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Stuck on Earth by David Klass
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Jun 22, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: young-adult

Predictable story about an alien sent to earth to determine whether or not the planet's inhabitants are worth sparing. Naturally the alien evaluator (a.k.a. Ketchvar) has to occupy a body to do a real investigation and naturally he ends up taking over the body of the most tormented boy on the planet (a.k.a. Tom). Hardly any of the dialogue has a natural ring to it--characters trot out oddly dated expressions like "fix your wagon" or "clean your clock" and I have a hard time believing any respectable high schooler would choose the clinical-sounding "gonads" over "balls". Also, too much of the humor of Ketchvar's fish-out-of-water scenario is derived from (here's something novel) his overly literal interpretation of the human vernacular and his excessive formality. All might be lost, but side plots involving the relationship between Tom and his father and environmental activism, while resolved far too easily to feel very realistic, carry some emotional resonance...particularly in light of current events.
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June 22, 2010 – Shelved
June 22, 2010 – Shelved as: young-adult

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