Monday, April 2, 2012

Treehugger by Kea Alwang

Title: Treehugger
Author: Kea Alwang

Goodreads Synopsis:
For fourteen-year-old Chloe, planet hopping is a gift. Righting the wrongs of the multiverse on behalf of a mysterious life form is a privilege. Leading a double life has its perks. Being Earth-born, however, simply bites. Chloe knows she will never fit in when high school starts; that's a given. It's not like she can reveal her true self and her unusual abilities on Earth anyway. She used to be okay with that, as long as her two best friends were part of her extraterrestrial life, understanding her the way nobody else could. That was before those friends vanished. That was before some jerk displayed her underwear on his head. Now two-thirds short of feeling whole, Chloe becomes an enemy to herself just as a terrifying nemesis threatens to resurface. Can she fight through weakened skills, fearsome flashbacks, and evolving relationships to meet her future head on? Does it really matter what world you're on when trying to find yourself?

I was very thoroughly confused with the first few chapters. I read the synopsis and they call her Chloe but then in the book she's Star? This book kind of threw me off and was hard to really get into.

Chloe seemed a bit of a brat with because all she wanted and heavily mulled over was being where she wanted to be and that was it. No effort to really get to know anyone and make the best out of a bad situation and that kind of irked me (but at the same time I shouldn't talk because i think i would feel the same way).  

Chloe is having a hard time on Earth (how many of us aren't?). She dislikes being Earth-born and tries to commit but it doesn't seem to be enough. I felt her relate-able in that she doesn't seem to quite fit in even though she doesn't want to.  Ever moved from the house, city, friends, everything you know for another? Well that's how Chloe feels being on Earth. We've all been through (obviously not exactly the same way) what she went through at the slumber party. 

Overall, I thought it as relate-able to a certain point but at the same time it kind of irked me with how she acted. A pretty good book but it was hard to finish.


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