Liana makes a pact with herself not to kiss any boys during the summer. She’s kissed several boys in the past, but then run from them all. Instead, she’s going to focus on herself. She wants to understand why she can’t talk to boys.
Hank knows about music; he lives for music. He works at a music store and has his eye on a special guitar. Hank is also different – he has Asperger’s syndrome. It’s hard for him to have conversations with people because he doesn’t understand social clues.
Liana and Hank meet randomly in a girls’ bathroom. Immediately, they connect. They can’t stop talking and neither wants to leave the conversation. They meet up again at a coffee shop. Liana just wants a friend, someone normal she can count on. Hank wants to date Liana. He’s never had a girlfriend. Eventually, they
share secrets and their dreams.
Can they get past their differences?
My Thoughts: Asperger’s syndrome isn’t the main focus of the story, but it adds a serious tone to this tale that is told in alternating perspectives. With THE HALF-LIFE OF PLANETS, Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin pen a winning novel of friendship, romance, and discovering yourself.
I really love Emily Franklin's books. This is the first book I've read from Brendan Halpin - who also wrote How Ya Like Me Know - who goes about a lot here at my library.
The Cover: Awesome and engaging
Source: ILL (also reviewed for www.teensreadtoo.com)