Wednesday, August 18, 2010

review: The Half-Life of Planets by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin

publisher: Hyperion
pub date: Jun 15, 2010
pgs: 247 (hardcover)
source: bought at ALA

product description from amazon:
Lianna is an aspiring planetary scientist…and also a kissing expert. She's got a lot of experience. Maybe too much. So this summer she decides to conduct an experiment: She's going to give up the kissing part. It shouldn’t be too hard for her--after all, none of her kissing partners so far have been worth the lip time. That is, until Hank comes along.

Hank has never been kissed. He’s smart and funny—sometimes without intending to be—and a little socially challenged. Hank’s got Asperger’s syndrome. This means he knows nearly every track that Kirsty Maccoll has ever appeared on, but not when to shut up about it. Despite his loquatiousness, he also doesn’t know when to say the things he should. Things like, I don’t have a father. I want to hold your hand, I want to kiss you.

It would appear that Hank and Liana are in for an interesting summer—if the planets align correctly.

reading experience:
Liana and Hank's friendship begins unexpectedly. But it begins as a friendship. I liked that. I enjoyed reading about how they go from two strangers meeting in a girls bathroom at the hospital, to sharing coffee at Espresso Love, to sharing secrets in the bedroom (Hank is feeding his turtle, theres just talk). They both want more, but through insecurities and misunderstandings and the "no-kissing-summer", it takes a while to get there. Which is okay.

Hank, with all his ramblings and oversharing and musical know, is wonderful. Liana's love of space and struggles with boys is endearing. They had a lot of growing up to do. By the end, they have grown. They've become better people. I liked them. I liked their story.

I got deeper into the male mind then I really wanted, and there is swearing.

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