Thorndike Press

Of Jenny and the Aliens

  • Ryan Gebhart
  • Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
  • ISBN-10: 1432863088
  • ISBN-13: 9781432863081
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.45 lbs ( .66 kgs)
  • 476 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released February 2019



Ten years after Earth sent messages out into deep space, there has been an answer. Music from a distant planet has reached our radios. Are aliens about to invade? No one knows, and almost-eighteen-year-old Derek doesn’t really care, because at a wild end-of-the-world party, Jennifer Novak invites him to play beer pong. And things . . . progress from there. Derek is in love. Deeply, hopelessly in love. He wants it all — marriage, kids, growing old on a beach in Costa Rica. Jenny is The One.

But Jenny has other plans, and they may or may not include Derek. He’ll try anything to win her — even soliciting advice from the alien who shows up in his hometown. This alien might just be the answer to Derek’s problem. But is Derek willing to risk starting an interstellar war just to get the girl? And just how far will he travel to discover the mysteries of the universe — and love?

Age Range: 15-18 | Grade Level: 10+ | Lexile Measure: HL750L


Customer Reviews

“This perfectly off-kilter love story is ideal for jaded, philosophically minded teens as well as those who would appreciate the madcap genius of stealing shopping carts to turn them into gaming chairs.”

— Booklist (starred)

“Teens should find his confusion about romantic, fraternal, and familial love relatable, and Gebhart keeps the love story fresh with aliens, interstellar hallucinogens, and surreal imagery, including one long sequence in which Derek follows Karo to Pud 5. Recommended for adventurous YA readers, especially those looking for a realistic teen male voice.”

— School Library Journal