All Alone in the Universe

Front Cover
Harper Collins, Oct 26, 2010 - Juvenile Fiction - 224 pages
3 Reviews
"Before last summer Maureen and I were best friends....At least I think we were. I don't know what happened exactly. As some people who get hit by trucks sometimes say,'I didn't see anything coming.'"

When her best friend since the third grade starts acting as though Debbie doesn't exist, Debbie finds out the hard way that life can be a lonesome place. But in the end the heroine of this wryly funny coming-of-age story--a girl who lives in a house covered with stuff that is supposed to look like bricks but is just a fake brick pattern--discovers that even the hourly tragedies of junior high school can have silver linings, just as a house covered with Insul-Brick can protect a real home. This first novel shines--fun, engrossing, bittersweet, and wonderfully unpredictable.


What people are saying - Write a review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

In a quiet, introspective novel, Debbie, 13, faces one of the worst things that can happen to the young; she's lost a best friend, Maureen, to a boring, rather unpleasant classmate, Glenna. With ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - jjohlend - LibraryThing

Debbie is losing her best friend, and doesn't know what to do about it. This is one of those rare gems of a story that is so incredibly light on plot but draws you into the emotion of the main ... Read full review


Where Live
The Open House
At Some Point July Turned into August
Thanksgiving Monday

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 120 - I said, even though in the first place, I didn't even know where it was, and in the second place, I had never even walked down the street to visit Marie, not before today. "Okay,

About the author (2010)

Lynne Rae Perkins was awarded the Newbery Medal for Criss Cross. She is the author of three other novels—All Alone in the Universe, As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth, and Nuts to You. Lynne Rae Perkins has also written and illustrated several picture books, including The Broken Cat; Snow Music, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and a Book Sense Top Ten Pick; Pictures from Our Vacation; and The Cardboard Piano. The author lives with her family in northern Michigan. 

Bibliographic information