Visited by Janine Caldwell
Publication date: May 25th 2013
Genre: YA coming-of-age fantasy
Seventeen-year-old Joanna Murphy has lost faith in her life. Vying for her mom’s attention, she’s resentful of her stepdad’s intrusion to their family. Her best friend, Tommy, has no clue she’s in love with him as he dates girl after girl without noticing how it tortures her. The final kicker, though, is God’s sick joke to make her freakishly tall when everyone knows boys prefer petite girls.
Then in a bizarre accident Joanna meets James, a breathtaking teen who appears to her after an unusual falling star sighting. Suddenly, her dream for an alien encounter becomes all too real. But when she finds her life has been made unrecognizable, she’s forced into an explosive study of the original design for her life that just may have her regretting every wish she ever made.
4 of 5 Visited
Visited was a cute story from the beginning. As I was reading it though I really felt like this was not a YA book but maybe more for middle schoolers. The story flowed semi smoothly and had me going back to re-read what I read to make sure I did not miss anything.
In Visited we meet 17 year old Joanna Murphy. She hates her life. She hates how her mother remarried a guy she can't stand and she hates the fact that her mother never pays attention to her and she hates the fact that she is in love with her best friend and has to watch him date other girls. She also hates the fact that she is weirdly tall for a girl. I mean she would rather be small so maybe Tommy will notice her as dating material rather than a best friend.
One day while staring up at the stars she wishes things could be different. She wishes she had Tommy for a boyfriend and she wishes her mother never remarried. While she is wishing on this falling star she sees this boy coming towards her and oh man she is intrigued because he is the most handsomest boy she has ever seen. She is so caught up by James that she wonders if her dream man has come true and come to life. But everything is not what it seems and Joanna soon learns that she should have been careful with what she wished for.
This is a cute read and I know middle school teens will love this story!
Janine Caldwell was born in Concord, CA and raised in the small San Francisco Bay Area town of Clayton. Four days after her high school graduation, Janine attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and graduated with a degree in English.
Janine now lives in Anthem, AZ with her husband and two sons. As a lifelong literature fanatic, she knew it was only a matter of time before she would become obsessed with writing her own work. With relatives like the Brothers Grimm and Anita Loos (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), she figured fantasy writing had to be in her DNA.
Books published by Janine include Visited, a YA coming-of-age fantasy, Rematch and Double Fault—the first two books of The Vortex Series. The final book in this YA fantasy romance, Deuce, will be released fall 2013.