Welcome to my stop on the Eight Days on Planet Earth Blog Tour!
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.
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 the addition of a strange, white haired girl claiming to be from a foreign planet waiting for her spaceship to pick her up in the field behind his house, Matty isn’t sure what he should do.
Matty doesn’t believe her, but he starts to believe Priya’s claims aren’t complete lunacy. With this, he’ll change not only his feelings, but his belief, his values, and the way he looks at life.
Cat Jordan’s novel is a heart-wrenching story of Matty’s journey as he learns more about himself and what it means to believe.
This novel was so moving.
At first I had a few reservations, there were bits and pieces in the beginning that I was iffy about and wasn’t sure how they were going to work with the grand scheme of the novel.
I found the exposition and the first third to be kind of slow, plot and pacing wise. But I absolutely sped through the rest of the eBook.
But the ending completely tore me apart. I can’t spoil anything, but the way the foreshadowing built up to that ending was executed so well.
I didn’t see it coming until near the actual reveal, but all of the hints Jordan left us just accumulated into one big bang at the end where my heart was ripped from my chest and crushed.
Jordan’s foreshadowing was done in such a skillful manner. It not only helped the buildup, but also just made it a much better experience for the reader instead of just show-and-tell.
I absolutely adored the ending and how much the novel made us think and feel. Matty changes a lot as a character–in the beginning you see him smoking pot and being a regular, listless teenage boy in another Podunk town. But he changes so much over the course of the novel and seeing it parallel Priya’s arrival was extremely satisfying.
Matty’s character was created and developed really well–he seemed like a realistic teenage boy (I’m not a teenage boy so I wouldn’t know for certain, but he’s what I imagine a teenage boy would be). Although he wants to act tough on the outside, his father’s leaving is still going to hurt anyone, no matter how much they don’t want to admit it.
Besides the pacing, part of what contributed to be taking off a half star was Matty’s thoughts and feelings at the beginning. They seemed almost too cookie cutter to me, and I feel like Matty as a character in the beginning of the novel was not as genuine as a person, or Jordan didn’t reveal enough of his multiple dimensionality.
He definitely rounded out as the plot progressed, but I found him to be a little too flat in the start.
The plot was a little unrealistic in a few places, but I found it endearing as it was mostly used as a device to fuel Matty’s character development.
As I’m not too keen on teenage romances, I was pretty apathetic to the romance aspect. I did find it a tad insta-lovey, but I also look at romance in YA novels to be character & plot devices rather than actual romances. But I do think it was executed better than many other YA romances.
One of my favorite parts of this novel was all the messages in it. I liked how Jordan portrayed Matty’s relationship with his dad. It was done in a mature way that wasn’t like what some teens would have reacted with (overreacting and jumping to conclusions) but also wasn’t overly adult that it’d be silly to think most teenagers would act so rationally. Jordan found a really nice balance when approaching the topic of parents and reconciling.
Besides the more tangible messages, the ones about life and death and love were so profound and left me thinking about it for nights. I don’t want to go too into depth about this and risk spoiling the ending, but the messages in this novel were delightfully profound.
Cat Jordan’s Eight Days on Planet Earth was a surprisingly moving novel which I cannot wait to see in bookstores on November 7th. You can preorder it now or find it in any major bookseller on November 7th!
A heart-wrenching romance full of twists that are sure to bring tears to readers’ eyes, from Cat Jordan, author of The Leaving Season.
How long does it take to travel twenty 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 spaceship supposedly landed fifty years ago. She is uniquely beautiful, sweet, and smart, and she tells Matty she’s waiting for her spaceship to pick her up and return her to her home planet. Of course she is.
Matty has heard a million impossible UFO stories for each of his seventeen years: the conspiracy theories, the wild rumors, the crazy belief in life beyond the stars. When he was a kid, he and his dad searched the skies and studied the constellations. But all of that is behind him. Dad’s gone—but now there’s Priya. She must be crazy…right?
As Matty unravels the mystery of the girl in the field, he realizes there is far more to her than he first imagined. 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.
November 7th, 2017 by HarperTeen
About the Author
When I was a teenager, the very first book I ever tried to write was pretentious and stilted and set in a future where there was no paper. Obviously, I fancied myself another Ray Bradbury (who I was thrilled to meet not once but twice!). The book had an awesome title and no plot but I had the most fun creating the characters and the world they lived in. That to me is the most enjoyable part of writing a novel: envisioning a world and populating it with all kinds of people and dogs. Gotta have a dog.
The worlds I create now as an adult are based on my travels from coast to coast in the US, to Europe and Mexico and Canada, and on the people I have met and loved and admired and feared. And dogs.
Currently I live in Los Angeles. With my dog.
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Blog Tour Organized by YA Bound Blog Tours
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