This review was written for Online Book Club
“I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars.”
This book was an “OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day.”
The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman is a young adult novel written about a 15-year-old girl named Courtney. The story begins on the night of her birthday. Courtney has an imaginary friend called Astra that she confines in. More interestingly, she has dreams and visions of alien-like people that scare her. She remembers a few things from being very young. Her grandfather was trying to drown her, talks about aliens coming to get her and a tattoo symbolizing something that she does not fully understand.
She is very frightful of being stigmatized as crazy, and the people that visit her claiming that she is part of something similar to an alliance do not help her situation at all. Her mother dumps her into a mental house where Courtney makes friends with a girl named Agatha. She tells Courtney to contact her when she gets out. The journey begins once these two meet again and Courtney realizes if she really is crazy or is everything real.
The author portrays this young girl’s situation in a very well laid out plot. There are references to mental illness, and the journey one takes to self-discovery. Courtney is very strong-minded and has a beautiful personality. Something that our youth can look up to and subsequently, this makes the book an ideal read for our young adults.
For parents looking for idyllic books, this would be it. It has that thriller feeling and suspense throughout the whole story. I believe that the author researched well into the psychological impact and the emotional consequences one endures when they are stigmatized as a mental person.
I recommend this book to people that like to read on mental illness, aliens, fantasy and magic tales.
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Written by Jeyran Main