Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Young Adult Summer Reading Challenge: The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman by Brady G Stefani

This summer, members of the Vise Library are participating in a Young Adult Summer Reading Challenge. We have received copies of several books from publishers for honest reviews. We hope that you enjoy these reviews (and books)!  This week's book is The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman by Brady G Stefani!

About the book:

Fifteen year old Courtney wants to be normal like her friends. But there’s something frighteningly different about her―and it’s not just the mysterious tattoo her conspiracy-obsessed grandfather marked her with when she was a child. “Mental illness is a slippery slope,” her mother warns her. And the last thing Courtney wants to do is end up crazy and dead like her grandfather did.

But what about the tattoo? And the alien scouts who visit Courtney in her bedroom at night claiming to have shared an alliance with her grandfather? And her new friend Agatha’s apocalyptic visions? They have to be connected. Courtney has a mission: untangle her past, discover the truth, and stop the apocalypse before anyone from school finds out she’s missing.
Courtney Hoffman is seeing aliens...or at least she thinks she is seeing them.  She could just be plain crazy, just like her grandfather.  She has been lead to believe many things about her grandfather and she can't decide if they are real or not (kind of like the aliens).  She has a mysterious tattoo given to her by her grandfather and she has been told that her grandfather tried to kill her (did he or didn't he??).  Courtney has to take a journey in order to find out who she is and if she really belongs in a mental hospital, because...aliens.  

This book was a lot of fun.  It might have aliens, an adventure, funny characters and wormholes involved in the story.  This book grabs you from the word go.  It's fun to watch Courtney and friends get to the bottom of the truth.  There are a lot of great lines in this book that made me laugh out loud.  I can't decide if it's better to be seeing visions with aliens not actually being real or those visions actually being real aliens.  What do you think?  You will have to read The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman to find out!  

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About the author:

Brady G. Stefani has a bachelor's degree in creative writing, and a graduate degree in law. During law school, he interned with the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, where he interacted with patients suffering from severe thought disorders, including numerous patients presenting with subjectively real memories of being visited and abducted by alien beings. It was through his study of these patients, along with his own struggles with anxiety and cognition, that Stefani became aware of just how deceiving, mysterious, and powerfully resilient the human mind can be. 

In an effort to provide awareness of mental suffering, and spread hope to all those touched by it, Stefani is focused on writing YA novels that explore the experience of being different, and the other-worldly places our boundary-less imaginations can take us. Alienation is his first novel. But with two works currently in progress, the journey has just begun.

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