Eight Days on Planet Earth by Cat Jordan

Eight Days on Planet Earth

How long does it take to travel 13 light-years to Earth?How long does it take to fall in love?To the universe, eight days is a mere blip—but to Matty Jones, it may be just enough time to change his life.On the hot summer day Matty’s dad leaves for good, a strange girl suddenly appears in the empty field next to the Jones farm—the very field in rural Pennsylvania where a sp...

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Eight Days on Planet Earth Reviews

  • Madison

    Eight Days on Planet Earth is a down-to-earth yet otherworldly novel - magical, funny, and a little heartbreaking.

    Matty Jones has grown up knowing the field he lives next to is a little different. Matty's father claims that a spaceship landed there on the night he was born. But Matty's father has since run off with his brother's sister, leaving Matty and his mother alone, so Matty isn't all that inclined to listen to what his father believes. When a strange girl suddenly appears in Matty's field

    Eight Days on Planet Earth is a down-to-earth yet otherworldly novel - magical, funny, and a little heartbreaking.

    Matty Jones has grown up knowing the field he lives next to is a little different. Matty's father claims that a spaceship landed there on the night he was born. But Matty's father has since run off with his brother's sister, leaving Matty and his mother alone, so Matty isn't all that inclined to listen to what his father believes. When a strange girl suddenly appears in Matty's field claiming to be from another planet, waiting to be collected by a spaceship, Matty knows it can't be true. But there is something so ethereal about Priya that she starts to change Matty's view on life, the universe and, maybe, even love.

    It wasn't until I reached the very end of this book that I actually started to understand it. For most of this story I really, truly expected a spaceship to land in Matty's field and collect the celestial Priya. But this book is actually a contemporary novel - real life, real-world issues. It is just like it claims in the synopsis - it's about life, the universe, and love. The ending of this book is beautiful. The surprise twist really took my breath away. I didn't see it coming, and it changed everything about how I viewed this book, the characters, and their actions. The surprise is perhaps the best part, though, so I won't say more.

    Eight Days on Planet Earth is a surprisingly touching book. Matty is struggling with his father's sudden departure, yet he feels that it's best that his father has gone, that he and his mother will be better off without him and his crazy ideas. Meeting Priya returns Matty to the dreams of his childhood, time spent stargazing with his father and talking about planets far, far away. Matty is also mourning the lost possibility of a relationship with his long-term crush. Again, meeting Priya changes the way Matty views himself. He certainly doesn't expect to fall in love with the strange and crazy girl who turns up in his field. The book is written from Matty's perspective across eight strange and life-changing days, which enables the reader to burrow into Matty's head and heart.

    Eights Days On Planet Earth wasn't what I was expecting, but instead was a delightful and moving surprise. It is perfect for readers who enjoy contemporary novels about romance, family breakdown, self-discovery, tearjerkers and that something special that is just a little otherworldly.

    The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.

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  • Sarah

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

    This was a YA contemporary story, about a boy who discovered a girl in a field who claimed to be an alien.

    Matty was a good person, and it was nice the way he tried to help Priya. It was also nice that as he got to know her better, he started to believe her more, even when her story lacked credibility.

    The storyline in this was about Matty discovering a gorgeous girl in the field by his house. She claimed to

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

    This was a YA contemporary story, about a boy who discovered a girl in a field who claimed to be an alien.

    Matty was a good person, and it was nice the way he tried to help Priya. It was also nice that as he got to know her better, he started to believe her more, even when her story lacked credibility.

    The storyline in this was about Matty discovering a gorgeous girl in the field by his house. She claimed to be an alien who was waiting for a lift home, and Matty didn’t really believe her. We then had 7 days of Matty and Priya getting to know each other better, and Matty finally started to believe what she had been telling him.

    The ending to this was quite sad really.

    7 out of 10

  • Avery

    Loved it! Such a great ending. A lot of surprising twists, but I felt all of the scenes were loyal to the plot. There wasn't a single thing I didn't love about it, which is rare for me. So great!

  • Vicky Who Reads

    This book is 

    you guys (as well as tragically heartbreaking)! For you science fiction & contemporary romance lovers out there, I'm sure you're going to love this as much as I did.

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    Eight Days on Planet Earth revolves around teenage boy, Matty, whose dad, a UFO and space conspiracy blogger, has left Matty and his mom for his brother's considerably younger wife.

    Matty's life just took a huge turn, but with

    This book is 

    you guys (as well as tragically heartbreaking)! For you science fiction & contemporary romance lovers out there, I'm sure you're going to love this as much as I did.

    Check!

    Check!

    Check, check, check!

    Eight Days on Planet Earth revolves around teenage boy, Matty, whose dad, a UFO and space conspiracy blogger, has left Matty and his mom for his brother's considerably younger wife.

    Matty's life just took a huge turn, but with the addition of a strange, white haired girl claiming to be from a foreign planet waiting for her spaceship to pick her up in the field behind his house, Matty isn't sure what he should do.

    Matty doesn't believe her, but he starts to believe Priya's claims aren't complete lunacy. With this, he'll change not only his feelings, but his belief, his values, and the way he looks at life.

    Cat Jordan's novel is a heart-wrenching story of Matty's journey as he learns more about himself and what it means to believe.

    This novel was so moving.

    At first I had a few reservations, there were bits and pieces in the beginning that I was iffy about and wasn't sure how they were going to work with the grand scheme of the novel.

    I found the exposition and the first third to be kind of slow, plot and pacing wise. But I absolutely 

    through the rest of the eBook.

    But the ending completely tore me apart. I can't spoil anything, but the way the foreshadowing built up to that ending was executed 

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    I didn't see it coming until near the actual reveal, but all of the hints Jordan left us just accumulated into one big bang at the end where my heart was ripped from my chest and crushed.

    Jordan's foreshadowing was done in such a skillful manner. It not only helped the buildup, but also just made it a much better experience for the reader instead of just show-and-tell.

    I absolutely adored the ending and how much the novel made us think and feel. Matty changes a lot as a character--in the beginning you see him smoking pot and being a regular, listless teenage boy in another Podunk town. But he changes so much over the course of the novel and seeing it parallel Priya's arrival was extremely satisfying.

    Matty's character was created and developed really well--he seemed like a realistic teenage boy (I'm not a teenage boy so I wouldn't know for certain, but he's what I imagine a teenage boy would be). Although he wants to act tough on the outside, his father's leaving is still going to hurt anyone, no matter how much they don't want to admit it.

    Besides the pacing, part of what contributed to be taking off a half star was Matty's thoughts and feelings at the beginning. They seemed almost 

    cookie cutter to me, and I feel like Matty as a character in the beginning of the novel was not as genuine as a person, or Jordan didn't reveal enough of his multiple dimensionality.

    He definitely rounded out as the plot progressed, but I found him to be a little too flat in the start.

    The plot was a little unrealistic in a few places, but I found it endearing as it was mostly used as a device to fuel Matty's character development.

    As I'm not too keen on teenage romances, I was pretty apathetic to the romance aspect. I did find it a tad insta-lovey, but I also look at romance in YA novels to be character & plot devices rather than actual romances. But I do think it was executed better than many other YA romances.

    One of my favorite parts of this novel was all the messages in it. I liked how Jordan portrayed Matty's relationship with his dad. It was done in a mature way that wasn't like what some teens would have reacted with (overreacting and jumping to conclusions) but also wasn't overly adult that it'd be silly to think most teenagers would act so rationally. Jordan found a really nice balance when approaching the topic of parents and reconciling.

    Besides the more tangible messages, the ones about life and death and love were so profound and left me thinking about it for nights. I don't want to go too into depth about this and risk spoiling the ending, but the messages in this novel were delightfully profound.

    Cat Jordan's Eight Days on Planet Earth was a surprisingly moving novel which I cannot wait to see in bookstores on November 7th. You can preorder it now or find it in any major bookseller on November 7th!

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  • Dani (Dani Reviews Things)

    Reading the blurb, I thought the book was going to be science fiction, given how Matty meets an alien. But regardless of who or what Priya is, this really was more of a contemporary, mainly delving into Matty's life, particularly his family and how he and his mom feel about his dad leaving them the day the book starts. Priya was more a side story for a lot of it, her curiosity about Matty's world a catalyst for Matty to really

    Reading the blurb, I thought the book was going to be science fiction, given how Matty meets an alien. But regardless of who or what Priya is, this really was more of a contemporary, mainly delving into Matty's life, particularly his family and how he and his mom feel about his dad leaving them the day the book starts. Priya was more a side story for a lot of it, her curiosity about Matty's world a catalyst for Matty to really examine the world himself.

    It was hard for me to read about Matty's dad, especially from Matty's perspective. It hit quite close to home, finding out his dad wasn't the man he'd thought he was as a child. More than anything else in the book, it was this that hurt me the most. But I appreciate how Jordan slowly revealed more and more through quick flashbacks into Matty's childhood. These snapshots did wonders in showing who Matty was as a person, as well as how the relationships with each of his parents developed.

    I have some mixed feeling about the pacing. On the one hand, it felt oddly slow given the book only needs to cover eight days. But then it did need to really develop the present-day characters and plot over those eight days. The story was also slowed down by the flashbacks and Matty's internal thoughts, but again, it needed to do that because really, the whole story was more about the past than the present. So despite the short timespan of the present-day, this wasn't a fast-paced story filled with action. It was a slower, deeper exploration into a teenage boy's mind during the summer before his senior year of high school.

    Despite the slowness, I felt like I sunk into this story, as if it had its own strange gravity that sucked me in. And at the end, the black hole of the book spit me out feeling heavier than ever. What a journey.

     

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  • Mrs.Heather Lassley

    What a wonderful book! I would have prefered to not have the talk about "smoking joints" because it did not progress the story at all. But other than that, it was a really good story.

  • Chloe ♥ (Blushing Bibliophile)

    I received a review copy of Eight Days on Planet Earth from YA Bound Book Tours through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review :D

    I remember signing up for this blog tour back in August? September? I can't remember, lol. The book cover's really pretty and that's the reason why I signed up. Oh my goodness I'm so shallow. (But I'm pretty sure non-book-cover-judgers are an extinct species.)

    Then a few days ago I received an email from Edelweiss - my request got approved! I planned to do

    I received a review copy of Eight Days on Planet Earth from YA Bound Book Tours through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review :D

    I remember signing up for this blog tour back in August? September? I can't remember, lol. The book cover's really pretty and that's the reason why I signed up. Oh my goodness I'm so shallow. (But I'm pretty sure non-book-cover-judgers are an extinct species.)

    Then a few days ago I received an email from Edelweiss - my request got approved! I planned to download it when I got home, but I forgot #whoops THEN THE NEXT DAY I GOT ANOTHER EMAIL FROM EDELWEISS, SAYING THAT MY REQUEST HAS BEEN DENIED??? I was super confused. My request got approved the day before, but I couldn't access it.

    After that I sent an email to the blog tour organizer. I was so frustrated because I didn't know how to type a professional email. I slammed down on my keyboard, typing "HELP MEEEE". Actually, I was planning to delete the "HELP MEEE" part after I calmed down, but then my classmate pressed the "send" button before I deleted it! I was so angry 😂😂

    Moral of the story: Don't let your classmate touch your laptop.

    That cover is an effing masterpiece. I love the dark purplish starry background and the silhouettes! Also how cute is that curly brush font? 😍😍

    Now let's talk about the content of the book, shall we?

    Eight Days on Planet Earth is a book about love, stargazing and outer space. Aaaaahh. My Love from the Star feels.

    (Actually, no. I haven't watched that K-Drama. My sister binge watched it last month and finished it in a few days. But I don't think it's something I would love. Soo yeahhhh I still haven't watched it.)

    I found it so cool that Matty lives next to a field. And it's not just a normal field - but a space field! Rumor has it a spaceship crashed there. Matty used to do a lot of stargazing and it's really interesting to read about. I don't know much about telescopes and stargazing (I joined Astronomy Club this year because my friends asked me to) and I learnt a lot reading about it. My school's Astronomy Club will be organizing a stargazing camp soon, and I am really looking forward to going!

    I believe in aliens. Surely we're not the only ones living in this great big universe!

    I love Priya so much. She's so beautiful and pure and aaaahh I love how she writes notes about life on earth in a notebook! She has a very unique style - white wig + tutu and she is so weird in a very nice way! At the end, it wasn't really revealed if she's really an alien or just a patient with terminal illness though, and ughh it left me wanting more! (That's exactly how I felt when reading We Were Liars - I didn't know if Cadence went mad or if she's dead. I hate it when authors don't tell me all the details! I have no idea what to think lol.)

    I'm not sure if I like the romance between Matty and Priya. I mean, Priya seems clueless. I don't think she knows what a kiss is for. Okay, Matty's the one who told her what a kiss is, and that it means you love someone, but Priya still seems kind of confused. She kisses Matty because she likes the feeling. I'm not sure if it really means she loves him back. Also it has been eight days only and they've already had sex??? And the biggest problem is - Matty doesn't think that having sex with an alien is 1. weird and 2. can bring potential danger to humankind. They are really sweet and all, but I think the whole thing's kind of rushed (which I totally understand. If you name the book Three Hundred Days on Planet Earth it doesn't really sound that good.)

    This is such a great book. I recommend it to fans of contemporary romance and anything space-related. It's magical. It's sad. It's beautiful. You'll love it.

  • Lynndell

    Eight Days on Planet Earth by Cat Jordan opens with Matthew relaxed and enjoying the summer break. Matthew is a normal, laid back teenager with a crush on his best friend’s older sister and a broken relationship with his own father. He sees a girl alone in the field by his house and wonders why she’s alone. He talks to her and she claims to be an alien from another planet, waiting for her ride home. They become friends and a large part of each other’s lives in a short amount of time. The twist i

    Eight Days on Planet Earth by Cat Jordan opens with Matthew relaxed and enjoying the summer break. Matthew is a normal, laid back teenager with a crush on his best friend’s older sister and a broken relationship with his own father. He sees a girl alone in the field by his house and wonders why she’s alone. He talks to her and she claims to be an alien from another planet, waiting for her ride home. They become friends and a large part of each other’s lives in a short amount of time. The twist in the story surprised me but brought great depth to this book and brought the realization of true faith to the forefront. 4 stars for this young adult book!

  • Veronica of V's Reads

    Matty Jones is a high school junior on summer break when two things happen on the same day: his unemployed UFO conspiracy-theorist father walks out, and a strange girl claiming to be an alien appears in the fallow field on his family's defunct farm. Matty's furious with his dad, a man who'd been slipping away from his responsibilities for years. His mother is devastated, but Matty had seen this coming.

    Matty had grown up knowing that his dad was big into space and UFOs. It was local legend that a

    Matty Jones is a high school junior on summer break when two things happen on the same day: his unemployed UFO conspiracy-theorist father walks out, and a strange girl claiming to be an alien appears in the fallow field on his family's defunct farm. Matty's furious with his dad, a man who'd been slipping away from his responsibilities for years. His mother is devastated, but Matty had seen this coming.

    Matty had grown up knowing that his dad was big into space and UFOs. It was local legend that an alien aircraft landed in their field on the night his father was born--but the government washed away the evidence. Still, Matty and his dad spent ages outside on the their twin telescopes searching the night skies for something out there. His dad blogged, and over the past few years the tenor of the blog had shifted from informative to conspiracy-oriented. Along with this, his dad pulled away from Matty and his mom--even going so far as to have affairs with some of his ardent blog followers. Matty thinks good riddance to his slacker dad, and is frustrated that his mom even harbors any hope he'll return.

    Meanwhile Priya, the "alien" in his field, is busy collecting data about Earth. Her home planet, she reveals, is deep in the Libra constellation, and Matty's too lonely and downhearted to simply brush her off. He wants to believe that Priya is a confused girl who'll move on soon--like all the other UFO lunatics his father had ginned up over the years. But, there's clearly something wrong with Priya--she is dressed bizarrely--in a tutu and wearing a platinum wig over her dark hair--and has trouble with balance that she ascribes to differences in Earth's gravity. She can read Matty's thoughts, and it unsettles him. She also struggles with language, and he thinks maybe she's from a different country, completely discounting the notion that she's possibly an alien.

    She's still in his field the next day, and the next, and the more time Matty spends with her, the more he wants to be near her, even as she resurrects good memories of time spent with his dad. The conflict is real for Matty, but so is the compassion. He and Priya share some intimacy over this time, each night watching the skies for her ship to arrive and whisk her back through the wormhole to her planet.

    Matty's friends draw attention to Priya's weirdness, and it leads to the big crisis and reveal of Priya for exactly who she is. It's a good and honest twist, that breaks Matty' s heart while at the same time restoring the abandoned bond between himself and his father. Though that makes it sound a lot more complicated than it is. At it's core, this is a story about a boy falling for people who leave him behind, and learning how to deal with that. Matty is a strong character, a good guy who felt real. He's not perfect; he's a slacker like his dad, and plans to spend his summer riding dirt bikes, visiting the beach and getting high with his best friend. His encounters with Priya open his eyes to the wonder of his mundane life, and foster a new sense of purpose that he may, or may not, pursue.

    The truth of it is, there are mysteries in this world that can't be explained completely, and must be taken on faith. Gravity, Priya asserted, was one of those. Love, as Matty learned, was another. It's a sweet book, with a heart-tugging resolution that fans of YA will really enjoy.

  • Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)

    This is a surprisingly quick, fun and heart-warming read. The plot twist is amazing and very unexpected!!

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