Welcome to My Planet

Welcome to My Planet

Where English Is Sometimes Spoken

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Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780141001777
  • 304 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


Life just isn’t The Love Boat for nearly-thirty Shannon, the tongue-in-cheek heroine of Welcome to My Planet. Credit cards don’t pay themselves, no obvious mate has appeared with her name pinned to his collar, and a job doing new-product research for a fledgling software company doesn’t quite make ends meet in the meaning-of-life department. Then there’s the loser boyfriend, another boyfriend, her therapist, and unforgettably, Shannon’s mom, Flo, with her unrecognizable leftover casseroles and quirky advice for her daughter. In a fit of debt and with a bruised heart, Shannon moves back home to witness the day-to-day tremors of her parents’ own marriage. This is a dark-and-light tale-freshly witty and poignant-told by a young woman with a universal touch.


Olson’s tongue-in-cheek humor makes Planet as quirky and clever as its main character. —People

A funny, feeling novel…you’ll find Olson’s coming-of-age chronicle winning and uniquely real. —Glamour

Witty, warm and delightfully topical. —Chicago Tribune

One of the best mother-daughter acts of all time. I stopped reading it only to laugh my head off, quote passages to my friends, and to make it last. —Melissa Bank, author of The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing