First Day on Earth
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: November 1, 2011
Rating: 4 stars
A startling, wonderful novel about the true meaning of being an alien in an equally alien world.
“We are specks. Pieces of dust in this universe. Big nothings.
“I know what I am.”
Mal lives on the fringes of high school. Angry. Misunderstood. Yet loving the world — or, at least, an idea of the world.
Then he meets Hooper. Who says he’s from another planet. And may be going home very soon.
First Day on Earth by Cecil Castelucci was a cute read. I really enjoyed the characters, but I wish it had been a bit longer. I felt like the book was over much too fast. It was my first Cecil Castellucci read, but by no means my last.
This was a book of extremely short chapters. Usually, I think this may bother me, but it really worked well for this one. I loved the formatting too. Some pages only had a few sentences, but it was always meaningful when that happened.
The plot was fun. It was very simplistic, yet I still was never exactly sure where it would go. There wasn’t a lot of substance to it, and I do wish it had been a bit more fleshed out. The book was only 150 pages, so to me, there wasn’t really room for all of that.
The characters were fun. I loved the relationship between Mal and Posey – it was such an odd relationship, yet they had an invisible bond almost. Hooper was a riot. I loved him. I felt so bad for Darwyn! He was always doing everyone’s grunt work or being made fun of.
This was a super fast paced book that was really cute. I would recommend First Day on Earth by Cecil Castelucci if you are looking for one of those reads that you don’t have to think a lot while reading. I am very curious in seeing more from Cecil Castellucci after this one!