2017
Ich gebe zu, dass ich mir das Buch nur gekauft habe, weil ich die Fernsehserie so abgöttisch liebe. Ich war sehr positiv von Band 1 überrascht. Es ist völlig anders als die Serie, aber dennoch sehr unterhaltsam. Es gab viele tolle Ideen im Buch und ich mich gefragt habe, warum sie nicht in der Serie umgesetzt wurden. Das alle eine Aura besitzen ist eine so coole Idee und hätte so toll gepasst, es verbindet die Figuren noch stärker miteinander.

Max fand ich in der Serie viel sympathischer und hatt
Sal Niner
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: roswell
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So I went into this having seen the series (and quite enjoying it) and then had to see if this book came first or the series did. Apparently the book did.

Anyway this was an incredibly quick read, not very long at all. I blew right through it. It had good pacing though. It felt a bit rushed at the end though, sort of anti-climactic. If you HAVE seen the series, it follows pretty well. A few things were changed in the series but nothing overly huge, (perhaps Max's appearance?) and I enjoyed it.

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