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Jennifer Chan Is Not Alone (2022)

por Tae Keller

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"Mallory Moss knows the rules of middle school. The most important one? You have to fit in to survive. But then Jennifer Chan moves in across the street, and that rule doesn't seem to apply. Jennifer doesn't care about the laws of middle school ... Then Jennifer goes missing. Using clues from Jennifer's journals, Mallory goes searching. But the closer she gets, the more Mallory has to confront why Jennifer might have run ... and face the truth within herself"--… (mais)
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Separated in chapters then and now, Mallory talks about her actions related to Jennifer Chan, a new girl in town who believes in aliens. Mallory is friends with two girls who are mean girls, bullies. And she participates in The Incident, something she has shame about and deeply regrets.
She asks Kath and Ingrid to get involved and help her in her search for Jennifer Chan. ( )
  ewyatt | Dec 28, 2023 |
Despite what the title implies, Jennifer Chan is not the focus of this book. Except, of course, that it’s all about her. But Jennifer isn’t the protagonist; that’s 12-year-old Mallory Moss, who narrates the story for the reader. Mallory lives across the street from Jennifer Chan, the new girl in town who somehow already has rumors swirling all about her, despite no one in their school having met her yet. Mallory is intrigued by Jennifer’s confidence and her quest to find extraterrestrial life, but not enough to gamble her social capital on it. For Mallory is one of the popular girls at school, and she doesn’t want to risk that, especially because she tends to have a lot of anxiety in general. When Jennifer goes missing right after something Mallory calls “the Incident” and many suspect she has run away, Mallory is convinced that Jennifer must have found evidence of extraterrestrial life, and now Mallory must also track down and contact the aliens to find Jennifer. Because if the aliens didn’t take Jennifer, then there’s a very real possibility that Mallory has to face her own conscience and decide if Jennifer’s actions are a result of her own.

This book is very interesting and engaging, pulling the reader into its world immediately and taking hold. Being written by Tae Keller, the book is unsurprisingly full of absolutely beautiful prose. I love how Keller makes the theme of each of her books a recurring motif in the writing style, without being too hamfisted about it. Here, metaphors about space sneak their way into all kinds of situations and thoughts. For instance, when Mallory and her schoolmates try to signal aliens through a radio station, she narrates, “We wait. These minutes last so long you could stuff entire galaxies into them.” There’s tons of little moments like this, and they all feel so organic and perfect. While the book is mostly taking place in the here and now, some chapters alternate to the recent past of Jennifer’s introduction to the neighborhood and school, with little bits of Mallory’s role being revealed each time. These build tension up surrounding the mysterious “Incident.” Occasionally interspersed between the chapters are short entries from Jennifer’s notebooks full of observations about aliens, the universe, and her own family dynamics.

As much as this book is about aliens on the surface level, it is firmly rooted in the realistic fiction genre and is much more a testament about personal character development than anything else. Mallory is torn between wanting to be popular, wanting to be good, and trying to understand who in her life is trustworthy and truly kind. It’s a story about the search for one’s identity that just so happens to be couched in a story about the search for extraterrestrial life. Consider another piece of Mallory’s narration: “... I climb out my window again, just to look up at that infinite sky. Why would aliens come so far, just for us? If they’re not planning to interfere, what are they looking for? What are they trying to learn? I imagine them asking questions I don’t know how to answer. How are you? Who are you? Who do you think you are?” These italicized questions are central ones that Mallory, and by extension the reader, are trying to answer.

I appreciated that while there are certainly lessons to be learned here about being yourself, standing up against bullying, and so on, Keller doesn’t provide easy answers or moralistic one-liners. She reflects the reality of life in all its complexities, including that a person could be a supportive friend to one person but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are a good person all around. The book itself reads pretty quickly because of the beautiful writing and the compelling story, but you’ll be left with plenty to chew over and think about when you’re done reading it.

All of this is made that much more poignant by reading the Author’s Note at the end of the book, in which Keller reveals that she was much like the Jennifer character in school, being bullied by classmates and so-called friends. She goes on to explain how she processed and dealt with her own “Incident” well in adulthood, and reconnected with her former bullies to discover how they had grown since then. ( )
  sweetiegherkin | Oct 7, 2023 |
From the day Mallory Moss meets her new neighbor Jennifer Chan, she knows there's going to be social trouble when school begins in the fall. Mallory is best friends with Reagan and Tess, and Jennifer - with her self-confidence, belief in aliens (and research notebooks of evidence), and capoeira - is not going to fit in. Mallory takes part in a bullying incident with Reagan and Tess, and soon afterward, Jennifer disappears. Has she found the aliens at last (or have they found her), or did Mallory's actions cause her to run away? Mallory joins forces with former friend Ingrid and Ingrid's friend Kath, members of the science club, to find Jennifer and make amends.

See also: The Shape of Thunder by Jasmine Warga, The Insiders by Mark Oshiro, Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina, Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

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In Nowheresville, someone's always saying something, and nobody knows what's real. But the truth doesn't always matter. Sometimes the idea of someone, the things people say about them , matters so much more. Because when you think about it, isn't that who we really are - a collection of the things people think about us? (14)

"Most people run from the truth. But I run toward it. I'm going to make history. I'm going to change the world." (Jennifer to Mallory, 28)

For whatever reason, the universe decided that I had to worry, all the time, about how things looked and what people thought, and Jennifer just...didn't. (40)

"I think you're trying to do the right thing. And when people are trying to do the right thing, it's probably the right thing to help them, right?" (Kath, 74)

For the first time, I wonder if my friends are good people. And I wonder if I am. (86)

It's hard to do it alone, of course, because the world is easier with someone who gets you. (Jennifer's journal 93)

A weird thing happens when you see something with your own eyes and then you hear about it later. It's like your reality merges with the rumors, and you aren't sure what's real anymore. You can't trust your own memory.
But here's what I remember:..." (107)

"Maybe it's more complicated than knowing the right thing. Maybe people are just trying to balance helping other people and keeping themselves safe." (Mal to Kath, 123)

Maybe I am someone new, someone fearless. And maybe I don't need anyone else to see that in me. Maybe it's enough to see it in myself." (153)

And then I wonder: How many followers does it take to make a leader? And what if someone decided not to follow? (163)

How much difference can one human possibly make? (182)

A weird thing happens when you see something with your own eyes - when you participate, when you do something wrong - and nobody ever talks about it again. The less you hear about it, the more you tell yourself it never happened at all. You can shove reality into the shadows of your mind, so it's always lurking but never fully present. You're afraid of your own memory. You're afraid to believe it. (223)

"You have to be kind enough to forgive yourself when you make mistakes. You have to trust yourself to fix them." (Mom to Mal, 229)

Why are people afraid to believe? Maybe it's because if they believe in a better world, then they have to work to make that world happen. (250) ( )
  JennyArch | Feb 4, 2023 |
As part of the Lone Star marathon of reading, Jennifer Chan is Not Alone is a Lone Star 2023 novel. This novel has a didactic quality--it's really about how we treat each other, for our novel revolves around some mean girls.

Jennifer Chan moves to town and across the street is our main character, Mallory, part of the "it" crowd. Mallory's mom makes her go over to meet Jennifer when her family moves in. Mallory always worries about what others will think. Is Jennifer cool enough? Most importantly, what will people think if Mallory is seen with Jennifer? So many people spend their time wondering what other people think about them. It's almost ego-centric how much we think others have time to stare at us. Granted, middle school provides lots of food for people who enjoy being mean and gossip. Mallory finds herself liking Jennifer. Mallory's best friend is out of town, so she spends time with her, but she knows that Jennifer will not do well in school. Mallory's friends will torture her. Why? Because Jennifer believes in aliens. Yes, you read that correctly.

When school begins, Jennifer is treated as badly as Mal suspects she would be. Mal even joins in a bit, after all, she must stay in her clique. The novel begins with a cell phone buzzing. Soon everyone sees it: Jennifer is missing. What happened to her? Mallory and her friends (mean girls) worry they'll get in trouble because of the Incident with Jennifer. It'll be a while before you discover what happened. The rest of the novel is Mallory's inner turmoil over who she is. Did she really cause someone to leave? You meet the various kids at school and discover what is being done for Jennifer.

I did enjoy the novel--it'll make middle school girls look in the mirror and maybe realize that they, themselves, are mean girls and may need new friends! it's a little repetitive with the same lesson being stated over and over. There were many sentences I wanted to write down--many about oneself's identity and one's ability to be a good person--because they stated a truth so well. The ending is a little anti-climatic, but you also see so many characters' true selves. The book want you to ask--who am I? That's what you need to answer. It's a good book--I liked it much better than her other novel because this one is so realistic as far as middle school friendships go (not the aliens). Give it a go! ( )
  acargile | Dec 4, 2022 |
When Mallory's neighbor goes missing, Mallory is overwhelmed with guilt. Did Jennifer run away because of The Incident? Mallory and her friends may have been . . . not very nice to Jennifer. Mallory knows that Jennifer is obsessed with aliens, convinced that they are not only out there, but altruistic and seeking to make contact. Did she finally find a way to connect with the extraterrestrials? Or did something really bad happen to her? If Mallory can find out, maybe it will make up for some of the bad things that she has done.

There's a lot of good stuff going on here about peer pressure and bullying and whether people can change. The alien plotline is just ambiguous enough to keep readers wondering if maybe they really are the answer to Jennifer's disappearance. The author writes from her own experience of being bullied as a child, and later reaching out to her former bullies to see why they behaved the way they did. I thought that a few things were a little too tidy, and I also thought that some of Jennifer's diary entries were too polished to be entirely believable, but those are minor quibbles. Over all, I enjoyed this very much. ( )
  foggidawn | Nov 14, 2022 |
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Jennifer wrote something in her notebooks—how when people are abducted, they don't run. They stand right in front of the UAP, and they can't escape, not even if they wanted to.

I think I get that. Getting abducted by aliens must feel kind of…nice. Kind of like the aliens picked you. And how cool and amazing and out of this world is that? To feel like someone incredible wants to be with you. They saw you and thought you were worth something.

Maybe, before that, you didn't think you were worth anything at all—until someone leaned forward during PE, and whispered, Follow me. I have a plan. And maybe that's the biggest thing that ever happened to you, to be seen, to be picked, to be understood and accepted.

Or at least—that's how I imagine it might feel. It's just a theory.
Why are people afraid to believe? Maybe it's because if they believe in a better world, then they have to work to make that world happen.
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