The Universe Versus Alex Woods

The Universe Versus Alex Woods

Book - 2013
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Redhook, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316246576
Characteristics: 407 p. ; 22 cm.


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Oct 17, 2018

I loved this book. It made me laugh and it made me cry and you can't ask much more of a novel than that.

Dec 19, 2016

A touching (but not sappy!) story of an unlikely friendship between a cranky senior and a quirky teen whose life is shaped by the unenviable distinction of surviving a direct hit by a meteorite.

JCLDebbieF Oct 13, 2016

"When a book opens with a seventeen year old protagonist being stopped at Dover customs in the middle of what seems to be a nervous breakdown, with a large bag of marijuana and an urn full of ashes on the passenger seat, you know there’s going to be some pretty interesting explanations coming up."

LPL_CentennialC Aug 25, 2016

If the sentence "Alex Woods was struck by a meteor" doesn't get your attention, I'm not sure what will. But if you need more convincing, let me say that this coming of age story charmed me from beginning to end! The quirky plot is supported by lovable characters and heartfelt emotions. I highly recommend this book -- it's rewarding, even if it's bittersweet.

(Plus, the characters have a Kurt Vonnegut book club. I want a Kurt Vonnegut book club!)

Aug 21, 2016

Another wonderful story. What a lovely character Alex Wood is. The friendship that develops between this teenage boy & elderly neighbour is very precious & touching. They seemed to help each other so much at the end. It's a story that stays with you. I recommend it.

lotuslori_8 Jul 30, 2015

Not your typical tale of a friendship between a young person and a curmudgeon.

Jun 09, 2015

Cross-over fiction, also YA. The friendship between and awkward teenager and an elderly villager serves to improve the lives of both. This novel provides the reader with lots to think about.

0Charlie Nov 10, 2014

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

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.

Prospero_II Mar 28, 2014

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.


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Sep 26, 2016

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