26 October 2017

Eight Days on Planet Earth - Tour

Eight Days on Planet Earth
Cat Jordan

Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
Release date: November 7th 2017

A heart-wrenching romance full of twists that are sure to bring tears to readers’ eyes, from Cat Jordan, author of The Leaving Season.

How long does it take to travel twenty light years to Earth?

How long does it take to fall in love?

To the universe, eight days is a mere blip, but to Matty Jones, it may be just enough time to change his life.

On the hot summer day Matty’s dad leaves for good, a strange girl suddenly appears in the empty field next to the Jones farm—the very field in rural Pennsylvania where a spaceship supposedly landed fifty years ago. She is uniquely beautiful, sweet, and smart, and she tells Matty she’s waiting for herspaceship to pick her up and return her to her home planet. Of course she is.

Matty has heard a million impossible UFO stories for each of his seventeen years: the conspiracy theories, the wild rumors, the crazy belief in life beyond the stars. When he was a kid, he and his dad searched the skies and studied the constellations. But all of that is behind him. Dad’s gone—but now there’s Priya. She must be crazy…right?

As Matty unravels the mystery of the girl in the field, he realizes there is far more to her than he first imagined. And if he can learn to believe in what he can’t see: the universe, aliens…love…then maybe the impossible is possible, after all.

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: Eight Days on Planet Earth is extremely poignant and thought provoking. It's one of those stories that will stay with you. 

I honestly thought I had an idea where the book was heading but it turns out I was completely wrong. The plot was totally unexpected and so emotional. I was expecting an alien YA romance but what we get is so much more.

Eight Days on Planet Earth is a dramatic coming of age story with a twist. Matty is at a crossroad. That turning point where he's not quite and adult but is faced with some very adult situations. His life has taken a dramatic turn as his parents marriage falls apart. So when he meets mystery girl Priya he's immediately intrigued by her.

I really don't want spoil any of this quirky story so I can't say too much about Priya. Matty is instantly drawn to her but worries that she's another UFO chaser like his father - he really doesn't want to be anything like his father!

The concept is unique and full of drama. I'm often irritated by stories where everything has a hidden meaning, or when you have to spend too much time trying to delve through too many metaphors. BUT I really enjoyed analysing everything here and loved the combination of YA romance and bigger drama. There are some unsettling elements with rather traumatic issues but Cat Jordan does a wonderful job explaining things in an approachable manner whilst making me ugly cry.  

4 Stars in my Sky!

Author Spotlight:

When I was a teenager, the very first book I ever tried to write was pretentious and stilted and set in a future where there was no paper. Obviously, I fancied myself another Ray Bradbury (who I was thrilled to meet not once but twice!). The book had an awesome title and no plot but I had the most fun creating the characters and the world they lived in. That to me is the most enjoyable part of writing a novel: envisioning a world and populating it with all kinds of people and dogs. Gotta have a dog.

The worlds I create now as an adult are based on my travels from coast to coast in the US, to Europe and Mexico and Canada, and on the people I have met and loved and admired and feared. And dogs.

Currently I live in Los Angeles. With my dog.


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