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Amore giovane

3.33  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,674 Ratings  ·  250 Reviews
Poetica, violenta e tenera avventura dei sentimenti narrata con toccante verità, Amore giovane esplora il regno dolceamaro delle emozioni legate all’innamoramento e alle fragilità della giovinezza, svelando malesseri, disagi, inquietudini di un difficile cammino di maturazione.
Paperback, 204 pages
Published 2004 by Sonzogno (first published 1996)
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Jan 11, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Ethan Hawke's writing is fantastic. It flows so smoothly and effortlessly that you want to read it straight through; which is what I almost did. The story was realistic and captured my attention right away. I look forward to reading more books by Ethan Hawke.
Morgan (Turbo)
Jul 01, 2008 Morgan (Turbo) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romantics and fans of Ethan Hawke
I've read another of Ethan Hawke and thought he was good. So when I saw this book in the free box I couldn't just pass it up laughing that an actor actually thinks he can write too(like I could at a Mel Gibson or Bruce Willis novel). Quite contrary, Hawke has a writing voice that is simple, direct, and sometimes ingenious. Check out one of his character's resolutions: "I want to never waste energy degrading someone else. Also, I want to try not see life as a competition. If I can do these two t ...more
Jun 30, 2008 mia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fic-lit
i honestly really enjoyed reading this book. i can remember it being mid-90s and seeing ethan hawke on tv and thinking of how much i loved him in reality bites and my young hipster literary self wanting to read this. it's gotten lots of eh reviews. but i don't care, i liked it. i think i'll catch the movie, as well.
Nov 15, 2009 CC rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this such a long time ago, when it first came out. It's a novella, not a novel, per se. The characters felt familiar and the angst of William loving someone who didn't even know if she "liked" him half the time much less "loved" him gave the piece an honest vibe.

However, the lack of details throughout left me frustrated. Sarah is a nanny yet never seems to work, though she still manages to afford a New York apartment. William is an actor. He's successful enough to make a living at it, yet
Rajesh Kurup
Nov 25, 2012 Rajesh Kurup rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surprise, surprise, surprise. Ethan Hawke can write, well. His debut novel perfectly captures the essence of being young and in love and then the pain of breakup. I felt deeply those little moments of first falling in love, the uncertainty and self doubt as you wonder what is it about me that she sees. Am I good enough, are we good enough. The story changes dramatically as their relationship turns. When Samantha decides that she isn't really ready for a relationship, Will's reaction is unhealthy ...more
Aug 12, 2010 Karielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ethan Hawke will break your heart. The Hottest State chronicles one year in the life of young, dashing William Harding: aspiring actor and charming lover. When he first meets Sarah, a girl unlike any he's ever seen, he knows from the beginning that he's a goner. She's beautiful. She's elusive. Every little thing she does strikes William greatly. The passion the two share, the chemistry; it's all so surreal, that even he can't believe it. He knows right then and there, that she is the one, that s ...more
Jan 07, 2009 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
i do not hate ethan hawke, in fact i was rooting for him the whole time i read this book. and while parts of it were beautiful, i found the characters pretty unlikable. 2 1/2 stars.
Jul 25, 2009 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 25, 2013 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd been kind of surprised when I saw Hawke's name on books in the bookstore and had intended to check his writing out, but just never got around to it before now. I'd heard some bad things about his writing and wasn't sure what to think. As I do sooner or later most times in this situation, I looked for myself. After all, Hawke thanks Fred Leebron in the acknowledgements in this one, so I figured there had to be some good here. Having finished, I do have to say that Hawke is a better writer tha ...more
Jan 01, 2012 Gia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I saw this book at the library I picked it up, wondering if this Ethan Hawke was the actor... It was. So, I decided to read the book, just for fun and since I admire him as an actor I wanted to see if he was a terrible writer. Well, guess what, he is all but that. I was surprised about how much I loved this book. His writing is articulate and direct and while it is not difficult to read it is very interesting.
The Hottest State is a book that just completely holds your attention from the be
Sep 17, 2007 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fricken-awesome
I bought this the day it came out... just because of the author... the cutie pie greasy haired lead guy in Reality Bites.

I read this book twice within a month of having it. and have reread it multiple times since.

Its one of those cute, heartbreaking, poor guy sort of quick reads.... I wanted to be the girl that broke this kids heart. I wanted to be the girl he pined for. I wanted to be the girl that picked up the pieces and put him all back together again.The girl that he treated like shit so i
Oct 09, 2015 Alessandra rated it really liked it
Non immaginavo che Ethan Hawke sapesse scrivere così bene. Per me resterà sempre il biondino timido tanto carino in "L'attimo fuggente", non ho visto nessun altro dei suoi film (credo). "Amore giovane" era uscito già nel 1997 come "Stato di eccitazione" (forse un titolo più calzante, nell'originale è Hottest State).

Will è un ventenne del Texas che vive a New York e lavora saltuariamente come attore. Una sera in un locale incontra Sarah, ragazza timida e un po' strana, che canta in un gruppo rock
Dec 01, 2015 Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The very first thing I must say about ‘The Hottest State’ is that its author, Ethan Hawke, pleasantly surprised me. It was good! I wanted to read this for several reasons, none of which were that I like romances (because I don't for the most part), or that I thought it would be good. I wanted to read it because as a teenager I LOVED the actor Ethan Hawke, he was so handsome and cool, on screen and off, his characters were always exactly what I wanted in a boyfriend. Then I saw an ad a couple of ...more
Mar 15, 2015 Micaela rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ethan, te recomiendo que sigas actuando y no escribiendo. No lo pude terminar y debe de tener 200 páginas a lo sumo.
Me resultaron indiferentes los dos protas. INDIFERENTES. Es decir que no logré ni siquiera algún sentimiento importante por ellos, ni odio ni cariño. Me pareció que desde el principio estaban mal presentados y no hubo desarrollo de ellos a lo largo de la historia. Y las situaciones eran muy simples y a veces hasta tontas en lo insignificantes y poco profundas:
"-creo que la oodio
Oct 12, 2010 Elizabeth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Elizabeth by: Diva Kate
Shelves: fiction
OMG YOU GUYS did you know that Ethan Hawke wrote a novel? Two novels, actually. And now you know all that you need to know about this book.
Nellie Airoldi
Il primo centinaio di pagine sono un irrequieto oceano le cui onde nascondono tutte le paure e tutto l’entusiasmo tipici della giovane età adulta, quelle che si confondono nella testa di chi è realmente convinto di aver incontrato l’amore della propria vita e proprio non si vuole rassegnare all’idea di essersi sbagliato. E quindi iniziano gli infiniti tentativi di far tornare le cose come prima, si prova e si riprova a non far deragliare un treno che corre a folle velocità su binari imperfetti, ...more
Dec 26, 2013 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hawke should stick to acting.
May 08, 2015 Fiana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ethan Hawke's writing reminds me of most of the acting roles he's playing. Something down-to-earth, focused on people and their connections and love, real and quirky.. In other words, I enjoyed it. The story is brief and pretty simple, and it's not exactly some happy love story, but it feels realistic, is a quick read, and kept me interested mostly. My main negative is that I feel there should have been more written of them and their relationship, and I would have loved to see things from Sarah' ...more
Nick Davies
Jan 30, 2016 Nick Davies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bought for me by a girlfriend (with whom I broke up shortly after - I'm not sure whether this was something in the mould of 'The Sweater Curse' or not!) this had an intelligence and fragility which lifted it above the usual 'romance' novel, and plugged into the sort of person I was at the time (a 22yr old). I agree that in some ways the artisticness and intensity of the writing denies the story of a clear narrative end, and in places the characters are so obtuse you just want to tell them to sor ...more
Matt Graupman
Ethan Hawke is a tough guy to figure out. On one hand, he's a sensitive artist in films like "Reality Bites" and "Boyhood" and, on the other hand, he's a regular in horror movies like "The Purge" and "Sinister." He seems like a guy who's into a little bit of everything so it's not a surprise that he'd try his hand at being an author; also unsurprising is that his debut novella is similarly pulled in a variety of directions. It's a "Catcher In The Rye"-style coming-of-age story, a "500 Days Of Su ...more
Meg I.
Jun 14, 2013 Meg I. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off, while I was reading this, I can imagine Jesse (Before Sunrise/Sunset)as William. The similarities were astounding i.e. character, personality, the spontaneity, and so on.

Well, I can't say I like the book, but I don't hate it either. It's bizarre. I was intrigued with the plot (and with Ethan Hawke really, great actor that he is). But in the middle of reading it, I realized there was something off about William being too love struck with Sarah that really got on my nerves. The madness
Jenni Lou
I like Ethan Hawke as an actor. He’s quite understated, yet intense. Sensitive and self-aware. And he surely has playing the broody, conflicted man/boy down. Those character-centric qualities are ever-present in his first novel, The Hottest State, though they certainly don’t translate as well through his words as they do through his performances.

I must admit I was intrigued to read this because I had read most negative reviews of it. Why that piques my interest, I couldn’t say. I don’t typically
Feb 22, 2013 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been months since I read a novel. I was quite surprised how good of a writer Ethan Hawke is. I read this in one sitting, hence I judge it a good read. Got it from the local thrift book store for only Php 20.00 (around 50 US cents) and hoarded it for idle reading time.

Narration was good. I loved the characters. And there were pretty good quotable lines in it. An easy yet insightful coming of age read.

"He said that he didn't think anyone was stupid, that it was remarkable the kind of things
Apr 20, 2016 Mags rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lot of people wouldn’t pick up this book after reading who the author is, and with great confidence, they would say that actors should just leave literature to writers. But this is no Paris-Hilton-esque novel of egotism. American actor Ethan Hawke is best known for his lead roles in “Reality Bites,” “Before Sunrise,” its sequel “Before Sunset,” and “Hamlet,” but he decided to make room for one more skill in his biography, and that is writing.

In his debut novel, he sketches the story of William
Nov 04, 2014 Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers
Recommended to Taylor by: my crush on Ethan Hawke
This was a lot better than I remembered it.

The story of a first love, supposedly fiction, but it reads too much like something that's intimately a part of his history, so I would say it has to be semiautobiographical.

William is a young Texan actor, recently moved to NYC. He's young (20), attractive and cocky, and has no trouble with ladies, at least as far as the bedroom is concerned. One night out he meets Sarah, seemingly his opposite, a shy woman who wants to be a singer. He's drawn to her qu
Mar 19, 2014 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2014
read this in a few hours and loved it. was a little difficult to get into, but well worth the effort.
I liked how both William and Sarah were so easy to like and dislike in equal measures.
the story is a simple one... the birth, falling apart and aftermath of a relationship. it is written with heart and a sense of sincerity and authenticity which made it so readable.

I had read Ash Wednesday by Ethan Hawke previously and loved that too. I am certainly looking forward to reading more by him!
Lara Iodice
Apr 17, 2015 Lara Iodice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Avevo letto "Mercoledì delle ceneri" di Ethan Hawke e mi era piaciuto tantissimo, per cui mi aspettavo un ottimo libro anche questa volta e non mi ha deluso: la storia non è niente di eccezionale, classica relazione tormentata, ma il finale non è banale e scontato. I personaggi sono tratteggiati piuttosto bene e la scrittura nel complesso è discreta, con quale frase particolarmente bella e degna di nota. Non mi ha entusiasmato come l'altro libro, ma tutto sommato merita di essere letto.
Sep 15, 2014 Fee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A simple book which caught my attention, purely due to my love of Ethan's acting work. The book was easily read and quite simple. I couldn't put it down, however i was disappointed at the end. Some lovely quotes within the book such as....

'First off, you're going to die. So that said, there is not much to worry about. No matter what else happens, you really only have two options: you can either handle things well and be happy, or you can handle them poorly and be miserable.'
Stephanie Moran
Feb 12, 2016 Stephanie Moran rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2016
Quick read. Ugh. This book seemed very fake to me. The characters just made no sense at all to me and neither did most of the story. It was like the reader was constantly waiting for something to actually happen but nothing really does.

Page 77 did have a nice quote, " 'Don't you find it odd,' she continued, 'that when you're a kid, everyone, all the world, encourages you to follow your dreams. But when you're older, somehow they act offended if you even try.' "
Aug 27, 2015 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked that the author gets beneath the exterior of the characters. One of my favorite parst is when Jimmy goes to ask the priest to marry him and his pregnant girlfriend. A Catholic would be required to go to confession before receiving a sacrament. The priest talks to Jimmy about his transgressions and Jimmy breaks down in sorrow. This is a true confession with contrition. When the Father agrees to marry them he has given absolution.
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Ethan Green Hawke is a four-time Academy Award-nominated American actor, writer and film director.

In 1988, Hawke was cast in a role in director Peter Weir's Dead Poets Society; the film's success was considered Hawke's breakthrough. He left school and appeared in A Midnight Clear, Alive, Reality Bites, Before Sunrise, Gattaca, The Newton Boys, Great Expectations, and many other movies. In 2001, he
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“Don't you find it odd," she continued, "that when you're a kid, everyone, all the world, encourages you to follow your dreams. But when you're older, somehow they act offended if you even try.” 549 likes
“It's kind of like this," Decker said: "You wake up in the middle of the night and you're dying for a glass of milk. So you stumble out of bed, stub your toe in the darkness, scream with pain, and limp your way to the refrigerator. You open it up and the light is brilliant. You're saved. Then you fold back the paper container, open up the milk, take a deep breath, and put it to your lips. Only --- yhrch! --- the milk is spoiled. Sure, you're bummed. You fold the thing close and put it back in the fridge. It's dark again. But as you're making your way to your lonely old bed, you think to yourself, Wait a minute, maybe that milk wasn't so bad. And I am still thirsty? So you do an about-face and go back to the fridge. The light warms you up again. You take a sip and yup, it's still spoiled. That, to me, is the fitting metaphor for most every relationship I've ever been in.” 25 likes
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