Length: 352 pages
How long does it take to travel 13 light-years to Earth?
How long does it take to fall in love?
To the universe, eight days is a mere blip—but to Matty Jones, it may be just enough time to change his life.
On the hot summer day Matty’s dad leaves for good, a strange girl suddenly appears in the empty field next to the Jones farm—the very field in rural Pennsylvania where a spaceship supposedly landed fifty years ago. She is uniquely beautiful, sweet, and smart, and she tells Matty she’s waiting for her spaceship to return to pick her up.
Of course she is.
Matty has heard all the impossible UFO stories for all of his seventeen years: the conspiracy theories, the wild rumors, the crazy belief in life beyond the stars. As a kid, he searched the skies with his dad and studied the constellations. But all that is behind him now. Dad’s gone and Matty’s stuck.
But now there is Priya. The self-proclaimed alien girl. She must be crazy or high, right?
As Matty unravels the mystery of Priya, he realizes there is far more to her than he first imagined.
And if he can learn to believe in what he can’t see: the universe, aliens…love…then maybe the impossible is possible, after all.
Today I have a special guest post from Cat Jordan! Cat wrote THE LEAVING SEASON, which I absolutely adored, and the recent novel EIGHT DAYS ON PLANET EARTH! I can’t wait to read it! For the guest post, Cat is going to discuss what the few things on her desk are!
Sad rose: This is the last rose from a beautiful bouquet a friend gave me last weekend for a performance. It doesn’t even have a scent anymore but I will hold onto it until every last petal falls off.
To-do list: My grandmother used to salvage every bit of scrap paper for her to-do lists, whether it was a flyer that came in the mail, the back of an envelope or an old card. I take it one step further and staple the sheets together to make them into mini pads of paper.
Best pen ever: Pentel, fine point, black. Every other pen pales in comparison. Plus I love the clear plastic so I know when it’s about to run out.
Jump drive: Contains all my books, notes, outlines, etc. Should probably not be sitting out in the open or left somewhere it could get damaged or lost. And yet…here it is.
View 1: To my right is a window onto my mini-patio where I have some dried-up tomato plants and a set of table and chairs where I can drink my coffee and watch the dogs walk by.
View 2: Directly in front of me is a window onto the street where I can watch the dogs walk by. Yep, it’s all about the dogs in this neighborhood.
Stapler combo: I use the stapler (see above about my to-do lists made of scrap paper) but the pencil sharpener is pure nostalgia. I don’t think I even own a pencil. The last time I plugged it in was to sharpen my eye liner.
VIP object: Holds coffee. Says Gilmore Girls on it. Need I say more?
Treats: This used to hold sugarless gum but now it holds whatever I want as a snack while I write. Some days I fill it with grapes; some days, it’s Fritos. It’s never empty.
Alice is an 18 year old college student who loves the oxford comma, television shows, and the company of dogs. She finds writing in the third person odd yet enjoyable. You can find her scrolling through Twitter, Instagram, and forever organizing her shelves on Goodreads.