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"[T]his improbably entertaining adventure feels like a Daniel Pinkwater treatment for an early John Cusack film" - Publishers Weekly

"This book should be in the hands of every teen male reader" - Shelf Awareness

"With a decidedly European sensibility, this French import takes readers on a madcap, quirky adventure..." - School Library Journal

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Gary Ghislain is a French-American author living in Antibes, France. This is his first novel.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (June 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811874605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811874601
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,843,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David's father is a psychotherapist, helping patients in the French countryside. He has a new patient named Zelda, who talks about being an alien from the planet Vahalal. She's on a mission to find her mate--she has his genetic code and pictures of him, but she doesn't know his whereabouts. David usually thinks nothing of his father's patients, but he can't ignore Zelda. She says strange things, has a violent streak, is covered in tattoos...and she's incredibly hot. David finds himself doing anything to be near her. They go on a wacky adventure through Paris, eluding police officers and searching for her chosen one, who happens to be Johnny Depp. This book is hilarious and fun. Because of the length and fast-paced action, I read it fast. And I want more of this sci-fi quirkiness.
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How I adored this book! It was a fresh and breezy take on a couple themes, aliens, coming of age, and love. It was a fast read, that had the action moving the entire time.
I can't say I liked the characters much, but that's not really what moved the book. The action and ideas behind them drove me to keep turning the pages.
I know a lot of people are turned off by the 'implied sexual encounter' being in a book rated for those 12 and up. But, frankly, it wasn't icky or descriptive. It wasn't anything a 12+ reader picking up this book wouldn't already be aware of. Honestly, I thought the violence was much more problematic... seriously, the beat downs were ALL over this book.
It's a creative little book, very funny and enjoyable to read. I'm going to have my 13y/o niece read it, because she's going to think it's great!
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This book is just what you would expect from the title. It is funny, quirky, and full of action. There were a lot of unique and one of a kind characters. David is a sweet boy that gets stuck in the middle of the story. Zelda is rather violent at times, but you can't help loving her. She is really interesting and one of a kind. David's mother scared me. She was so mean to everyone and had to have it her way. The plot of this book was really unique. It was very wild and so much was happening at once. Luckily I never felt overwhelmed and was able to enjoy this quick and fun read. I recommend it.
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This book reminded me of one of my favorite teen manic romance/adventure books - Joe Schreiber's "Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick". In that book mild mannered teen Perry finds out that the family's dumpy, geeky Lithuanian exchange student Gobija Zaksauskas, is actually a hot, crazy assassin on a mission. In this take on Ferris Bueller meets La Femme Nikita, Perry spends the rest of the book tagging along with Gobi as she pursues her mission in an overheated, action packed New York City.

Well here, slightly younger mild mannered teen David finds out that the apparently insane and definitely violent teen girl being treated by his father is actually a hot single-minded extraterrestrial on a mission to kidnap Johnny Depp. He tags along with her on her mission through an overheated, action packed Paris. The similarity here is not mentioned in any way as a put down of this book. Write as many of these as you want. I'm happy to follow every well written teen hero who tags along with a hot crazy teen girl in every city on the planet.

And this book has just the right antic, disjointed, over active, funny, confused, action packed vibe. David is a decent sort who is in way over his head and who has just decided to let go of normal and go with the flow. Zelda is an over-the-top siren who plays right into David's hormonal teen wheelhouse. What makes it work especially well is that Zelda does oblivious and single-minded very well and David has mastered deadpan throw-away lines that ground and comment on the action even as it spirals out of control.

Somehow, Paris is just right and suits the energy, action and madness of David and Zelda's quest. (I don't see this book as being nearly as much fun if set in, say, Berlin or Amsterdam.
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This was an Amazon special and I guess I didn't read the plot description before I downloaded it to my Kindle (though the title tells it all,) because I was very surprised on the first page to discover that it really is about an alien girl on Earth. She is here to find her soulmate by checking human DNA against the sample DNA she brought with her of her perfect mate. She also has a photo of what her perfect DNA mate looks like, and it is a dead ringer for Johnny Depp, the American celebrity. She is being held against her will by French authorities who believe she is a nut case. A famous psychiatrist is trying to analyze her and cure her. The teenage son of this psychiatrist falls in love with her. He helps her escape, and tries to help her in her quest, and result is surprisingly funny. I think this was written for Young Adults, but I ended up enjoying it very much. The ending is satisfying and the adults in the tale have had their lives and attitudes changed.
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So, I'm not a teen, nor have I been for quite some time, but I found How I Stole Johnny Depp's Alien Girlfriend to be incredibly engaging and rewarding -- for a book of its genre.

David Gershwin is a typically hormonal teen boy, with an undeveloped physique and somewhat poltroon nature, spending an unremarkable summer with his father, a renowned psychologist, in rural France. David's father takes on a new, very violent, patient, Zelda, in his ward, who recounts a remarkable story: she is from another planet, and has landed on Earth in order to find her "chosen one," who so happens to be Johnny Depp. David immediately becomes smitten with Zelda and, not surprisingly, is the only person who believes her story. David is so taken with Zelda, in fact, that he enlists to become her personal assistant, and embarks on an epic quest to help her find Mr. Depp. Zelda, however, is being kept prisoner in David's father's compound, so the first order of business: escape.

Once free, enemies from both Earth and Zelda's world, Vahalal, interfere, and are steadfast in thwarting Zelda's plans. But Zelda has a limited amount of time to find Johnny before her chances of returning home with him fade, so she cannot afford to be captured. Will she make it in time?? Will David, as the title suggests, steal Zelda away from Johnny?? [Cue dramatic music]

Readers young and old will find enjoyment in this pithy book, and Gary Ghislain should be proud of his debut effort. The story moves quickly, the characters are well-defined, and though there are some plot devices and cliches, you will find yourself immersed in this adventure, hoping good will prevail over evil. I look forward to seeing what Mr. Ghislain produces next, as it is evident he has a vast imagination and a wry sense of humor.
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