Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe by Preston Norton

Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe

Cliff Hubbard is a huge loser. Literally. His nickname at Happy Valley High School is Neanderthal because he's so enormous-6'6" and 250 pounds to be exact. He has no one at school and life in his trailer park home has gone from bad to worse ever since his older brother's suicide.There's no one Cliff hates more than the nauseatingly cool quarterback, Aaron Zimmerman. Then Aaron returns to school after a near-death experience with a bizarre claim: ...

Details Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe

TitleNeanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe
Release DateMay 22nd, 2018
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Humor

Reviews Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe

  • Larry H
    "You know what the most dystopian idea in the world is to me?" I asked. "The idea that our feelings don't matter. We might as well be robots."Since his older brother died, Cliff Hubbard has been alone. He has no friends in high school, but he can't sneak through undetected, since he's 6'6" and weighs 250 pounds. He couldn't be any more noticeable; his classmates have bestowed upon him the nickname "Neanderthal." They ridicule him and mock his siz...
  • Dianne
    Labels, the bane of high school existence. Cliff knows, because he is called Neanderthal, for his size, his demeanor and because he isn’t that popular jock, he is just a kid trying to get by, trying to overcome the sadness of his brother’s suicide. It was easy for him to hate Aaron Zimmerman, handsome, athletic, rich and popular, as well as brutally unkind to Cliff, that is until Aaron has a near-death experience where he saw God and God had ...
  • Stacee
    This book was pitched to me and I loved the synopsis and cover, but somehow it got buried. When I finally found it and got around to reading it, I was angry that I had waited so long. I love love loved Cliff. He’s so weary and tired of dealing with all of the bs life has dealt him. And yet, he hasn’t given up. He’s hopeful. His inner monologue is absolutely hysterical and had me actually laughing out loud. There are a core group of other ch...
  • Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!
    EVERY BIT OF PERFECT!!!! Full review will be posted. Expect nothing but praise.
  • Lauren Stoolfire
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Cliff is a 6'6" and 250 pound loser, in fact his nickname at school is Neanderthal. He has no one in his corner and everything has gone bad to worse since his older brother's suicide last year. Cliff can't stand the star quarterback, Aaron. When Aaron returns to school after a near-death experience, he says that he saw God when he was out of it. The real kicker is that God gave Aar...
  • OutlawPoet
    Ever read one of those books where you’re only halfway through, but you already want to tell everyone you know to read it? But you can’t at that exact moment in time because you’ve got tears pouring down your face and you can’t find the Kleenex and everyone will want to know if you’re okay? This is that book.It’s honest, irreverent, sweet, funny, incredibly sad, and still hopeful.Some of the characters curse a mile a minute. Some do d...
  • Jes Reads
    “There are three rules to high school irrevocably inscribed within the interstellar fabric of the universe. Rule number one: it’s all bullshit. Now before you go thinking I’m some angsty little teenage shit, you should know that I’m not little. In fact, I’m a behemoth. Sixteen years old and somehow miraculously shattering the 250-pound barrier. Holy crap, you say. Get the hell out of town, you say. You think that’s nuts? Let me rephra...
  • Brian
    Clifford is a high school student who is used to being on the outs. At 6'6 and 250 lbs, he is a giant of a teen. He lives with his hard working mother and physically abusive father in a very small house. In school he is often ignored and picked on and has been given the nickname "Neanderthal." One day, a bully named Aaron who often picks on Cliff gets a head injury and thinks he has seen God. He has a list of tasks that he has to complete and dec...
  • Martha
    I'm a little surprised by how much I enjoyed this -- Cliff's voice is great, and the breakneck pacing of the story and the lives therein is compelling and, against all odds, seems realistic. Alternately fun and very compelling.Thanks to Disney Book Group and NetGalley for the ARC.
  • Nat
    Warning: NOT suitable for my seventh-grade followers. But HOLY CANOLI. This book had everything I want in a young-adult-high-school-experience-address-all-of-the-angst novel. I don't think I've ever laughed so much reading a work of fiction, nor have I ever felt so much "YES. THAT." in reading about a true existential quandary from a teen perspective. A novel about hurt, and healing, and God, and "God?", and first love, and nerd debates cranked u...
  • Louize
    This one delivered all the punches, they all connected. I probably cried in some places. Read more from The Page Walker.
  • Kathy Martin
    NEANDERTHAL OPENS THE DOOR TO THE UNIVERSE was an engaging story about a young man finding some purpose in his life. Cliff Hubbard - called "Neanderthal" by the other students at school because he's 6' 6" tall and weighs 250 pounds - has been lost since his older brother Shane's suicide nearly a year ago. He's angry and uninvolved beyond hating everything and everyone at his school. His home life is also falling apart as his unemployed drunk fath...
  • Entrada Book Review
    Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe is just as unconventional as the name. The book follows all around self-proclaimed loser Cliff Hubbard through a montage of terrible experiences to set up the tragic backstory and get the reader ready for the revelation.Aaron Zimmerman has seen God in a near death experience and has transformed from all out ***hole into wanting to fix Happy Valley High School with THE LIST.The plot is interesting but wit...
  • BookChic Club
    I absolutely LOVED this book. It was amazing and I'm so happy I got to read an early copy of it. I really enjoyed reading Clifford's (aka Neanderthal) story and his journey to making his high school a better place alongside the person he used to hate. A lot of crazy things happen in this book, but Norton keeps it pretty grounded in terms of the emotions from the characters as these things are happening. It's a roller-coaster of a book, and I had ...
  • Chrissie Morrison
    Cliff Hubbard was probably the biggest loser in his school, both literally and figuratively speaking.  He was 6'6", 250 pounds, and had a physique that earned him the nickname Neanderthal.  And, ever since his brother Shane killed himself, his life at home had become increasingly terrible as well.  So, how did he end up getting a girlfriend and becoming friends with the über cool and extremely popular quarterback, Aaron Zimmerman?  Well, it ...
  • Sonja
    I love books that make me laugh and I laughed many times as Cliff “Neanderthal” Hubbard walked us through a pretty messed up few months of high school. Neanderthal is a huge loser (physically and socially) grieving for the brother who comes mittens suicide and trying to dodge his abusive father. If he knows anything, it’s that high school sucks and Happy Valley High SchoolREALLY sucks. Aaron is the quarterback of the Happy Valley football t...
  • Vendea
    English Review:I received this book through Netgalley in exchange of honest review. Publication expected: May 22nd 2018, by Disney Hyperion I didn't have high hopes for this since the start was a bit slow for my taste, but I must say I ended up breathless after I finished this book. It was so... not ordinary, I would say. The premise of this book seems a lit bit crazy and yeah, in some ways, it definitely is that way. Our MC Cliff is of considera...
  • Deedra Lapray
    Oh my! This book is everything! Hysterical (I snorted out loud on the plane), irreverent, fast-paced, deeply moving, and the emotional roller-coaster I want in realistic fiction. There were cliques and label galore. Afterall, it is high school we are talking about. Cliff, or as his classmates call him, Neanderthal typically finds himself on the outside, but one day a list from God about instructions for making Happy Valley High School not suck sh...
  • Valerie Dieter
    I absolutely LOVED this book! Cliff, aka Neanderthal, is trying to cope with his brother's suicide and his troubled status as a loser at school. Aaron, the star quarterback, is in a freak accident and awakes from a coma with what he believes is a mission from God, and Cliff is a star player in Aaron's plans.This book is funny, poignant, sad, and enlightening all at once.
  • Sarah Perchikoff
    Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe by Preston Norton is so much more than another teen coming-of-age story. It is sweet and dark and funny and sad and everything in between. The Neanderthal in the title is Cliff Hubbard. Yes, his nickname at Happy Valley High School is the name of the race of archaic humans who became extinct over 40,000 years ago (Yeah, I did some research). Why, you might ask, is that his nickname? Cliff is 6'6" and 250...
  • Mrs. Europaea
    I really wanted to like this, I wanted to like it so much that I forced myself to finish this even though by page 60 I was beyond ready to call it quits BUT I kept thinking that Norton would surprise me at some point making my determination worth it. I was wrong. What is there to say? Aside from Cliff's size, he had no interesting qualities which is disappointing considering he is the main character. His relationship with Aaron was completely abs...
  • Neanderthal
    Sixteen-year-old Clifford Hubbard, not-so-affectionately nicknamed "Neanderthal" because of his 6' 6", 250 pound physique, gets recruited (reluctantly) by ultra-popular and cool Aaron Zimmerman, who, after waking from a coma after a boating accident, claims to have seen God and received from him a list of 5 things needed to make Happy Valley High School, Montana, "suck" less (God's word). The campaign involves hilarious dialogue, popular culture ...
  • Rachel Stansel
    One of the best YA books I've read this year. Great characters, beautiful and thoughtful characters . The author did a great job with honest dialogue and difficult topics, suicide, drugs, lgbt youth, bullying and abuse.The author gave them proper weight without feeling preachy or forced. In difficult times like we currently are facing, it is a powerful message of how each person can impact their immediate surroundings.Full disclosure - I received...
  • MiekeReads
    I went into this book with the expectation that it was a YA book, and it is, to some extent. It is about a teenage boy and his teenage life. That said, it is more of an adult book that takes place in a teenage universe. I would not recommend the book to anyone of any age who is offended by profanity or the idea that some teens use drugs and have sex. This is not Anne of Green Gables (not that Anne of Green Gables isn't great). The content of this...
  • Carol Kean
    Clifford "Neanderthal' Hubbard is epic. At six and a half feet tall, 300 pounds, he'd be a sure bet for the football team, but he's more interested in science fiction movies and games. His brother Shane got him to watch 2001: A Space Odyssey, and an abandonded seven-story office building becomes their own Monolith, a private hangout as well as a metaphor. For Happy Valley High School, and for life itself.We know early on that something happened t...
  • Katy Noyes
    Slight 'suspension of disbelief' required in this quotable, culturally-referring smart teen school drama.I will remember Cliff for quite some time. A unique soul, so tenderly written to be sympathetic and capable, but he's also whippet-smart and many times had me chuckling aloud as I read his witticism and recognised his quoting. It's also a different sort of plot for a teenage novel. Yes, there is bullying, family problems, romance, but there is...
  • Ranu
    I don't know where to even begin with this book. This is the best contemporary I have ever read, and I say that without the slightest doubt. "Love" is not a strong enough word to convey how much I adored this book. It was smart, funny (incredibly funny!), authentic, diverse and utterly captivating. Contemporary is not very high up on my list of preferred genres but this book encompasses all the best things about the genre and puts it together to ...
  • Resch Reads
    *Book Received in Exchange for Honest Opinion/Review*A poignant, moving, and captivating read that challenges social norms, bullying, and suicide with wit and charm. I am enamored with this story, while it initially started out a little slow, within 75 pages I was addicted and simply couldn't put it down. Preston Norton masterfully tackles tough topics in YA while keeping it light-hearted with humor, modern references, and a realistic portrayal o...