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Every winter, straight-laced, Ivy League bound Evan looks forward to a visit from Lucy, a childhood pal who moved away after her parent's divorce. But when Lucy arrives this year, she's changed. The former "girl next door" now has chopped dyed black hair, a nose stud, and a scowl. But Evan knows that somewhere beneath the Goth, "Old Lucy" still exists, and he's determined...more
Hardcover, 331 pages
Published December 5th 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2011)
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Lora
Jan 22, 2012 Lora rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of YA realistic fiction
Recommended to Lora by: Kirkus
There are these certain books that are written only to fall in the cracks, to be trampled on and overshadowed by more hyped, outrageously popular books which oftentimes end up being a huge let down. It is my hope that Winter Town doesn't end up falling into this category.

Winter Town is Stephen Emond's sophomore novel, and it centers around the friendship of two teenagers named Evan and Lucy. They grew up together, did everything together: drew comic slides; read fantasy tombs until their eyes hu...more
Ariel
Winter Town.. An upcoming indie film starring Michael Cera! .. Well, not really, but it should be! I really enjoyed this book, and I'm a little surprised that I've literally never heard of it before.. More people should read this!

With a mixture of prose, art, and comics, this book tells the awesome story of two people coming together, realizing their faults, breaking apart to become better, and then coming together again more complete than ever before. It reminds me o much of the vibe I got from...more
~Tina~
Wintertown was a well done book. I don't think I've ever read one that combined graphic art and while I thought it might be distracting ended up complimenting the story instead. It was an extended expression of Evan and Lucy and what's really going on behind the emotions and I thought it was a really cool and funny way to do this.
This is a story about not knowing all the answers and finding yourself. It's a story about being young and wanting to be young when you know you can't always be and it'...more
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
3.5 stars
First of all, I would *not* say this is Garden State meets Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist like the synopsis states. However, this is probably because I don't like either of those movies and I did enjoy this book.

What ho! A YA contemporary novel that I pretty much liked! But why only 3.5 stars? Well, it just wasn't as pizazz-y as I was anticipating. When I found out this was going to be a BEA book, I was so excited. Despite the stupid-movie dropping, the synopsis seemed really intri...more
Emily
Quitting while I'm ahead.

As I read, I couldn't shake the feeling that the author of this book is not a reader. I can't explain this suspicion, it's just a hunch I get sometimes when I'm not enjoying a book, when it just doesn't seem to hang together quite right. I'm trying to believe that Edmond has in fact read more than the two books posted on his Goodreads page, but, actually, I can believe that this author is the kind of Catcher in the Rye fan that Frank Portman described in King Dork.

Then...more
Tina
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Winter Town is one of my most anticipated reads of 2011, mostly because I loved Stephen Emond's other novel, Happyface. It was one of my favorite contemporary novels in 2010, with drawings to boot! So I was really very excited when my copy finally arrived, and just in time for Christmas. Don't you think the cover makes this book fitting for December? (Of course, I forgot the book in the office during Christmas weekend, so I didn't finish this until after Christmas.)

Ev...more
Jessica
Wow. I almost passed over this book when the ARC was offered to me at ALA. The cover didn't grab me, and the PR person's description (a boy trying to reconnect with his childhood friend) didn't exactly make me say, Wow!

Boy. Was I wrong.

This book could actually be called A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. Told not only through Emond's taut prose, but also through illustrations and comic strips, the book takes place over the course of a cold, snowy Christmas break as budding artist Evan di...more
Darkfallen
Ok so this is more like 2.5 stars so I just slapped a two on it. I really wish you could give half stars on here.

Anyways...

This book just didn't turn out quite how I expected it. I mean when I read the premise I was so excited to be offered and ARC from Little Brown Books for review. Straight laced boy meets up with an old childhood friend that happens to be heavy on the black hair dye, and and she's even got a nose ring? Yes Please!

Unfortunately that's about where it stopped for me. I really wa...more
Erin
Dec 26, 2011 Erin rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
**somewhat spoilerish, so tread carefully. :)
I noticed today that I give books 3 stars a lot. I think there are, in my mind, about 5 different levels of 3-star-books. This was on a higher level of 3 stars. Maybe level 2 (with level 1 being the highest level of 3-star-books, and level 5 being the lowest. My mind is a very jumbled place. Ha.)

Anyway. I liked Wintertown. It was far from being a favorite, but it was an enjoyable story. The two main characters were great, together. I love the idea of...more
Elizabeth
Talk about a manic pixie dream girl (MPDG)! Dang! Lucy goes from a goodie girl to a "goth" and Evan is still trying to view her as her past self, before her parents were divorced and all of the crazy happened in her life that Evan does not know about. And that she's hesitant to reveal.

What's neat about this novel is that you don't just get Evan's perspective, you also get Lucy's perspective. It is in third person, so the change from focusing on Evan to focusing on Lucy was a bit confusing for m...more
Jess (Gone with the Words)
Read this review on my blog! --> Wintertown by Stephen Emond

Evan is a kid who believes he knows what he wants from life. He has a close-knit family, with supportive, if not slightly over-bearing parents. Lucy’s family life is the complete opposite, but it has never really affected her as much as this past year. The mystery behind her change isn’t revealed until halfway through, at which point the perspective changes from Evan’s to Lucy’s. I loved the times when they would just get lost in the...more
Rob
The less histrionic flipside to Rainbow Rowell's excellent Young Adult novel Eleanor & Park, Winter Town quietly and sensitively explores a teenage relationship not from the standpoint of the meet-cute and the hormonal rush of first love, but from the more complicated angle of what happens when two lifelong friends realize A) they might be meant for each other, and B) that could ruin everything. That's the situation for Evan and Lucy, friends since they were six but who, for the last several...more
Chris J
Winter Town Book Review (Literature)

"Winter Town" is a novel written by Stephen Emond about an overachieving, stressed teenage boy who spends his Winter break trying to rekindle his friendship with his best friend, who he has not seen in a year. However, this year, she comes back completely different. She dresses, acts and responds to things completely different. This shocks Evan, the main character, who has now split her personalities into two different perspectives: "Old Lucy" and "New Lucy."...more
Bookworm1858
3.5/5

I'm not sure it's entirely accurate to call this a graphic novel as the majority of the book is told through words. However there are excerpts from the comic created by the two main characters that play a significant role in the narrative (and were personally my favorite part) so I decided to include that above in my categorizing.

I picked this up because I remember seeing posts about it at the end of last year but then I feel it kind of got lost in the holiday busyness as well as anticipati...more
Gary Anderson
Wintertown by Stephen Emond take place over a winter break as high school seniors and childhood friends Evan and Lucy try to become reacquainted. Lucy moved away when her parents divorced, and comes back to visit her father once a year. But this time is different because Lucy has changed. She now dresses Goth, and she seems distant and angry. From this premise, Wintertown grows more interesting with each chapter as Evan and Lucy try to decide what their relationship means, and how they can come...more
Laura Graves
http://owltellyouaboutit.com/2011/12/05/wintertown/

I think it’s amazing how the books I’m not really anticipating become some of the best books I read. I think it’s because they take me by surprise. I barely even remembered signing up for the book tour of Winter Town at Around the World ARC Tours. I was reminded when I received it in the mail back at the end of June. Though I reviewed it immediately, I decided to schedule the post for a time closer to the book’s release.

Winter Town had me intere...more
Emma
Evan and Lucy were childhood best friends, but after Lucy’s parents divorced when they were twelve she moved from New England to Georgia with her mom. Every winter break Lucy returns to visit her dad, although she spends most of her time with Evan. The winter of senior year, Lucy is distinctively different. It’s not just her dark hair and makeup and the new nose ring; it’s also how she’s reclusive and seems far away. There is definitely something Lucy’s not telling Evan, but the Old Lucy is stil...more
Jennifer
Evan and Lucy have been best friends since birth. When Lucy's parents divorced, she moved away and now only visits once a year around Christmas. The book opens with the end of one of her visits and then continues one year later. When she comes back she has changed. Lucy cut and dyed her hair, has a nose ring, and won't open up to Evan. He tries to ask why she changed and what is going on with her and she refuses to answer him.

The book followers a dual third person POV. I'm not a big fan of third...more
Khy
If there's one thing better than a great book, it's a great book with pictures, which Wintertown just happens to be. It lacked a certain "oomph" that would make me scream its praises from every available website, but I still really enjoyed it.

The description is dead-on with its comparison to an indie movie, which is probably one of the reasons I like this book so much and why others may want to throw it against a wall. It walks the fine line between endearingly quirky and just plain twee, but I...more
Kyleigh
When I read the synopsis for Wintertown I pretty much surmised it would be a regular coming of age novel. In essence, it was, but it had some nice additions that I really enjoyed. The artwork and comics that are spread throughout the novel really added to the story and gave it a unique feel.

Lucy and Evan aren’t your typical best friends. Lucy is only there for two weeks out of the year to visit her dad for Christmas. Before her parents’ divorce she and Evan were basically tied at the hip, but e...more
Amanda (Good Choice Reading)
Garden State meets Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist? I honestly expected this to just be a gimmick to sell the book, and maybe it was, but it’s also true. Throw in some Scott Pilgrim while you’re at it. And while Evan lacked the awkwardness that is Michael Cera, I’d be all for him playing the character.

I love these movies. Nick and Norah, Juno, Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Youth in Revolt, Easy A—young witty characters and a “cuteness” that makes me smile. Maybe I’m still seventeen at heart. Ei...more
Ericka
Wintertown was one of those novels that you find yourself loving at some parts, and disliking at other parts- or maybe that was just me. Evan and Lucy were best friends through childhood, until one year where she comes to visit Evan and everything is different about her. The story is primarily about the two trying to find themselves, Evan trying to figure out what was wrong with Lucy, and their brief love story.

What I liked about the book was that some passages were interesting to read, with th...more
Potassium
I think this is a 3.75.

In this story, Evan looks forward to Lucy visiting her dad every year for the winter holidays because it's the only time they get to catch up. This year she shows up as NewLucy(TM) and Evan is determined to find the real Lucy inside. Meanwhile, Lucy is determined to find the "real Evan" inside of him.

This book is full of art work of the comic Lucy and Evan begin working on together as well as random scenes throughout the book. I thought that was a really creative way to...more
Kwoomac
I got this book at the library so on the spine of the book it reads YA FIC EMO. Okay, it's for the author's name but I thought it summed the book up nicely. Evan and Lucy are seniors in high school and have been best friends their whole lives. Unfortunately, Lucy's parents divorced when she was twelve and she moved from New England (Connecticut?) to Atlanta with her mother. She visits her father for two weeks every Xmas and she and Evan fall back into their easy relationship. But, not this year....more
Lisa
I wasn't very impressed by this book. I couldn't get into it properly. It started off okay but as it progressed, I became increasingly more bored.

I liked the little comic strips. I wish there had been more of that cuteness and humour infused into the story. I also enjoyed the way Evan's chapters were song titles from The Beatles and Lucy's chapters were song titles from The Beach Boys(well, I'm guessing this one because I'm not the biggest Beach Boys fan except for five or six songs I love by t...more
Andrea
This book was just ehhh for me. I usually find myself feeling this way about books either written about guys or by guys. I don't know why. And that was the case for this book. I certainly didn't hate the book. But I didn't really care about it either. It was just...there.

Of the two characters, I definitely liked Evan more than Lucy. Evan seemed like a sweet, slightly-nerdy guy who had a big heart and wanted to do the right thing. While Lucy, she was just so negative. About EVERYTHING! I get tha...more
Kayla Trainor
I really love this book because it shows everything that goes on for teens, both sides. and it is so passionate and well written. A book similar to this would be Looking for Alaska by John Green.
J.
A surprising random library find that, if not a new favorite, was still light and fun to read but with more depth than I initially expected.

As someone who spent my college years enduring long New England winters, I like that this is a winter romance, rather than a summer one. I like all the seasons, but winter has always seemed romantic to me.

I really liked the characters--they felt rounded-out and realistic to me--and Emond does address just about everything. But I still felt that 1) Lucy's exp...more
Kelly
Jan 03, 2014 Kelly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
Winter Town was a good read! I liked: Evan and Lucy's characters, how they grew and changed throughout the novel, the comic strips after each chapter, and the parts where they talked about fantasy and adventure. :) I didn't like that some of the scenes felt rushed; I almost wished it was longer and more in depth. Like, what happened after Lucy went home? Overall, I enjoyed it!
Leanne
I originally chose this book because of its hybrid genre (novel/graphic novel). This book had complete pages full of words, but every once in awhile included pictures and comics, much like Sherman Alexie's Part- Time Indian. I also, really enjoyed the cover art! This book was very cute and character focused, and it reminded me a lot of Eleanor and Park at some points. This is not a book to read if you need a fast moving plot with a lot of action and suspense, but I feel like it does well with wh...more
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