- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Simon Pulse (May 6, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416955631
- ISBN-13: 978-1416955634
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,024,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My Summer on Earth Paperback – May 6, 2008
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A potty-mouthed young alien disguised as a teenager wades ashore on Southern California's Venice Beach and discovers that he has a lot to learn, both about impersonating a human and about getting laid. Who better to teach him than a junkie beach bum, a 15-year-old runaway named Zoe, and a member of his own species masquerading as a fading Hollywood superstar? Well, yes, almost anyone else. But there you are. Lombardi's debut covers so many bases (romantic comedy, SoCal satire, and a poignant coming-of-age tale) that . . . the inspired premise, the frequent raunchy bits, and hilarious misunderstandings will elicit gales and guffaws . . . -- Booklist
About the Author
Tom Lombardi's writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, McSweeney's, Fence, Nerve, and elsewhere. This is his first published novel. He lives in Los Angeles.
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Clint is only supposed to be on earth for a short amount of time, all because of his mission, which is to find and take home one of his own. This other alien had previously came to earth, defected, and then stayed around to become a famous actor in Hollywood that everyone knows and loves. This actor just so happens to have the same name as the newly arrived alien.
Before arriving, Clint, who wasn't named Clint at all until he heard the name, had to choose a human suit, since aliens are only a "mist of electrical waves and molecular activity." After the scientists that helped Clint choose a body that seemed like the younger version of the famous actor, they had to program in information dealing with humans and what they do on earth. Then, after leaving his home and his father, who didn't approve of the mission or anything Clint does, he is on his way to a place that is so foreign to him.
Arriving successfully on earth, everything goes according to plan. Clint is able to breathe on earth and even makes a new friend, Kip, just in the few minutes since he had arrived. But of course it doesn't always go exactly like it's supposed to, since Clint feels something that he has never known: love. He has only heard about it through the scientists and has never experienced it, because reproducing in his world is all done through technology.
This little thing called love just may make history happen twice.
Outspoken and somewhat naive, MY SUMMER ON EARTH and its main character makes this the most original and hilarious novel ever. Written as a log, the events and obstacles that Clint goes through are priceless and should be told forever and ever. This is a novel that is highly recommended.
Reviewed by: Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen
There's too much here to discuss, but in general I recommend this book not only for the laughs but for the whole alien coming down to our culture aspect. Actually, the other alien in the book is a Hollywood actor, who's intensely funny. But I especially like the parts where Clint, the main alien character gives away all this money and the homeless people don't make good use of it. It's truly amazing. I just finished this and I want to say that. There's a huge heart at the middle of all this.