Published: February 2014
Source: I received this book on Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.
Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.
Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.
But when Cara's classmates get swept up by anti-L'eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn't safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara's locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.
Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she's fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.
This was such a fun book! I loved Cara, and there was a great chemistry between her and Aelyx right from the start. I became invested in the characters quickly, and I was intrigued by the plot as well. This checked a lot of boxes for me, and it was just plain fun to read. I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a quick, lighthearted read.
A few of my favorite quotes:
"The fact that you purchased an inferior gift hardly seems like any failing on my part. It's common knowledge that shiny rocks are preferred among human females."
"The crinkle of cellophane caught her attention, and for the first time since their argument began, Cara noticed they'd attracted quite the little audience... One soldier propped against his Hum-V was even munching popcorn from a Smartfood bag. He nodded for her to continue as if she'd pressed the pause button, and now he wanted to resume watching 'Romancing the Clone'."
This book had me snorting laughing out loud in several places (see above), which I really enjoyed. I was a big fan of the romance, and I loved the not-so-perfect friendship that existed between the girls. Definitely looking forward to the next book!
Have you read this one?
Anyone else spend at least half of the book laughing?