Fred is a normal teenager as much as normal teenagers can be. He goes to school, plays in a band and sticks close to his small group of friends. This school year looks to be a same until Fred meets Aja, a new girl in town from South America. She is pretty, quiet and when he is around her, he feels this incredible calm. Only not everyone reacts to Aja in the same way. From his friends to his teachers, Aja seems to illicit a sense of mistrust and tension.
The a riot breaks out in one of Fred’s gigs and with just a few words, Aja is able to stop the fighting. But stranger still is the fact that when one of Fred’s friends suffers a serious head injury, he is miraculously cured. Aja swears that she has done nothing, but the eye witnesses and video tell another story. When a reporter tells Fred of Aja’s past he knows he can no longer ignore the truth. There is something different about Aja, something very strange.
Strange Girl is an interesting and entertaining story but for my tastes, and remarkably not what I would expect from a Christopher Pike novel, it moves at such a slow pace that it was difficult to maintain my interest for any period of time. Fred is a likable character but there is little about him that drives this story and Aja herself is as monotone as they come. The anti-Christian sentiment in the book and the ensuing witch hunt that comes from the Christians is a tiresome ploy in today’s writing. Something that has become a cheap trick to endear your novel to an audience that may feel the same.
Overall it is not a bad book and the story is good, but the delivery is severely lacking.