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The Universe Versus Alex Woods

Extence, Gavin (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4.5 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
Publisher: 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: 9780316246576
0316246573
9780316246590
031624659X
Branch Call Number: F EXT
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Report This 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.

Report This 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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