I received Love and Other Alien Experiences by Kerry Winfrey through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, and I give it 5/5 stars.
My name is Mallory Sullivan.
My therapist says I have an anxiety disorder.
My brother says I’m an “optimistic recluse.”
Everybody else says I'm a freak.
And they kind of have a point, because I haven't left the house in 67 days and only attend class via the webcam on my laptop. The person I talk to the most other than my mom and brother is the completely obnoxious BeamMeUp, and all we do is argue on New Mexico’s premiere alien message board.
But after yesterday, I have something: a chance. If I can win the homecoming crown by convincing resident hot popular guy and Friday Night Lights spawn Brad Kirkpatrick to go as my date, then maybe #stayathome will never appear next to the name @Mallory_Sullivan ever again.
First, I have to leave my room. (Goodreads)
I want to start this review of Love and Other Alien Experiences by Kerry Winfrey by pointing out my limited knowledge on the topics of anxiety and agoraphobia. I really enjoyed the book, but I cannot say whether the representation is accurate or not.
Aside from that disclaimer, I found the characters extremely likable and well-rounded with realistic relationships and lives. The romance was slow-burn and wonderful (even though it was perfectly predictable—still loved it), and the pacing of the chapters were spot-on. I really rooted for and felt for Mallory; she had clear goals from the beginning and they helped propel the story forward. I really enjoyed the side characters and the little escapades Mallory went on during her journey to Homecoming.
My complaints: the outdated texting and references, the text hasn't been updated so it takes place in 2015, and the "bad boy who's a jerk" trope. The last thing wasn't actually a thing in the book, but it started off that way. The "bad boy" comes off as a bad boy, but he's not a total jerk; he's just not overly sweet like his "good guy" brother.
Overall, this was a fast-paced, sweet, quick read that I highly recommend. It wasn't overly alien-oriented and it ends in a satisfying way.
Love and Other Alien Experiences by Kerry Winfrey was previously published in 2015 (hence the 2015 date references, I assume, which I hope will be changed) and will be republished on July 11, 2017.