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Just Plain Weird [Kindle Edition]

Tom Upton
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Young love has never been this complicated.

Travis MacDuff is an ordinary teenager. His only concern is making his school's football team, until he meets his new neighbor, a peculiar girl who leads him on a bizarre journey that threatens their lives as well as all life on the planet.

Just Plain Weird is a story about destiny and the triumph of young love over everything.

Editorial Reviews


"Upton is a talented writer, and it is quite clear that he is at his creative best when he writes within the paranormal genre"-- Onebuzzbrain

About the Author

Tom Upton was born in Chicago. He attended Columbia College, where he studied advanced writing and film.
     Upton has written Just Plain Weird, a young adult novel, Scarecrows, a very dark tale of horror, and Mourning Doves, a short story collection. 
     He has published the Freaky Jules e-book series : Freaky Jules #1 (Vanished) and Freaky Jules#2 (Pants on Fire), Freaky Jules#3 (Hellhounds), and Freaky Jules #4 (The Crying Witch)
     He lives in the rural Midwest.

Product Details

  • File Size: 855 KB
  • Print Length: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Hightowne Press; Second edition (February 14, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001G0OCDE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #496,374 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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As the title says, this story is "Just Plain Weird". About the time you think it can't get any weirder, sure enough it does! Its one long romp from one thing to the next with a lot of weird mixed in. It has nice balance with the weird and the plausible that pretty much keeps the story close to something possible. That's what helps keep the story interesting enough that you just won't want to put it down. So make sure you have plenty of time before you start reading it.

"Spoiler Warning" After posting this review I thought maybe I should put in this warning. Some people might consider parts of the rest of my review as a spoiler by telling too much of the story plot & etc. I tried to tell enough to let you know what its about and get you interested without telling too much of it. So don't say I spoiled the story for you by telling too much if you read past this.

This was one fun read! Once I started reading it and got about 3 pages into it I just couldn't put it down till I had finished it, at about 2:30 in the morning! I haven't run across a book that has done that to me in a long time. It starts out with the teenage boy, 15 yr old Travis, from a upper lower class or lower middle class family that has some new people move in next door. When they moved in he noticed that there was a pretty girl about his age that was part of the family that moved in. It didn't take long for him to notice that things were a little weird about them. He gets curious when he notices that no one has entered or left the house after they had first moved in and that neither of the two cars in the drive have moved. So he starts watching the house with his telescope from his tree house in his back yard.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for the plot!!! April 15, 2012
By Fifi
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Wow, this was a brilliant read!!! I have to admit tho, i got lost here and there with all the technical terms, LOL, but i still pressed
on wanting to find out what happened next. It's fast-paced, slows down a bit with the flashbacks but they're obviously all essential
to the story. Spotted several typos past the halfway mark but they're easy to ignore when you're caught up in it. Well done Mr. Upton!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A hit with my 9 year old November 5, 2009
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My 9-year old son is an avid reader. In his words, "the book wasn't as funny as I expected," but was still completely engrossing to him.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Fun, A great romp through wierd. May 18, 2012
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I didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. Once I started reading it, I had a hard time putting it down.

The main characters are two young teens. One is a boy named Travis who understands he has the 'kick me' sign on his back and that he really doesn't fit into society as teens understand it. The other is a girl named Eliza who has all sorts of weird going on in her home. There are some other characters in this book: Eliza's dad, Travis's mom and his best friend. They are part of the story only as a means of moving the plot forward.

Travis and Eliza meet and it's love at first sight. But very quickly, Travis realizes just how Weird the going ons at Eliza's house really are when she drives him off of a cliff and he survives.
Before the novel is over Travis will break the moon, fix the moon, and communicate with an alien via computer. And all of this he does for love.

The book is a fast read. It was not a laugh out loud book but more of a chuckle quietly book full of light hearted fun. The romance isn't too sickly sweet. This is a book that will appeal to boys as well as girls I believe.

As with all Kindle books; there seems to be a problem with proof reading. I hope that gets fixed soon because that would be the one thing that would bring the rating down lower. Fortunately in this book the typos and words spelled wrong are not so obvious. You can ignore them and move on.

Well worth the money. Enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining April 26, 2009
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Wow! Something different in the way of time travel/science fiction. Romance is there but at a "young" level -- no graphic sex, no heavy petting, etc. -- actually rather G-13 rated. This author has a great imagination and tells a very good story ---- IF you can get past the very distracting misspells, gramatical errors, and just plain sloppy editing perpetrated by the publishing company. If I were author Tom Upton, I'd demand that the book be proofread by his publisher (so obviously not done before), reprinted and resubmitted to Amazon E-books so that the next customer would be getting a great story along with a great read without all of the errors seen now.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing, compelling and accessible June 15, 2012
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Just Plain Weird is not your standard SciFi paperback. The premise, although it could well have been found on the Close Encounters or Alien cutting room floor, is slightly far fetched.
However, as the story unfolds, the initial mystery gives way to incredulity, and before long, it all makes sense.
That a machine should know emotion in this very real, yet not anthropomorphic fashion is appealing.
And the twist in the tail? Now that is a little far fetched. Or maybe not. Maybe there is a sequel in here. The other side of the story and the missing year. The memory of the future - the ultimate paradox
Well worth reading.
Especially as a free Kindle download!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
I loved it. It was very suspenseful, not very predictable and interesting. I felt as though i was watching a really awesome scifi movie. Good read.
Published 19 days ago by TiiNA
3.0 out of 5 stars Review
This book is good but I was really distracted by the grammatical errors. Words that were spelled correctly but out of context. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kathy Snow
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly Weird
I get annoyed when there is little or no editing in a book. There were frequent problems with the writing in this book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Maintenance Man
3.0 out of 5 stars She loved it though so I guess it just depends upon ...
It was an okay book but I just couldn't get into it. Never really finished it so I gave it to a friend. She loved it though so I guess it just depends upon your tastes.
Published 2 months ago by S. L. Montag
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes it is
I started reading and couldn't stop. Interesting story line, and a different look at possibilities in life. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read
well done, starts as a young adult goes to scifi and beyond
Raffles disappears but an alien space ship ///
rather fun to read
very much Philip K Dick and A E Van... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Curtis Lyon
5.0 out of 5 stars None
This book has given my friends and I some great thrills and is an invigorating page turner every time it's read or reread.
Published 4 months ago by KARI DAY
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This was an excellent book. I was expecting a lot of time hopping which did not happen but it was still a great book that keeps you hooked for the whole ride. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Phillip B.
4.0 out of 5 stars great read
This is a complete book, not a partial story and not a series, although I could see more being added over time.
I really enjoyed reading this and highly recommend it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Carmen
5.0 out of 5 stars Just plain weird
I found this book to be a great family type book. I enjoyed the story line simple and sweet, a true love story. However, I do feel that he should invest in a good proof reader.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Tom Upton was born in Chicago. He attended Columbia College, where he studied advanced writing and film.

Upton has written Just Plain Weird and the Freaky Jules young adult paranormal series: Freaky Jules #1 (Vanished), Freaky Jules#2 (Pants on Fire), Freaky Jules #3 (Hellhounds), and Freaky Jules #4 (The Crying Witch).

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