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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman by Brady Stefani

Genre: Young Adult, Suspense/Thriller
Publisher: SparkPress
Release Date: June 7, 2016

At 15, Courtney Hoffman should be enjoying her teen years. Instead, she lives in fear. She's seeing aliens, as did her grandfather. There's only one reason she could be seeing aliens and hearing/seeing an imaginary friend, and that's that she's becoming crazy like her grandfather. Her mother and her mother's boyfriend will not tolerate her being mentally ill. Courtney's only option is to try to keep what she sees and hears hidden.

When her mother has enough and has Courtney admitted into a psychiatric hospital, Courtney spies her imaginary friend - real and in the flesh. Agatha claims to have visions, and she certainly has a bond with Courtney. Perhaps with Agatha's help, Courtney can finally unravel the truth and find the peace she longs for.

The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman is at times creepy and very engrossing. I liked Courtney's character, though her mother annoyed me. I found myself rooting for Courtney and eventually Agatha as her role and place in the story becomes apparent. The story's pace moves swiftly, and there are a few situations that put a shiver up my spine.

There's a sequel in the works. I found The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman to wrap up nicely, so it will be interesting to see what happens in a second book.

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