A rare meteorite struck Alex Woods when he was ten years old, leaving scars and marking him for an extraordinary future. The son of a fortune teller, bookish, and an easy target for bullies, Alex hasn't had the easiest childhood.
But 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 customs with 113 grams of marijuana, an urn full of ashes on the front seat, and an entire nation in uproar, he's fairly sure he's done the right thing ...
The Universe versus Alex Woods is a superb debut! A coming of age novel with a memorable protagonist, Alex will stay with you long after you've finished the last page. Growing up, in an extremely rare moment, a meteorite crashes through his home, into the bathroom where Alex has the unlikely moment of being, and knocks him in the head. He's very lucky he is alive, but it changed his life.
His mom is a fortune teller, his dad not around and Alex doesn't have a lot of luck making friends. He is the target for bullies, he's very intelligent and has a unique aspect on life. Then he meets Mr. Peterson, a Vietnam Veteran who dislikes pretty much everything and anything. But he and Alex strike up a friendship and begin a life-changing journey for both of them.
Sometimes funny, other's sad, The Universe of Alex Woods is a page-turner. I was captivated from the first page and thoroughly enjoyed it. One of the best books I've read this year so far!
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