Hi everyone, this week our book review will take us on a road trip across America as we follow the young protagonist of this next book. He’s not your average tween, and neither is this story. So, if you like books with unexpected twists and turns in the hero’s journey, sit and down and dive into this read!
Title: See you in the cosmos
Author: Jack Cheng
Genre: Fiction – contemporary
Publication details: Dial Books for Young Readers; NY, 2017
What this book is about: Eleven-year-old Alex Petroski is determined to launch his golden iPod into space. With a series of audio recordings, he’ll show other life forms what life on Earth – his Earth – is really like. But for a boy with a troubled mom, and a mostly not-around brother, Alex struggles with the big questions: Where do I come from? Who’s out there? And above all, How can I be brave? Determined to find the answers, Alex sets out on an extraordinary road trip with his dog, Carl Sagan – named for Alex’s hero, the real-life astronomer. But his destination keeps changing. And the funny, lost, remarkable people he meets along the way can only partially prepare him for the secrets he’ll uncover – secrets that will turn his universe upside down.
My review: What a rush of a read!! It played with my emotions and sent me off kilter with each chapter!! Poignant, inspirational, heartwarming, and funny, this story has it all!! I enjoyed journeying across America with Alex. He was such a lovable and adorable character. Brave and strong, he personifies all that we see today in the kids now!! The writing style, in the form of audio recordings, is such a unique experience that you almost forget where you are while reading!! A great book for youngsters who thirst for adventure!
My rating: 5 ⭐
Additional notes: This title was nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Middle Grade & Children’s in 2017.