Debut author Castellucci gives voice to a memorable teenage narrator, Victoria Jurgen, living in Hollywood. A senior at Melrose Prep, she has set her sights on becoming valedictorian. She not only aces her AP classes, is photographer for the school paper and a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Club, she has also seen the movie Terminal Earth 42 times and calls herself "Egg," after the heroine in the movie. Egg even shaves her head and wears a white cloak like the movie's star her mother says that Egg's appearance makes her "boy proof". But a cascade of subtle changes begin with the arrival of classmate Max Carter.

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A Time Magazine Best Young Adult Books of All Time Selection "This novel's funny first-person narrative will grab teens and not just sci-fi fans with its romance and the screwball special effects. Her real name is Victoria Jurgen, but she's renamed herself after the kick-ass heroine of her favorite sci-fi movie, Terminal Earth. Like her namesake, Egg dresses all in white, colors her eyebrows, and shaves her head. She always knows the right answers, she's always in control, and she's far too busy — taking photos for the school paper, meeting with the Science Fiction and Fantasy Club, and hanging out at the "creature shop" with her dad, the special-effects makeup wizard — to be bothered with friends, much less members of the opposite sex. As far as Egg is concerned, she's boy proof, and she likes it that way. But then Egg meets a boy named Max, a boy who's smart and funny and creative and cool.


Cecil Castellucci

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Cecil C. Castellucci born October 25, in New York City , also known as Cecil Seaskull , is an American-born Canadian young adult novelist, indie rocker , and director. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California. She attended Concordia University in Montreal and received a B. In Montreal she embarked on her music career as part of Bite, which was then the only all-female indie band in Montreal. She later moved to Los Angeles after Nerdy Girl broke up for good, and she recorded solo under her performing name, Cecil Seaskull.


In the first four chapters, the reader is introduced to the main character, Victoria Jurgen, who prefers to be called "Egg," as she has modeled her physical appearance and clothes after her favorite Sci-Fi character. She informs the reader that she has made herself intentionally boy proof because she enjoys her life the way it is. In these chapters, the reader also meets Victoria's mom, a currently out-of-work actress, Max Carter, an equally smart, unique and talented boy who is new to Victoria's school, her friends, Martin and Rue, who are dating, and Hasan, her classmate, Nelly Melendez and Victoria's dad, Sam Jurgen, a Hollywood "creature maker. Throughout chapters , Victoria and Max continue to build a connection based on their shared interests, although Victoria appears to be fighting hard against developing the friendship. The text suggests that, although she is resistant to his friendship, Victoria finds Max somewhat attractive. In chapters , Victoria's relationship with her mother is developed further, as is her continued struggle in math. Chapter 8 reveals that Victoria has a general "burning black feeling" inside, a force that appears to shape how she thinks about herself and interacts with others.

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