Title: Love and Other Alien Experiences
Author: Kerry Winfrey
Published by: Feiwel & Friends
Publication date: July 11, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Mental Health
I’m never going outside again.
Mallory hasn’t left the house in sixty-seven days–since the day her dad left. She attends her classes via webcam, rarely leaves her room (much to her brother’s chagrin), and spends most of her time watching The X-Files or chatting with the always obnoxious BeamMeUp on New Mexico’s premier alien message board.
But when she’s shockingly nominated for homecoming queen, her life takes a surprising turn. She slowly begins to open up to the world outside. And maybe if she can get her popular jock neighbor Brad Kirkpatrick to be her homecoming date, her classmates will stop calling her a freak.
In this heartwarming and humorous debut, Mallory discovers first love and the true meaning of home–just by taking one small step outside her house.
I am a huge romantic comedy fan, so when I discovered Love and Other Alien Experiences by Kerry Winfrey at a local author signing, I knew I had to pick it up. Plus I could not say no to a book that mentions the X-Files. This story was one of the funniest, sweetest, and swooniest books I have read in a long time.
While the main character suffers from anxiety and agoraphobia, Mallory is still determined to complete her high school studies via webcam. And one of her notable pastimes is actively participating on an online alien message board forum. There she is able to be herself and dive into conspiracy theories and her love for the X-Files with like-minded people. Even though Mal struggles to physically go outside, she still challenges herself to face her fears. It is through her determination that she is able to take small steps into a world filled with homecoming prospects, a partnered science project, and a possible dating life.
I adored Love and Other Alien Experiences because it is a delicious morsel that parallels many themes and tropes found in high school rom-com movies. It has the best sarcastic and witty humor, and a romantic relationship that I was hoping (and rooting) for the whole time. I am a sucker for adorable romances and I cannot help but swoon when a guy follows his instincts and gifts a bouquet of Twizzlers to his crush. If you are a fan of 90s rom-com films, swooning, nerdy pop culture references, and a book filled with laughter and so much heart, Love and Other Alien Experiences is your one-way ticket to a very satisfying read.
NOTE: I was not provided a copy of this book by the author or the publisher in exchange for a review. I bought this book with my own funds, and I reviewed the book at my own discretion. All statements and opinions in this review are mine.