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"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 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.
     His other interests including animal rights and senior and disabled rights. 
     He is writing the Freaky Jules e-book series, a young adult paranormal series of novellas. Freaky Jules #1 (Vanished) and Freaky Jules#2 (Pants on Fire) have already been published. Freaky Jules#3 (Hellhounds) will be available shortly.
     He now lives in the rural Midwest, with his wife and two teenaged daughters.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 394 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143822222X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1438222226
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,223,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By COLORADO HERMIT VINE VOICE on November 12, 2010
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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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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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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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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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The very many favorable reviews of this book rightly remark on the appeal of its plot, science fiction angles and beguiling weirdness. But there is another aspect of this book that elevates it beyond just entertainingly weird sci-fi. It is one of the freshest and most engaging YA romances that I've read in quite some time. I don't mean vampy romance or cute guy adventure romance or prom drama romance. I mean that it is a gentle and insightful treatment of a nice guy falling for the first time for a girl and coming to grips with the weirdness of that whole situation. The tag line for this book is "Young Love Has Never Been This Complicated", and instead of the usual, standard, pretty much overdone complications, Mr. Upton introduces over-the-top sci-fi and inter dimensional quantum physics complications. But at the heart of, and underlying, all of the action and all of the crazy plot contrivances, you still just have a regular guy struggling for the first time to try and understand the thoughts and feelings of a girl he likes. The fact that this girl is smart, willful, mercurial and maybe just a little bit dangerous just increases the stakes.

And, Upton is remarkably insightful and very amusing in a deadpan sort of way. There are a lot of very funny conversations here, and our hero, Travis, has a running interior monologue that is particularly engaging. Middle grade social trauma and unease is handled delicately and with authorial good humor. At one point our hero, Travis, thoughtlessly does and says things that hurt our heroine's, (Eliza's), feelings. She becomes angry and Travis becomes confused about what just happened and how he feels.
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