The Half Life of Planets

The Half Life of Planets

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Lianna is an aspiring planetary scientist and also a kissing addict. This summer, though, she plans to spend every kiss-worthy hour in the lab, studying stars.

Hank has never been kissed. He's smart and funny and very socially awkward, because he's got Asperger's syndrome. Hank's plan for the summer is to work at a music store and save enough to buy his beloved Fender Jazzmaster.

What neither Liana nor Hank plan for is their fateful the women's bathroom at the hospital. But their star-crossed encounter could be the very best kind.

Two veteran YA authors tell, in alternating chapters, the story of two kids who discover that the best parts of people can't be summed up easily.
Publisher: New York : Disney Hyperion Books, 2010.
ISBN: 9781423121114
Branch Call Number: YA FRA
Additional Contributors: Halpin, Brendan 1968-


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Dec 03, 2010

To be honest, the only book I'd read before this that was through the eyes of someone with autism was The Curious Case of the Dog in the Nighttime. That book just depressed me because the main character was seemingly oblivious and unable to connect to the people who loved and cared about him.
After reading the summary, I figured Hank, the boy with autism, would be the same way and that Lina, the science-minded girl, would be your typical preppy popular high school slut who would take pity on the poor boy with autism but gradually grow to find that he, in fact, had things to teach her and so on and so forth. In short, I thought it would be a clichéd crapfest.
That's why I was happily surprised to find that this book was nothing of the sort. It was hilarious and entertaining. The characters - both Lina, the girl trying to escape the false label her peers would assign her, and Hank, the boy trying to navigate the social waters of teenagerdom (granted with a little more difficulty than the average person) - are smart and easy to relate to. Overall a fun and refreshing easy read.

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