The Compulsive Reader: Mothership by Martin Leicht and Isla Neal

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Mothership by Martin Leicht and Isla Neal

Elvie had a plan: get good grades and get a great job after school that allows her to travel the universe. But that plan got derailed by Cole, and now she's pregnant and attending the Hanover School for for Expecting Teen Mothers on a space ship orbitting Earth. Things are going as well as can beexpected considering Elvie is pregnant andher arch-nemesis is a fellow student at the school...pregnant with Cole's baby as well. But when a bunch of hot pirates board the ship just a few weeks short of Elvie's due date and tell the girls that they're not safe, things get interesting. And when it turns out that Cole is one of her so-called rescuers...well, then things get complicated.

Mothership is a wacky and hilarious novel reminiscent of Louise Rennison...if Rennison had written about teen pregnancy and aliens. Everything about this book, from the characters to the plot, is very quirky, but engagingly so. The humor is intelligent and quick to grab your attention, but not so out there as to lose your attention. Elvie is an excellent narrator; she's plucky, smart, and a little guy crazy, but that doesn't dimish her intelligence. On the surface she may appear to be silly and superficial, but she really is a mature character who has a lot of dreams and is struggling to make the best decisions for her baby and herself, and with feeling betrayed by Cole. She definitely doesn't sit around and wait for anyone to save her, and even eight months pregnant, she is kicking butt. The secondary characters are well-developed as well; Elvie's dad is pretty cool, even if he has trouble communicating with her and her best friend Duckie is fun and supportive in the best of ways. Though Cole does come off as dumb and rather unattractive at first, he does grow on the reader as the book moves along. There is plenty of good action, great laughs, and nice twist at the end of the book to guarantee that readers will be coming back for book two in the Ever Expanding Universe trilogy.
Cover Comments: I wasn't really sure about this cover at first just because it seems a bit juvenile, but it is a lot of fun and it fits the book nicely! Also, it really pops out on the shelf!

Review copy provided by publisher.

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Anonymous said...

Sounds really funny and I'm crazy about the cover, it's so eye-catching!
Thanks for the review, I hadn't heard of the book before.

Mary Preston said...

I like the cover because it's different & interesting. A lot of covers around are so much the same.