Review: How I Stole Johnny Depp’s Alien Girlfriend

Posted on November 14, 2011

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How I Stole Johnny Depp’s Alien Girlfriend
By Gary Ghislain
Chronicle Books
July 2011
208 pages

Fourteen-year old David Gershwin’s dad is a famous Paris thearapist who specializes in troubled teens. When he brings Zelda to their country home in Cornouille, she turns their lives upside down. Zelda claims she is 325-years old and from Vahalal, a planet of women who worship Zook. Her purpose on Earth is to find and capture Johnny Depp, her chosen one. No one believes her, including David at first. He is captivated, though certainly not by her charm. Zelda is a walking disaster. When she escapes, David’s dad sends him away to live with his mother, a barracuda divorce lawyer who bears some eerie similarities to the Zelda creature. But Zelda is hiding in the trunk of her car. Instead of turning her in to the authorities, David decides to aid her on her quest to find Johnny Depp. From then on his life will never be the same.

How I Stole Johnny Depp’s Alien Girlfriend is sort of like Splash meets Species. Only the boy teen doesn’t tangle with a mermaid, he gets mixed up with a dangerous alien. While the plot is predictable, David’s character is hilarious and Zelda is over-the-top outrageous. And of course their quest to find Johnny Depp goes completely awry, which makes for non-stop, page-turning entertainment. Yes, middle school and teen boys will enjoy this book, but so will anyone else who reads it.

Copyright (c) 2011 by Peggy Tibbetts

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