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Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them. Handpicked to host the first-ever L'eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she'll have inside information about the mysterious L'eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara's blog following is about to skyrocket. Still, Cara isn't sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L'eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn't seem more alien. She's certain about one thing though: no human boy is this good-looking. But when Cara's classmates get swept up by anti-L'eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn't safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara's locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class. Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn't just her only friend; she's fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life-not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.

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  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 27.94mm | 226.8g
  • Disney Publishing Worldwide
  • New YorkUnited States
  • English
  • 1423170288
  • 9781423170280
  • 7,730

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As one of three high school students chosen to host an alien exchange student from the planet L'eihr, seventeen-year-old Cara must spend the next school year helping her visitor fit in with her family, her friends, and worst, her narrowminded community. L'eihrian Aelyx is not only uneasy about staying with the human Cara and her family, he questions the wisdom of the entire alliance between their two planets, even plotting to join his fellow exchange students in undermining it. Even as their plans to create a rift in human-alien relations go forward, though, Aelyx finds himself increasingly drawn to his hostess. Soon their growing friendship and romance come under attack from those who fear the alien visitors, and by the time Aelyx ditches his plans in hopes of a future with Cara, it may be too late to save any of them, and the Earth itself could be doomed. This emotionally driven, romance-heavy science fiction novel offers a thought-provoking take on a familiar story of integration. Told from the viewpoints of the two young people, the initially separate narrative strands become increasingly intertwined as the two grow closer, and the eventual romance provides plenty of heart-stopping moments. The conflict over human-alien relations follows convention but still manages to raise interesting questions about the value of forcing an alliance between uncooperative parties, and Cara and Aelyx's debates over their differences will give readers plenty of food for thought about a variety of scientific issues. Fans of Douglas' After Eden (BCCB 1/14) or Kaufman and Spooner's These Broken Stars (BCCB 2/14), who like their star-crossed lovers served up with a side of sci-fi, will find this satisfying and relish the possibility of sequels. AM BCCB"

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About Melissa Landers

Melissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn't afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public-just ask her husband and three kids. She lives outside Cincinnati and writes contemporary romance as Macy Beckett. For more information, or just to say hello, visit

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