PERIJEE & ME With friends like th­ese…

SFX - - Reviews - Rhian Drinkwa­ter

re­leased OUT NOW! 208 pages | Pa­per­back/ ebook

Au­thor Ross Mont­gomery

Pub­lisher Faber & Faber In Dis­ney’s Lilo & Stitch, an awk­ward, lonely girl finds friend­ship with a lost alien crea­ture who man­ages to cause havoc. In the sim­i­larly- ti­tled Perijee & Me, an awk­ward, lonely girl finds friend­ship with… well, that’d be telling. But there’s def­i­nitely havoc.

Caitlin is an en­er­getic but lonely child, os­tracised at school and ig­nored by her par­ents. Af­ter a me­teor shower leaves the nearby beaches cov­ered in sealife, she finds a tiny crea­ture which quickly evolves, grows and learns from Caitlin. Con­vinced she’s fi­nally found the com­pan­ion­ship she’s been pin­ing for ( as well as a way to re­con­nect with her sci­en­tist father), Caitlin takes Perijee un­der her wing, be­fore un­wit­tingly un­leash­ing his in­ner mon­ster on the world…

Perijee & Me is of­ten silly in a way young chil­dren are likely to find hys­ter­i­cally funny, but it’s a fine line be­tween silly and an­noy­ing for older read­ers. Caitlin’s a text­book ex­am­ple of a naive nar­ra­tor, and her eter­nal op­ti­mism and ut­ter lack of self- aware­ness quickly grate. By the end, it’s a lovely, touch­ing look at friend­ship… so long as you ig­nore the mil­lions of peo­ple whose lives were de­stroyed. But Caitlin doesn’t re­ally pay at­ten­tion to this, so maybe we’re not meant to ei­ther.

Perijee is named af­ter the point in the Moon’s or­bit when it’s clos­est to the Earth ( though that’s spelt perigee).

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