It’s my turn to tell you about Jordie and Joey, two boys who might or might not be aliens, as part of the booktour organised by TBR and Beyond Tours. There are great posts all around for this tour, so be sure to check them out!
Genre: Middle Grade Contemporary
Publishing date: April 19th, 2022
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Twin brothers Jordie and Joey have never met their parents. Maybe it’s because they aren’t from this planet?
When another kid at school tried to force Jordie to show him the “crop circles” on his back that prove he’s an alien, it was Joey who took the kid to the ground. And when the twins got kicked out of their foster home because Joey kissed the other boy who lived there, it was Jordie who told him everything would be okay. And as long as Jordie and Joey are together, it will be. But when the principal calls their current foster mother about a fight at school, the boys know she’ll be done with them. And, from spying in their file, they also know they’re going to be separated. Determined to face the world side by side rather than without one another, Jordie and Joey set off to find their birth parents. From Arizona to Roswell to Area 51 in the Nevada desert, the twins begin a search for where they truly belong. But Jordie’s about to discover that family isn’t always about the ones who bring you into the world, but the ones who help you survive it.
TL;DR: A nice book about brotherhood, family, friendship and belonging wrapped into a roadtrip. I liked the themes and felt a lot of feelings. The pacing seemed to be a bit off which made it a bit hard to read, though.
Jordie and Joey are twins who came into this world in a rather peculiar way, as far as they know. Left in a cornfield with weird markings on their backs, the two of them have been sent from foster family to foster family. After a fight at school, it’s clear that it’s time for them to move on again, but this time they find, to Jordie’s shock, that they are supposed to be separated.
The book is narrated by Jordie and I quite liked him. He really, really believes that he and his brother might not have human parents and that they have to go look elsewhere to find them. He loves his brother and depends on him. Jordie is the more timid of the two and seems to be a little codependend. Joey is the more assertive one, taking care of things, getting into fights if needed. To me he felt less than a twin and more like an older brother. I didn’t like him quite as much but I guess that’s just preference.
In total I did like Jordie and Joey’s relationship. I always like a good sibling relationship and I that was what I got. They are growing together over the course of the book but also as individuals. I quite liked that.
While I only know the horror stories from the internet, I felt like I got a better look into the American Foster System. It’s certainly not all cupcakes and rainbows. There is a lot wrong with it but still I found it interesting to take a look behind the curtain.
The plot itself was rather well thought out. Jordie and Joey are travelling Nadia to different Alien hotspots to try and find out more about their parents. It is adventurous and dangerous at times. They learn things about themselves and about other people with different backgrounds as well. I quite liked that aspect of the story. There was a side-story too that made me feel rather sad and I might have cried a few tears. Might.
What bugged me about this book was the pacing. It just seemed off for me and made it hard at times to really stick with the book, I’m sad to say. I put it down many times and had trouble to pick it up again.
In the end, I liked the themes of the book but was not sure about the pacing. It made it hard to stick with the book which was a shame.
Judi Lauren was born in the Midwest and misses those winters. She now resides in an area where the bugs are way too large. She has an unnatural obsession with Chicago, Dean Winchester, and Friends (the TV show.) Judi is represented by Heather Cashman of Storm Literary Agency, where she writes books for kids and teens about family, friendship, and surviving impossible things. In her spare time, she also works as an editor at Radish Fiction. You can connect with her on Instagram @judilauren.
This sounds like it has a great sibling relationship in it, but I can understand that pacing issues can be a real problem when it comes to book enjoyment. We do need more books with good sibling relationships, though. I always love finding them!
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