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Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too: A Book Hardcover – June 27, 2017
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover,"" illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Pre-order today
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“Jomny Sun’s incredible writing knocks you to the floor, breathless, then scoops you up and gives you a kiss where it hurts before it occurs to you to cry. Read this book only if you want to feel more alive.” (Lin-Manuel Miranda)
“Jomny Sun has created a frightened, hopeful view of Life As We Know It from the perspective of a weirdly relatable alien intelligence. Fantastic.” (Patton Oswalt)
“This book is funny and sad, simple and complex, badly spelled and beautifully written. Jonmy Sun gets more out of a panel than most do out of a page, revealing obvious yet hidden truths as only someone one step out of step could.” (Joss Whedon)
Impressively sincere, at times insightful, and humorous…. Sun’s fans will welcome his first book with wild enthusiasm… (Library Journal)
About the Author
Jonathan Sun is the author behind @jonnysun. When he isn't tweeting, he is an architect, designer, engineer, artist, playwright and comedy writer. His work across multiple disciplines is concerned with narratives of human experience. As a playwright, Jonathan's work has been performed at the Yale School of Drama, Factory Theater in Toronto, Hart House Theater, Theater Lab in Toronto, and the University of Toronto Drama Festival (where he received the President’s Award for Best Production). As an artist and illustrator, his work has been commissioned by the New Haven ArtSpace, and exhibited at MIT, the Yale School of Architecture, and the University of Toronto. His comedic work has appeared in NPR, BuzzFeed, Playboy, GQ, and McSweeney’s. He is currently a doctoral student at MIT and a Berkman Klein Fellow at Harvard.
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The reflections are smartly threaded together. The author shies away from the ironic detachment and the indignant engagement that characterize many of his contemporaries. He embraces a tragic approach to life, love, work, art and death.
As a way to recruit the cynical and the angry, let me give you a few examples of the author’s quiet wisdom: about sadness ("if u are sad becuase happiness is fleeting, just remember that sadness is also fleeting too"), about the trap of knowledge ("i’m trying to be a wiser owl but the more i learn about the world, the bigger it seems and the smaller i feel"), about the paradoxical nature of relationships ("the harder it is to say goobye to sombody, the luckier u are to have met sombody ur going to miss"), about lasting love ("we internalize traits we observe in others as a way to honor and remeber them. we are all living memorials") and about life in general ("the universe is most generous when somehow, agaimst all odds, it finds a way of telling you ur seeing somethimg for the last time in ur life").
I recommend this book. All in all, it gives you the simple (and rare) pleasure of melancholy: “enjoy ur sadness one day even ur sadness will be over too soon.”
For some reason, this book also smells fantastic-- like sunshine and berries. I asked the author on Twitter and I am told that no special inks were used.
One note: If I had it to do over again, I would get the paper book and not the kindle version. The kindle was very small on my screen and my kindle app didn't work to enlarge the pictures, so if it was too small to read, I had to do a screen shot and then enlarge it in my photo album. It would be better to get the paper book. But you should get it, however you can!
It has so many unique and powerful messages that you’ll take away from it.
I’ve bought this book for three people in my life so far, and lent it to three others. I think everyone needs to read this at least once.
What Jomny has accomplished here is nothing short of art. It's simple, sweet, concise. It runs the range of emotions from hope to despair. It articulates complicated feelings of inadequacy and the battles we face while navigating social interaction.
The story of Jomny the Aliebn isn't so alien. It's something we've all experienced in our lives. It's profoundly sad and deeply moving and exceedingly inspiring. On days where I want to feel happy, I can read this and get a few swift punches to the feels and emerge happy. If I want to reflect on things that have bothered me, I can skim through it and feel a deep sense of catharsis.
What Jomny has done is shown that at our core, we're all scared little aliebns and having that in common is one of the most reassuring things I've encountered.
If you're unfamiliar with Jomny's twitter account, this may be slightly offputting - but trust me. Give it a chance and you won't regret it.