The Half-Life of Planets

The Half-Life of Planets

eBook - 2015
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Liana's decided to boycott kissing this summer, hoping to lose her reputation and focus on planetary science. Hank has near-encyclopedic knowledge of music and Asperger's syndrome. When they meet by chance in a hospital restroom, neither one realizes that their friendship will change everything. If Liana's experiment goes as planned, she'll learn to open up, using her mouth for talking instead of kissing. But Hank's never been kissed and thinks Liana might be the one to show him . . . if he can stop spewing music trivia long enough to let her.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Open Road Media Teen & Tween, 2015
ISBN: 9781504006507
150400650X
Branch Call Number: FICTION Fra
Description: 1 online resource (248 pages)
Additional Contributors: Freading (Firm)

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Girls are confusing! Just because they say something nice does not mean they want to date you. I realize that guys have thought girls were confusing since the beginning of time, but it is even worse for me. I have Asperger’s, which means I do not understand normal social behavior let alone social... Read More »


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Dec 03, 2010

To be honest, the only book I'd read before this that was through the eyes of someone with autism was The Curious Case of the Dog in the Nighttime. That book just depressed me because the main character was seemingly oblivious and unable to connect to the people who loved and cared about him.
After reading the summary, I figured Hank, the boy with autism, would be the same way and that Lina, the science-minded girl, would be your typical preppy popular high school slut who would take pity on the poor boy with autism but gradually grow to find that he, in fact, had things to teach her and so on and so forth. In short, I thought it would be a clichéd crapfest.
That's why I was happily surprised to find that this book was nothing of the sort. It was hilarious and entertaining. The characters - both Lina, the girl trying to escape the false label her peers would assign her, and Hank, the boy trying to navigate the social waters of teenagerdom (granted with a little more difficulty than the average person) - are smart and easy to relate to. Overall a fun and refreshing easy read.

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