The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman
by Brady Stefani
Genre: YA Psychological Thriller/Scifi
Release Date: June 7th 2016
Summary from Goodreads:
Fifteen year old Courtney wants to be normal like her friends. But there’s something frighteningly different about her—and it’s not just the mysterious tattoo her conspiracy-obsessed grandfather marked her with before he disappeared. She’s being visited in her bedroom at night by aliens claiming to have shared an alliance with her grandfather. And imaginary or not, they’re starting to to take over her mind. “Mental illness is a slippery slope,” her mother warns her.
The last thing Courtney wants to do is end up crazy and dead like her grandfather did. But what about the tattoo?And the aliens trying to recruit her? With her new alien-savvy friend Agatha and her apocalyptic visions, Courtney begins connecting the dots between the past, present and future—of her bloodline, and the ancient history that surrounds it. Is she going insane, like her family claims her grandfather did, or is she actually a “chosen one” with ancestral connections to another world? Either way, Courtney has a mission: untangle her past, discover the truth, and stop the apocalypse before it’s too late for everyone.
The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman was featured in Redbook Mag! Check it out HERE!
A must read sci-fi book.”
– Hypable, Hypable.com fandom reviews
“A wild ride through portals to other worlds… This debut novel fuses a serious issue—the stigma of mental illness—with sci-fi to chronicle a girl’s unusual coming of age.”
– Kirkus Review
“This novel has a breakneck pace and Stefani’s writing is fluid and perfectly suited to this most extraordinary tale that blends coming of age, adventure, science fiction, and post-apocalyptic genres— and it all works beautifully.”
– Readers’ Favorite, Five Stars
“As the father of two teenage girls, I can tell you that Brady Stefani must have some sort of supernatural helmet that helps him think and write in their language. But The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman is much more than a novel for teens. This fast-paced adventure kept my attention, blazing back-and-forth from reality to an alter-world so close by that it’s creepy. Here’s a page-turner that captures a lot about childhood struggles through an imaginative story filled with surprises.”
-Jim Schaefer, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and writer for the Detroit Free Press
“Stefani’s The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman is a thought-provoking and emotional journey through a young girl’s mind as she struggles to understand who she is, where she came from, and who she is supposed to be—all while deciphering between reality and the tricks our minds can sometimes play on us. Stefani beautifully demonstrates how difficult life can be for anyone who thinks or acts a little differently, and reminds us that, more often than not, the things that terrify us the most are the things trying to save us.”
-Jessica Stevens, author of Within Reach
“Come over here and look out the window with me,” Dr. Delmar said.
Shit. I stood up and walked over next to him. There was no plate of glass, or even a screen, in the window. Just old metal bars across an opening to the outside.
He gazed up at the sky. “It’s astonishing, isn’t it?” I felt his hand on the back of my neck. “Two universes right outside our window: ours and the aliens’. Two worlds conjoined in time and space, yet each completely undetectable by the other. It’s mind-boggling to think about, isn’t it?”
“More like creepy.” I glanced down at the floor. “To me, anyway.”
His breathing got heavier, and I could smell stale coffee on his breath.
“You’re a bloodliner, Courtney. I’m just a humble servant of science. Tell me, how is it that for thousands of years the bloodliners have allowed their alien brethren full access to our universe, yet the human race still knows nothing of their world?” The veins were protruding from his forehead now.
I shrugged, and I felt the weight of his hand encircling my neck. “I just found out aliens were real the other day, from you, I swear.” It was hard to think with his thumb resting against my throat.
“I’ll tell you why we know nothing of the aliens’ universe, or their species, or their philosophies, or their biological makeup, or their technology or plans.” He pulled me by the neck, forcing me to shuffle my feet over so we were standing shoulder to shoulder. His thumb tightened against my throat as he spoke. “It’s because the Magi stand around with their hands in their holy pockets and let the aliens travel freely between the two universes, and yet they ask for nothing from them in return!”
“You’re hurting me, Dr. Delmar.”
He let go of my neck and pushed his glasses back on, then wiped his hands on his sweater, over and over, like he was embarrassed. “You still don’t get it. No one does.” He pulled off his glasses again, tried to clean them on his scratchy sweater. “There’s an entire alien universe out there, filled with incredible species and unimaginable civilizations. Yet the Magi treat it like some sacred mystery instead of the invaluable source of scientific knowledge and technological advances that it is!”
“I get your frustration. I do,” I said.
“Do you?” Dr. Delmar banged a fist against the window bars, and I flinched. Little pieces of cement fell from around the window to the floor.
“Do you hear me out there?” he yelled through the metal bars, his voice going up in pitch. “We’re coming for you!”
Oh man! He’s officially crazy! I slid along the wall away from the window.
Catching sight of my movement, Dr. Delmar pivoted toward me, his eyes flashing wildly. “You’re trying to escape?”
About the Author
Brady G. Stefani has a bachelor’s degree in creative writing, and a graduate degree in law. During law school, he spent time as an involuntary commitment caseworker for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, where he interacted with patients suffering from severe thought disorders, including numerous patients presenting with subjectively real memories of being visited and abducted by alien beings (commonly referred to as alien abduction phenomenon). It was through his study of these patients, along with his own struggles with anxiety and cognition, that Stefani became aware of just how deceiving, mysterious, and powerfully resilient, the human mind can be.
In an effort to provide awareness of mental suffering, and spread hope to all those touched by it, Stefani is focused on writing YA novels that explore the experience of being different and the other-worldly places our boundary-less imaginations can take us. Alienation is his first novel. But with two works currently in progress, the journey has just begun.
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