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The Big Crunch

by Hautman, Pete, 1952-

Format: Print Book 2011
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
Available (3)
Location Collection Call #
CLP - Squirrel Hill Teen Fiction TEEN FICTION Hautman
Location  CLP - Squirrel Hill
 
Collection  Teen Fiction
 
Call Number  TEEN FICTION Hautman
 
 
Moon Township Public Library Young Adult Fiction YA F HAUTMAN
Location  Moon Township Public Library
 
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
 
Call Number  YA F HAUTMAN
 
 
Shaler North Hills Library Young Adult Fiction YA HAU
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
 
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
 
Call Number  YA HAU
 
 
Summary
A funny, clear-eyed view of the realities of teenage love from National Book Award winner Pete Hautman.

A funny, clear-eyed view of the realities of teenage love from National Book Award winner Pete Hautman.brbrJen and Wes do nots"meet cute."/sThey do notstrikefall in love at first sight/strike. They do notsswoon with scorching desire/s. They do notstrikebelieve that they are instant soul mates destined to be together forever/strike. This is not that kind of love story.brbrInstead, they just hang around in each other's orbits...until eventually they collide. And even after that happens, they're still not sure where it will go. Especially when Jen starts to pity-date one of Wes's friends, and Wes makes some choices that he immediately regrets.brbrFrom National Book Award winner Pete Hautman, this is a love story for people not particularly biased toward romance. But it is romantic, in the same way that truth can be romantic and uncertainty can be the biggest certainty of all...
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* When June starts her junior year of high school in Minneapolis, she isn't looking for love. Thanks to her management-consultant dad's constantly shifting positions, this is June's sixth new school in four years, and she's learned to guard against getting attached. Then she literally crashes into classmate Wes at a convenience store, and what begins with a black eye for June and a head bump for Wes turns into a true, deep romance that the teens try to sustain after June's dad moves the family once again. As in Lynne Rae Perkins' novels, this story's delight lies in the details. National Book Award-winning Hautman writes with wry humor and a comic's sense of juxtaposed phrases and timing. From guys' lunchroom conversations ( How come you didn't just go online for your porn, says Wes to a friend who excavates an old Penthouse from his neighbor's recycling bin) to June's father's corporate mantras of self-control and forward thinking, the dialogue is refreshingly honest, particularly in the bewilderingly urgent, awkward exchanges that fuel the attraction between June and Wes. Hautman skillfully subverts cliches in this subtle, authentic, heart-tugging exploration of first love, but his sharp-eyed view of high-school social dynamics and the loving friction between parents and teens on the edge of independence is just as memorable.--Engberg, Gillian Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Showing his range, Hautman (How to Steal a Car) writes a love story that's affecting despite, or perhaps because of, its ordinariness. Wes and June know each other, vaguely, from high school, but become better acquainted when he accidentally gives her a black eye. Both teens are prone to introspection. June is constantly on guard because her father's job requires the family to move often; Wes cleans out the garage when too much thinking leads to insomnia. When the two overcome obstacles to become a couple, they fall hard. Hautman's depiction of this is both sensitive and realistic-"I can't breathe when I look at you," Wes tells June-and the use of scientific imagery adds metaphorical heft to an otherwise run-of-the-mill romance (to everybody but Wes and June, of course). As she expected, June's father pulls up stakes again, and the lovers try to carry on with texting and telephone calls, leading to frustration and bad decisions. Readers who need nonstop action must look elsewhere, but those who make it to June's final declaration will arrive with a lump firmly lodged in their throats. Ages 13-up. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Dating (Social customs) -- Fiction.
High schools -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
Moving, Household -- Fiction.
Family life -- Minnesota -- Fiction.
Minnesota -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Scholastic Press,2011
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 280 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780545240758 (hardcover)
0545240751 (hardcover)
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