Saturday, July 21, 2012
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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