I really enjoyed this book. I think the bluntness of it, the writing is simplistic, the MC. I can totally relate to Mal except for the being abducted by aliens bit, but his feelings are so easy to relate to and seem genuine. I want to give him a hug and tell him everything will be all right because that's what he needs. I have hope for him and would love to know how his story continues. It's odd that he needs someone not from Earth to get him to realize how he truly feels about his life on Earth. I think it's a realistic look into the life of a teen and the troubles one faces in high school. This book looks into the face of loneliness and allows readers to see it in all its forms. Very touching, very heartwarming and a good read. I'd recommend it to anyone who's lost hope or don't feel like there's anything else to look forward to. Life can be hard but it doesn't have to be.