I'm never going outside again.
Mallory hasn't left the house in sixty-seven days--since the day her dad left. She attends her classes via webcam, rarely leaves her room (much to her brother's chagrin), and spends most of her time watching The X-Files or chatting with the always obnoxious BeamMeUp on New Mexico's premier alien message board.
But when she's shockingly nominated for homecoming queen, her life takes a surprising turn. She slowly begins to open up to the world outside. And maybe if she can get her popular jock neighbor Brad Kirkpatrick to be her homecoming date, her classmates will stop calling her a freak.
In this heartwarming and humorous debut, Mallory discovers first love and the true meaning of home--just by taking one small step outside her house.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Kerry Winfrey’s sharply written debut follows a wild, emotional month in the life of Mallory Sullivan, a whip-smart sci-fi obsessive whose sudden-onset agoraphobia has turned her into an extreme homebody. When Mallory is nominated to her high school’s homecoming court, her beauty-vlogger bestie, her supportive brother, and a football star all set to work drawing her out of her bubble. Meanwhile, a mysterious online friend boosts her confidence and piques her interest. Winfrey leavens her frank depiction of mental illness with rom-com hijinks and the occasional alien conspiracy, making for a fun yet poignant read.