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Henry is having a tough time. His boyfriend committed suicide, his grandmother's memory is going, and now he must decide if he wants to save the planet. Ever since he was nine years old he has been abducted by aliens and now they are letting him decide if he should save the planet.
This was such a weird and beautiful book. I absolutely loved Henry. He is a junior in high school who gets bullied a lot because of the abductions. His boyfriend committed suicide the year before, his best friend left him that same summer, and now his family isn't the best either.
This is one of the few families in YA that play a big portion of the protagonist life and it is the only one that is so dysfunctional. His older brother is extremely aggressive borderline abusive, his mother is overworked and not as engaging, and his grandmother is losing her memory. On top of all that his older brother gets his girlfriend pregnant which adds more stress to the family.
Henry is still grieving for his boyfriend when a new boy shows up to school. I thought the author did a great job introducing a tentative love interest while having Henry go through so many emotions.
This was absolutely a wonderfully well written book. It dealt beautifully with such hard topics, not only with grief, suicide but mental illness. I am still unsure if this was a contemporary book and the aliens were a manifestation of mental illness. Or is this was a scifi book that had actual aliens.
I can't recommend this book enough.
I cried so hard and I absolutely loved it.
I gave this book an A.
I devour worlds with each new book. I am making up for lost time as a late bloomer of the reading world.