Book Review The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Hey all you bookworms out there! Sorry I haven’t posted in a couple months, school has taken up an extreme portion of my time. That and Terraria…..

hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy.

But I digress. I decided to do a review today on a book I picked up a couple months ago at a book swap at my school. 


Synopsis (Or should this be titled blurb?): Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.
Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide (“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have”) and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox–the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod’s girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.
Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much time between wearing digital watches? For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars. And don’t forget to bring a towel!

(Got that from Amazon. Thanks!)


My reaction: I saw part of the movie before I read the book. I know, I’m sorry, but that’s the way it happened. I feel horrible for it, but I think my reaction to the book itself more than justifies my mistake.

First off, this book is…. weird. Not normal weird, but it gets confusing at times. It’s a short book, and ends on a cliffhanger. Fair warning. This book is the first in a series, and I thoroughly, enjoyed it. If I hadn’t watched Doctor Who and Sherlock before I had read this book, I wouldn’t have understood some of the jokes. Other than the fact that it is so totally British and us Americans may not get it thoroughly, I liked it.

The Bad News: The only bad things I can think about for this is the fact that Douglas Adams -the author- jumped around a lot. It’s hard to understand if you are not throughly (that seems to to be my word of the day…) engrossed and paying attention. I had to re-read paragraphs and pages, and this is me we’re talking about. I don’t do that, I read a book so fast and then I tell you the complete plot line. Then I read the book once again, and I tell you it more in detail.

Rating: 5 out of 5!

Age group: 10 and up. There is alcohol in it, and there may be humor that children may not understand.


Signing out for now,