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The True Meaning of Smekday

posted May 7, 2012, 4:34 PM by Julie Alonso   [ updated Jul 5, 2012, 6:20 PM ]
by Adam Rex  FIC REX

The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex is a funny book.  It's about a girl named Gratuity (her friends call her "Tip") whose mom was abducted by aliens (the Boov) who take over the Earth on Christmas, which they rename after their fearless leader, Captain Smek. She meets this renegade Boov who calls himself J.Lo (and has a questionable grasp of English grammar) and the story takes off from there.

Here is an excerpt taken from the book's official website:
Gratuity has just trapped J.Lo in a convenience store freezer...

“Aha,” the Boov nodded, as if I’d said something important. “Ah. So...can I come into the out now?”

“No!” I yelled. “You can not come into the out. You can never come into the out ever again!”

At this the Boov looked genuinely surprised, and panicked.

“Then...then...I will have onto shoot with my gun!”

I jumped back, palms up. In all the excitement, I hadn’t though of that. My eyes darted to where his hips would be, if he’d had any. I frowned.

“You don’t even have a gun!”

“Yes! YES!” he shouted, nodding furiously, as though I’d somehow proven his point. “NO GUN! So I will have to...have to...”

His whole body trembled.


I fell into a row of shelves. That one was new to me.

“Shoot forth the lasers?”


“You can do that?”

The Boov hesitated. His eyes quivered. After a few seconds he replied,


I squinted. “Well, if you shoot your eye lasers, then I’ll have no choice but to...EXPLODE YOUR HEAD!”

“You humans can not to ex--”

“We can! We can too! We just don’t much. It’s considered rude.”

The Boov thought about this for a moment.

“Then...we are needing a...truce. You are not to exploding heads, and I will to not do my DEVASTATING EYE LASERS.”

“Okay,” I agreed. “Truce.”