Publisher: Dial Books
Age Group: Young Adult
11-year-old Alex Petroski loves space and rockets, his mom, his brother, and his dog Carl Sagan—named for his hero, the real-life astronomer. All he wants is to launch his golden iPod into space the way Carl Sagan (the man, not the dog) launched his Golden Record on the Voyager spacecraft in 1977. From Colorado to New Mexico, Las Vegas to L.A., Alex records a journey on his iPod to show other lifeforms what life on earth, his earth, is like. But his destination keeps changing. And the funny, lost, remarkable people he meets along the way can only partially prepare him for the secrets he’ll uncover—from the truth about his long-dead dad to the fact that, for a kid with a troubled mom and a mostly not-around brother, he has way more family than he ever knew.
This was a book that I have had on my shelf for almost a year. It was a book that I just took a chance with. It was a book that I am glad I took a chance with. I started the book and was immediately flying towards the stars and off on an adventure with a boy and his dog.
This was such a beautiful story of an eleven year olds perseverance in accomplishing a dream and making it a reality. An eleven year old who says that he is really thirteen based off what he can already do goes on a journey where people from the most unlikely of places help him find people lost and help discover new family.
Is it bad that I did care a lot more about the whereabouts of his missing dog throughout the story? I haven't decided. Is it bad that when something good happened, I cried? Nah. However, there were a lot of other moments where I smiled, I laughed, I yelled in frustration and I cried some more.
Jack Cheng writes a stellar story about a boy, his dog, new friends, and one big family. Told in a series of "transmissions," this is an adventure you do not want to miss. See You in the Cosmos is a brilliant novel that shows a side of mental health in a way making the overall read more real. Cheng won my heart with just a boy, his dog and one big dream.
I give this book 5 souls!