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How I Stole Johnny Depp's Alien Girlfriend Hardcover – June 8, 2011
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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!
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.Read more ›
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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How I Stole Johnny Depp's Alien Girlfriend I'm sure was written for pre/early teens, but I have to admit I found it entirely a fun and amusing read.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was completely smitten with this book for middle-graders. I wish I hadn't taken so long to get around to reading it. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Nicola Mansfield
While I'm probably quite a bit older than the target audience, I thoroughly enjoyed this.Published 23 months ago by John Lustig
Enjoyed it. It was different. There is moral to this story. Which was kind of cute. Life is what happens between the start of your dreams and what you thought your goals was.Published on June 12, 2014 by PTJAMES
I just bought this book because of the title, I admit it! I couldn't be sure that I would enjoy it, so I waited for it to go on sale. Read morePublished on June 5, 2014 by Shannon Keith
This was funny. Really enjoyed it. Would be interesting to see a sequel to see where the characters end up.Published on April 18, 2014 by Jack's Lady
This book had me laughing out loud so many times. So cute. A fun quick read that'll keep you in stitches.Published on April 15, 2014 by Amazon Customer
This was purchased for a gift for a friend who loves Johnny to obsession. I didn't read the book, but the gift itself was the hit of the party.Published on January 26, 2014 by G. Gardner
This story was cute and definitely amusing, but not fantastic. It is a great way to kill time, but doesn't offer anything deeper.Published on September 30, 2013 by Lynne C.