I am for reals on an audiobook roll. The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex narrated by Bahni Turpin is one of the most hilarious, heartfelt, and engaging audiobooks that I’ve had the pleasure to listen to. Seriously, if you aren’t sure about audiobooks, introduce your ears to The True Meaning Of Smekday.
The True Meaning Of Smekday by Adam Rex begins with 11 year old Gratuity Tucci also known as ‘Tip’ turning in an essay for an time capsule contest called ‘The True Meaning of Smoke Day’. She recounts how the Boov, an alien species invaded Earth and forced the human race to relocate to Florida. Eventually Gratuity expands beyond her essay to talk about her gradual friendship with a Boov named J. Lo and her drive to Florday with her cat, named Pig.
Gratuity is legit the coolest 11 year old ever. She’s got the tenacity to drive a car, to stand up to the Boov and eventually to another alien species. And her interactions with J. Lo were a big source of laughs for me, as J. Lo learns human customs. And you guys, normally I am like blahhhh aliens but I freakin’ LOVED J. Lo. His ghost costume and love of eating strange things made him so endearing to me. ALSO a heads up, the Chief, one of the minor characters you will meet while reading The True Meaning Of Smekday is legit THE DEAL. Watch out for him, you don’t want to miss that noise.
Bahni Turpin totally brings her A-game to her narration of The True Meaning Of Smekday. Like, I thought she was great in The Help audiobook but she turns it up to 11 in this audiobook. She does different voices and accents for the characters and it is probably the biggest reason I fell in love with J. Lo and Tip. And y’all, I just love her Boov accent. Like, there’s no holding back, she goes FULL ON. Y’all The True Meaning Of Smekday is an audiobook that I have zero regrets about spending an Audible credit on and hope you will check out as well. It is 10 hours and 37 minutes long and is produced by Listening Library.
Disclosure: Purchased copy.