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The Universe Versus Alex Woods

Extence, Gavin, 1982- (Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Universe Versus Alex Woods
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"Alex Woods was struck by a meteorite when he was ten years old, leaving scars that marked him for an extraordinary life. The son of a fortune teller, bookish, and an easy target for bullies, he hasn't had the most conventional childhood. When he meets curmudgeonly widower Mr. Peterson, he finds an unlikely friend. Someone who teaches him that that you only get one shot at life. That you have to make it count. So when, aged seventeen, Alex is stopped at Dover customs with 113 grams of marijuana, an urn full of ashes on the passenger seat, and an entire nation in uproar, he's fairly sure he's done the right thing ..."--From publisher description.
Authors: Extence, Gavin, 1982-
Title: The universe versus Alex Woods
Published: New York, NY : Redhook, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 407 p. ;,22 cm.
Summary: "Alex Woods was struck by a meteorite when he was ten years old, leaving scars that marked him for an extraordinary life. The son of a fortune teller, bookish, and an easy target for bullies, he hasn't had the most conventional childhood. When he meets curmudgeonly widower Mr. Peterson, he finds an unlikely friend. Someone who teaches him that that you only get one shot at life. That you have to make it count. So when, aged seventeen, Alex is stopped at Dover customs with 113 grams of marijuana, an urn full of ashes on the passenger seat, and an entire nation in uproar, he's fairly sure he's done the right thing ..."--From publisher description.
Local Note: 1
ISBN: 031624659X
9780316246590
0316246573
9780316246576
Branch Call Number: F EXT
Statement of Responsibility: Gavin Extence
Subject Headings: Domestic fiction. Friendship Fiction. Veterans Fiction. Epileptics Fiction. Teenagers Great Britain Fiction.
Topical Term: Domestic fiction.
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Epileptics
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Nov 10, 2014
  • 0Charlie rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A well written work that drew me in from the first paragraph. Alex was a great character to follow - always true to himself despite how the world perceives him. A terrific plot - I never knew what was coming next. It was fun that half way through the book, I looked back to the beginning and had forgotten how things started out. Highly recommended to teens and adults alike.

Jun 18, 2014
  • H19835195 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Absolutely outstanding ! I loved this book so much, and it will stay with me forever. Everyone I know who has read it feels the same.

Mar 28, 2014
  • Prospero_II rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This is a powerful, well written book which makes it all the more upsetting that the subject is assisted suicide. Definitely not for young people even though the main character is a teenager.

Jul 15, 2013
  • Laphroaig rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Guardian newspaper review characterized this book as "... a fairytale for rationalists."

I wish I'd said that, but even though I didn't, I heartily endorse the characterization. Read. This. Book.

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