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Just Plain Weird Paperback – September 12, 2008
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An Action-Packed Retelling of a Classic
London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived the destruction and the outbreak of a deadly virus are children, among them sixteen-year-old Gwen Darling and her younger siblings, Joanna and Mikey. Hardcover | Kindle book
About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
"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.Read more ›
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!
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quite an interesting book ,that had me wondering what was going to happen next. A good way to explain fate, and how we end up where you belong no matter what.Published 19 days ago by Patti Steel
I liked this book very much and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys scientifically plausible speculative fiction. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Slaw
I enjoyed the plot and tension which was presented in this story but. . . in a story about 15 year olds, the sexual content was too much. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Elizabeth A. Post
Just Plain Weird is certainly an apt title for this book! It's a little bit sci-fi, a little romance, a little dystopian and a lot weird. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bonita Hilligoss
This was a really great story but the grammar errors were a bit distracting. Mr. Upton has a wonderful writer's voice, though I seriously think an experienced editor would have... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ladybug
A little mystery, sci-fi and teen romance all wrapped up with time travel. Interesting read to say the least. I will be looking to see what else this writer has written. Read morePublished 9 months ago by NaturalMomma
A very mysterious book which I found very interesting, I love the characters. Travis was heroic and I was so amazed how his young love conquered everything. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Allen B.
This book has a very interesting story line. Just as the title said, just plain weird, the author has a very weird way of thinking while writing this book. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jun Mei
This book is a real page-turner! But it was edited rather sloppily, which took away some of the fun for me.Published 10 months ago by Melissa Hunter-Kilmer