Review of “The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman”

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“The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by Brady Stefani (http://bradystefani.com). This is Mr. Stefani’s first novel.

I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this Science Fiction Young Adult novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence and some Mature Language. This novel is set in the contemporary US. The primary character is 15 year old Courtney Hoffman.

Hoffman wants to be normal, but she fears that she will end up crazy like her grandfather. She feels that she is steadily going nuts as she continues to ‘see’ aliens in her dreams. Then she meets an older girl, Agatha Kirlich, who is more than a little odd and who has been having dreams about a coming apocalypse.

Hoffman has to sort out what is real and then take action to avoid disaster for her, her friends and her family. The conspiracy theory her mother has warned her to ignore so that she does not end up like her grandfather turns out to be far more real than she had expected.

This was an enjoyable 6+ hour read of 282 pages. As expected for a YA novel, the story was a little on the light side. I give this novel a 3.8 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

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