Review: The Half-Life of Planets by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin

Posted: September 19, 2014 in Reviews
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This review was originally posted at West of Mars. It is being posted here, at its new permanent home.


I’ve seen the stacks of books Susan’s got for me. I have. But darn it, I can’t stay out of the library. I’m going to try from here on out, though, because I picked up another YA stinker.

This one’s called The Half-Life of Planets, and it’s a collaboration between Emily Frankin and Brendan Halpin. It had promise: a science-obsessed girl meets a music-obsessed kid with Asperger’s.

I work with a couple of people who have Autism. I get their limitations, and the ones like Hank who love music are awesome. We also do a program for Autistic kids with the symphony, and after the first time, when some kid’s mother wanted to hook me up with her husband, the dude in charge of the corporate bucks, I come around and mix and mingle. Arts funding is getting cut all over the place. If there’s corporate bucks to make up that shortfall, I’m there.

Wish I’d stayed there, though, because I hated this book. Hank and Liana just annoyed me until I wanted to scream. If they hadn’t turned every last line of dialogue into a song reference, I wouldn’t have gotten as far as I did, but since I gave up on page 44, that’s not saying much.

Keep Hank. He’s interesting. But lose Liana and her neurotic family. Why can’t anyone in fiction be normal anymore?

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