Moving, Household--Juvenile fiction; Teenagers--Juvenile fiction; Loneliness--Juvenile fiction; Friendship--Juvenile fiction; Mutism, Elective--Juvenile fiction; High school students--Juvenile fiction; High schools--Juvenile fiction
He never speaks, He never makes eye contact. No one has ever touched him. They say he's retarded. Autistic. Strange. His name is Smitty, but everyone calls him "The Alien," and Ginny is intrigued. She's been feeling like an alien in a strange world since she moved here from the West Coast. So Ginny vows to make contact with Smitty. To be his friend.
But still waters run deep. And Smitty is like the ocean. Ginny soon finds herself being sucked under—going out too far. But Smitty is the one who could drown. Because the world he's created is safe from love, from pain, from everything. There's no room for anyone else. At least until Ginny comes along. . . .
Kristen Randle has written a novel about the realities of abuse and growing up that is, at once, stunning, gutsy, lyrical, and saddening—a story not easily forgotten. [from dust jacket]
American Library Association-YA; American Library Association Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.