by Captain Lyaf Yarr
Title: The Dark Side of Nowhere
Author: Neal Shusterman
Page Count: 192
Grade Reading Level: Grades 6-9
Summary: Jason has always lived in the same town his whole life and thinks it’s so boring. But when Jason’s friend, Ethan dies from a burst appendicitis everything changes. Not only is everyone sad that he’s gone but something really weird happens. Grant, the janitor tells Jason that Ethan isn’t dead. Is he right? How is that possible? Then Jason is given a robotic-like glove by Grant and finds out that his whole life has been a lie. Everybody he knows, including himself, are aliens!
Why I Started the Book:
I started this book because it was a book we were reading in class before school got out for the year. We didn’t get to finish it so I decided to cheek it out of the library.
- The writing in this book was phenomenal! I was at the end of my seat after every chapter. I could understand how the characters felt and their whole experience. It was like I was there in the same situation.
- I liked how his parents never lied. He told Jason the truth about them through a bedtime story, he just didn’t know it was true.
- The cover of this book is way awesome and fits the suspenseful haunting quality of the story.
- The book’s main point is what it means to be human.
Last minute thoughts: I wouldn’t suggest anyone under sixth grade read this book. It’s very dark and I don’t know if they would understand everything or just be completely creeped out.
Neal Shusterman is my favorite author at the moment! I look forward to reading more of his books!
Book Rating: I give this book 5 treasure chests!