Once Upon a Bookshelf – See You in the Cosmos

See You in the CosmosSee You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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. His current project involves documenting his life on Earth so he can launch his voice recordings into space with the hopes that an alien life form will find it. With his story starting in Colorado and moving to New Mexico, trekking to Los Angeles and finally ending up back home, he meets new friends and learns new things about the world and himself.


What I love about this book is that it is so much more than an adventure story. Sure, Alex travels by himself and builds a super cool rocket with hopes of it making it to space – that’s quite an adventure by itself. But it also showed that an adventure can lead you to so much more. While he doesn’t know it at first, his trip leads him to uncover the truth about his dad that he thought was dead and meeting his half-sister. It started out as an attempt to share his story with people outside of this world and ended with him learning even more about his own story.

All along, I was worried about Alex. With how his mother is described, I knew that she was battling some type of depression and whether or not Alex actually knew that was heartbreaking. With a kids with as much spunk as Alex and such big dreams, it makes it impossible not to root for him and hope that everything turns out. I was so emotionally involved in this story that I couldn’t even think about what would have happened if things didn’t work out like I wanted them to (you know, when you know what needs to happen better than the author does).

Something that drew me to this book was the title, though. As a amateur astronomer myself, there was no way that I could pass this book up. Seeing a kid that is only 11 and with such a deep interest in something so vast and unknown as the universe made me believe that there is hope for the future. If Alex can be so focused on his life on Earth and learning about people outside of it, the world has nowhere to go but up.

I rated this book 5/5

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April 23rd. I love it.

So sorry I missed last week friends, but I’m back and there’s a lot to love!

First up this week, downloading shows from Netflix. I love it. I spent last week in North Carolina with Bud and before my trip, a friend of mine told me that I could download movies and shows on Netflix and watch them offline. Obviously, I wouldn’t be able to watch Netflix on a plane normally (no wifi), so I tested it out. I downloaded the first season of Hallmark’s “Good Witch”. What can I say? This new way to watch shows is a game-changer for busy travelers like me!

I love it.

Next up is, you guessed it, “Good Witch.” I love it. I’ve always been a fan of Bailee Madison because she’s so positive (and I’m all about positivity – hence this blog) so I watched two episodes on my way to North Carolina… and then the next 8 of the first season on my way home. It was quickly followed by watching the first 5 episodes of the second season when I got home from the airport and finishing it up this morning. I love Hallmark Channel and this show and now I NEED MORE GOOD WITCH!

I love it.

Finally, writing book reviews. I love it. If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been making sure I write reviews for the books I read lately. I put them on Goodreads, then my blog, and sometimes they get picked up by NerdHQ.com. I love reading and writing so this is something that’s perfect for me. Plus, it also gives me a reason to write (writer’s block is a real thing, people). If you have any book suggestions or if you’ve written a book and want it reviewed, let me know!

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.