The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex

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A book review by Kendyl Bryant

smekdayIf you’ve seen the new Dreamworks film Home starring the vocal stylings of Jim Parsons and Rihanna, you might be surprised to learn that it was adapted from a 420-page children’s novel. While the movie is highly entertaining, heartfelt and accessible to all ages, as you might imagine it simplifies the story and loses some fantastic thematics in the process.

The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex is written in essay form by the main character, Gratuity Tucci, an eleven year old who had to grow up rather quickly due to her somewhat-flaky single mother…and her mother’s alien abduction which leaves her to make her own way to Florida. You see, when an alien race called the Boov invades, they first need humans to teach them English (humans like Gratuity’s mother) and next they use their new-found English skills to tell all humans…

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About Kendyl Bryant

Working as an audiobook proofer at Brilliance Audio, Kendyl has an inexplicable love for young adult fiction (but not for love triangles), 80s music, TV and movies (John Hughes is perfection) and various fandoms, including but not limited to Harry Potter (Slytherin for life!), Doctor Who (even after Moffat ruined it), Nerdfighteria and anything by Joss Whedon. You can follow her on Tumblr where she is an active fangirl and proud feminist/social justice warrior or on Twitter where she basically just retweets the Adaptation Twitter… Your call.

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