The Half-Life of Planets by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin
Liana is an aspiring planetary scientist . . . and also a kissing addict. This summer, though, she plans to spend every kissworthy hour in the lab, studying stars. Hank has never been kissed. He's smart and funny and very socially awkward, because he's got Asperger's syndrome. Hank's plan for the summer is to work at a music store and save enough to buy the Fender Jazzmaster he craves. What neither Liana nor Hank plans for is their fateful meeting . . . in the women's bathroom at the hospital. But their star-crossed encounter could be the very best kind. Two veteran YA authors tell, in alternating chapters, the story of two kids who discover that the best parts of people can't be summed up easily.
Doesn’t this sound like such a cute read? I think so! After reading Tara Kelly's Harmonic Feedback, I've been on a quest to read more books dealing with Asperser’s syndrome because it's an interesting topic, so I'm glad to see The Half-Life of Planets includes it. Plus the premise sounds intriguing and I've heard great, great things about both of these authors, so it'll be exciting to see them collaborate. My only complaint would be the cover, which seems very retro looking in my opinion, but whatever. You can't always get what you want. ;)
The Half-Life of Planets will be out June 15, 2010.