alienated Alienated. Melissa Landers. Young Adult/Science Fiction/Romance. 2014. 344 pages. [Format: E-book]

“I won’t say that you’re pretty because that dog already did. And I won’t say you’re funny because you have had me laughing since I met you.”

Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara’s classmates get swept up by anti-L’eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn’t safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara’s locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she’s fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.

I really wanted to like this book. When I read the synopsis, I knew that it was what I needed to read. I fluffy science fiction book with hot aliens. How can I go wrong with that? Well, let me tell you….

I didn’t seem to care about the characters or the plot. Maybe it’s because the whole alien plot was underdeveloped. I just wasn’t as captivated by the book as I wanted to be. Maybe it’s also because of the fact that I had high expectations. Well, my high expectations let me down.

This book is about Cara, who got accepted into this intergalactic student exchange program. Part of the program was to bring an alien into your house and allow him to live with you for a few months. That alone seemed sketchy, and the humans of Earth (along with Cara’s best friend and boyfriend) noticed. They started to protest and things started to go haywire. Cara started to lose the people in her life, and guess who started to fill the blank spaces??? Of course, Aelyx did.

While I didn’t seem to care for most of the book, it did have some cute parts, and it had my heart racing just a bit. Here are some fun quotes:

To be honest, I don’t know what qualities you ever saw in him. I can tell why he chose you, but-“
“Oh yeah?” Cara’s spirits lifted as she sensed a compliment coming on. “Why do you think he chose me?”
“It’s obvious.” He swept a hand to indicate her loose curls. “Your long, shiny hair, healthy skin, and bright eyes show that you’re well-nourished.”
“Uh, thank you?”
“I’m not finished.”
“Go on then.”
“You’re clearly intelligent.” Then he felt the need to add, “For a human.”
“Gee. That’s so sweet.”
“But Eric was probably most attracted to your wait-to-hip ratio.” For a split second, Aelyx resembled a human boy as he leaned back and peered at her caboose. “Hips of that width are likely to pass life offspring without complication.”
Cara nearly swallowed her own tongue. She didn’t have big hips did she?” (This was when Cara and Aelyx were talking about Cara’s ex)

Or this:

“He prepared the richest, most indulgent and disgusting dish imaginable – a bowl of fudge ripple ice-cream topped with chocolate syrup, semi-sweet chocolate morsels, chocolate sprinkles, and, for good measure, a chocolate brownie from the pantry. He even garnished it with a handful of M&M’s.

(…) “Look what I made for you. A bowl of diabetes.”

I do think I would have cared for this book more if I read it 2-3 years ago.

I rate this book

It could have been better.
It could have been better.

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