Sunday, February 08, 2009
How I Spent My Last Night on Earth - Todd Strasser
Unfrotunately, the two best things about this book were the cover, which is pretty fun, and the nickname of the main character Allegra. Want to guess what it is? Go ahead, I'll give you a minute...
If you guessed LEGS, you're right. I think that's pretty clever, but the rest of this book required too much suspension of disbelief even for me, and that's saying something! The premise of this book is that an asteroid is on target to possibly hit the Earth, and if it does, that's the end of the world as we know it an the story. Allegra, who's a very level-headed, not to be distracted by emotion kind of girl - of which I really don't think there are very many in high school - is now faced with the possibility that she will die tomorrow without really ever knowing love, and this is a bit of a fright for her.
Enter Andros, the hottie surfer dude who's really never spoken to her before. And yet, she goes off to the beach with him for the night to await the asteroid??? Whose parents would let a high schooler do that if they thought there was even the chance of the asteroid hitting? And it didn't even seem like she told them.
I don't know, it was too much for my grown up brain to wrap itself around. Usually my inner high school girl comes through and I can believe about anything, but this time I just wasn't buying it. If you're only going to read one Todd Strasser, make it Give a Boy a Gun, not this one.