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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
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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
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
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
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
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
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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.)

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
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.

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 Ashlee

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
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
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

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
Glenda Alexander
Loved it! I love that we have the male and female voices in this book, so we know a male point of view and how much the female confuses him. For those of us who had a male female best friend can appreciate this story.

Evan and Lucy are total opposites. He is Ivy League, Preppie parents and knows where he is going or knows he is going to college. Lucy on the other hand you have no idea if she will make it through high school and has all the problems of having divorced parents.

It's clear that Lucy...more
In the description, they say that it is Garden State meets Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. Well I completely agree. It had everything that this story needed. It had love, sorrow, and heart ache. This story was very fun and loving. You really feel for the characters what they are going through.

You meet Evan. Evan has lived in the same town, in the same house, on the same street all his life. Also all his life he has had the same best friend. Lucy. Lucy knows all of Evan's secrets and strengt...more
Stephen Edmon introduces readers to the story of Evan and Lucy in, Wintertown. Evan and Lucy grew up together, they were best friends, inseparable. Then Lucy’s parents divorced and Lucy moved away with her mom. Lucy spends every Christmas break with her dad, something that Evan looks forward to every year, but this year is different. Lucy is different and Evan’s not sure what to say to or how to act around this new Lucy.

Wintertown was a great read for me; it’s a bit melancholy with quite a few...more
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.


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
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
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
Mary (BookHounds)


Evan has lost his best friend, Lucy, in more ways than one when she moves away from New England to Georgia to live with her mother after her parents divorce. They still see each other once a year during Christmas vacation when she comes back to stay with her father, but in the last year or so, Evan has noticed Lucy has begun to change. She isn't the "Old Lucy" anymore and he finds her difficult to connect with as well as some other physical changes. Evan has always been the pe...more
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
Cindy Hudson
Evan and Lucy have been best friends ever since they can remember. They used to spend hours playing together and creating stories and drawings for an imaginary place they call Aelysthia. That was before Lucy’s parents split up and she moved with her mother from New England to Georgia. Now she comes back once a year to visit her dad at Christmas and New Year’s.

Evan hasn’t heard from Lucy in months when she lets him know she’s at her dad’s home again. And she’s changed. Her hair is chopped short a...more
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
Anna (
This was the perfect book to help me into my little baby steps toward reading a graphic novel. My only experience with one so far was Maus in one of my many college literature classes, and I don't know -- maybe you can tell from reading this blog -- but mouses in the Holocaust just isn't my favorite, per se.

ANYWAY, thank goodness for Winter Town. It's an illustrated YA novel, not so much a graphic novel. Just beautiful images at the start of every chapter, and bits of cartoons interspersed throu...more
Diana Renn
A wonderful, warm read for the winter! This hybrid comic book/sketchbook/novel explores the changing relationship between childhood best friends Evan and Lucy over the course of a winter vacation, when Lucy, visiting her divorced dad, returns to her New England town. She's changed since the last time Evan saw her, both physically and emotionally, and Evan must figure out how to reconcile the new Lucy with the old one, as well as how to navigate his complicated, deepening feelings toward her. The...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
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Release Date:December 5, 2011
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
Source: Personal copy

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...more
This review is also posted on Gypsy Book Reviews.

Wintertown is a brilliant, aching story told by Evan and Lucy, childhood friends who only see each other during winter break. Their story is the familiar, boy/girl-next-door story, that leaves you breathless and “that’s IT?!”

I have to bring it up, because it’s one of my favorite parts of the book: the drawings and comics. Yeah, guys, there’s DRAWINGS and in front of every chapter, a little comic that follows Lucy and Evan in their made-up fantasy...more
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
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