Review: See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng

33282947See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng

Published February 28th 2017

A space-obsessed boy and his dog, Carl Sagan, take a journey toward family, love, hope, and awe in this funny and moving novel for fans of Counting by 7s and Walk Two Moons.

11-year-old Alex Petroski loves space and rockets, his mom, his brother, and his dog Carl Sagan—named for his hero, the real-life astronomer. All he wants is to launch his golden iPod into space the way Carl Sagan (the man, not the dog) launched his Golden Record on the Voyager spacecraft in 1977. From Colorado to New Mexico, Las Vegas to L.A., Alex records a journey on his iPod to show other lifeforms what life on earth, his earth, is like. But his destination keeps changing. And the funny, lost, remarkable people he meets along the way can only partially prepare him for the secrets he’ll uncover—from the truth about his long-dead dad to the fact that, for a kid with a troubled mom and a mostly not-around brother, he has way more family than he ever knew.

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This was such a fun read. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I really enjoyed this book a lot.
I really loved the narrative and Alex is such a cool character. His family life is so sad but it was heartbreaking how he didn’t seem to notice how anything was off with his family. He was such a happy kid with his cute dog. I really appreciated how it mentioned within the first few pages that Alex is a POC.
The characters are all amazing and I loved them. Jack Cheng wrote such a fun cast of characters and I think that’s the best part of See You in the Cosmos.
Overall, this was an awesome read and even though it’s Middle Grade, I think everyone can enjoy this book. I definitely recommend this book if you’re looking for an original, fun read with great characters.

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