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Cricket’s on a self-imposed break from her longtime boyfriend—but she’s picked a bad week to sort out her love life. For one thing, her mother’s romance is taking center stage: After jilting two previous fiancés, her mom is finally marrying Dan Jax, whom Cricket loves. But as wedding attendees arrive for a week of festivities at a guesthouse whose hippie owners have a swee...more
Hardcover, 389 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Simon Pulse
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Haania N
Jul 29, 2011 Haania N marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Is it sad that a very big reason why I want to read this book is because it has the same name as a Taylor Swift Song?
Thomas
I must make a comparison to Sarah Dessen. Sarah Dessen's books deal with teenaged girls finding their way in the world while fixing some flaw or issue in their lives. Her books are consistently great - so consistently great that some say they are formulaic. I, for one, love Sarah Dessen. Maybe it's the romance maniac in me, or maybe I just love how she always amazes me with her writing. She's like that annoying kid in your AP English class who always picks up on the simile or metaphor before you...more
rameau
This isn't an objective presentation of facts. This is a tangled mess of my emotions and Caletti's beautiful story, which will stay with me for a long time.

It's a good thing then that a review is by definition an opinion, isn't it.



Caletti writes some of the best realistic young adult fiction I've ever read. Full stop. Her focus isn't on the romance--which undoubtably will disappoint some--but on those very real moments of growing up. Of figuring out who you are and who is your family. Who do yo...more
Ash
Sometimes you encounter a book that you just don't know what you think about it. For me, this is one of those books. On the one hand I can understand Cricket because I am notoriously bad at making decisions. I mean seriously, I even have a hard time choosing a flavor of ice cream. But then, I don't know. For some reason I couldn't really click with this one.

Quick Overview: Cricket’s got a lot to think about. She’s on a “break” from her longtime and pretty much perfect boyfriend, Janssen, because...more
Kate
The biggest problem with this book was that it wasn't one story so much as a series of vignettes. Everything that was important was told to us and chopped up by the letters, the biggest cause of the choppiness. So much of what Cricket was engaged in was stuff we never got to see. Jannsen was a HUGE part of this book, and yet we saw him for five seconds and Cricket's letters to him felt like 90% facts about dogs. It was disappointing, and so was her deal with Ash. For all her judginess about Gavi...more
Andreia Silva
Acho que se compreende facilmente pela quantidade de quotes que o livro tem (e muitas mais que não registei) que adorei o livro! Aliás, depois de dois livros da autora, sou completamente fã. São histórias que nos ajudam a olhar para o amanhã e a ter esperança, sabem? Que nos mostra que o happily ever after não tem que acontecer para um final feliz. Esta é uma história de descoberta. Descoberta do verdadeiro eu e da verdadeira felicidade. Afinal o que é ser feliz para sempre?
Zemira Warner
Aug 15, 2012 Zemira Warner marked it as will-finish-later
Shelves: contemporary
I think there will be lots of drama in this book. Sounds good to me.
Jennifer Monzon
The Story of Us is about a girl named Cricket and we follow the story in her point of view as she encounters many changes in her life all in the course of one week. She has graduated high school and is going to college in the fall. She’s moving from her childhood home, due to her mother’s 4th engagement to a man named Dan, and they are getting married in one week. She’s also leaving behind her longtime boyfriend, who she doesn’t want to break up with but really has no choice.

I must admit as soo...more
Melannie :)
Jul 26, 2011 Melannie :) marked it as to-read
Shelves: coming-up
another Cricket, uh? But this' one's a girl. Me likes the name,

it'd be my third son's name, just after Milo and Rufus ;)

Jason
Ugh, this book is terrible. The characters aside from the protagonist barely have one dimension, let alone more. She alternates being emo and mopey, and boringly annoying, while maintaining an aura of artificiality as a character. The book felt like a professional author didn’t write it. There is zero atmosphere-building. The chapters with her letters to her luv were inserted awkwardly and while it was a way to show her relationship with him, it helped slow down the pace of the book even more by...more
Jules
I want to start out by saying that the writing itself was great. She's a great writer. She kept me reading even though I found myself hating how the story felt way too dragged out, the boy part not the wedding part. And I didn't know what the hell was going on between her and her long time boyfriend, Janssen. I still don't think I do. The book is almost over before you learn the reason for the break. It seemed like there wasn't enough interaction with the other characters to me, with the excepti...more
Morgan F
Jul 09, 2011 Morgan F marked it as to-read
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Quick & Dirty: The Story of Us feels very personal, yet puts into words many things that people think about, but rarely voice.

Opening Sentence: I found out something a out myself as all those boxes piled up: I hate change.

The Review:

The novel starts out with Cricket, who just graduated high school, moving away from her childhood home since her mother was remarrying. Cricket’s whole life seems to be changing since she is moving, starting the next chapter of...more
Karen (Book Light Graveyard)
Deb Caletti. I don’t know how she does it, but it’s like she can read my mind. I swear, she knows exactly how I feel, and then takes all those jumbled, mixed-up emotions, sorts them out, and turns them into something insightful and beautiful. And that’s what I always come away with from Caletti’s books—insight. Insight into my own life and into life in general. Her books are wonderful that way.

I actually didn’t know the plot of The Story of Us before I started reading it. I’m at that point wher...more
Wendy
I wish I could rate this higher, but I can't. I really looked forward to this since "Stay" came out, which was the BEST Caletti book. I felt like this really took a step backward towards formula and cliche.

** Spoilers from here on out ... ***

I think there was just too much going on. A mom, dad, a new step-dad, brother, aunts and an uncle, a toddler, two former almost-step dads, new step sisters, 3 friends, grandparents, a random Asian dude, great aunts, a few dogs, a hot new love interest, the...more
Michelle
This story is constructed in an interesting way. We meet Cricket's family--her, her brother Ben, and their mother--in the present as they are all packing up to go to the beach where their mother is marrying Dan Jax, or so Cricket and Ben hope, since their mother has a habit of leaving her fiances hanging the closer the wedding comes. However, all of our exposition about the characters' histories is given to us through letters Cricket writes to her ex-ish-boyfriend and her brother's best friend,...more
Adriana
I had to find a secluded place to finish reading this one because I was bawling my eyes out. I really, really loved this book. It may have just been the main character's personality that rang true to me, but I also think it was just a really well thought out book with great characters who had flaws but were imperfectly perfect just the same. I also thought that Cricket's personality traits were basically who I was as a teen (and who I still am in many ways). There were countless times she said o...more
Nic
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Sarah
Dec 31, 2012 Sarah added it
I had to skim through a lot of the dog stuff because I just can't handle it. My older dog is in great health, but is in double digits age-wise,so I've become even more sensitive to stories involving aging pets. About 90 pages in I had to set this down and hug my Saoirse Dog for a good ten minutes. I will say that unlike the vast majority of YA novels that include a pet, this is in no way manipulative nor a plot device to simply illicit an emotional reaction. It's real and very sensitively handle...more
Cynthia
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Valerie Cole
Can I give this one 5 stars for prose and 3.5 stars for story? There were so many gorgeous passages, I had to break the pen out to underline more than once. I rarely do that, but there were so many times I thought Caletti explained things beautifully and I was left wondering "wow! I wish I had read/known this way earlier in my life." It would have made navigating relationships so much easier.

Any suggestions on what my next Caletti read should be?
Lexxi Delaney
Throughout this book, Cricket goes through a lot. At the beginning leading up a week before her mothers wedding, she is trying to figure out her future and where she sees herself in the world, where the relationship of her and her long-term boyfriend are going, and how to get along with everything in her life that is changing.

I think that the authors point for writing this book, would be to show what it means to have family there for you and how it makes a difference in your life. The story of U...more
Sophie Redmond
The Story of Us, by Deb Caletti is a realistic fiction love story. Cricket has broken up with her boyfriend, and its probably the worst week to be thinking about him, who is called Janssen. Crickets mom is getting married to a man called Dan. Dan is the third fiance that Cricket's mom has had, and Cricket is scared that she will leave him at the last minute, just as she did to the last two. With Cricket trying to sort out everything with Janssen, her new stepsisters to be are being extremely unw...more
Rivalie
3.5/5 STARS
Cricket is really anti-change and there are some things going on between her and her boyfriend that she needs some peace and quiet to think things through. However, this week, her mother happens to be getting married to a guy that Cricket loves so she can't exactly focus on her own love life. To add to the mix, the whole family is going to be spending a week together at a beach house to bond as a family, including Dan, her mother's fiance, and his two daughters. There are a lot of tri...more
Carly
Eh. Not that special. Cricket is taking a break from her longtime boyfriend because of some undisclosed "terrible" thing she did. In the meantime her mother is on the verge of getting remarried and Cricket meets some other hot guy who further confuses her. Her relationship with her boyfriend, Janssen, is told through emails she is sending him, all of which start out with random lists of things about dogs, for no reason I could discover. The emails, while eventually informative, really slowed dow...more
Brianne Durrant
This book was okay. I thought some of the plots were a little confusing. "The Story of Us" is about Cricket who has to figure out what exactly she wants from her relationship with Janssen, which she somewhat ruined. I would recommend this book to freshmen and up, because they are more likely to understand this book.
Brooke
Overall, it was a nice story with decent character development. There are some funny parts and some sad parts as the main character, Cricket, tells the story of her family. The main character talked about dogs way too much though for me to believe she's 18 years old.
Amanda
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Emily  (ObsessedReader)
It took me a while to get into the book, but once I did I fell in love. I just adore Deb Caletti's writing!
The ending of the story was pretty obvious from about the middle of the book, but that made it no less heartbreaking and wonderful. I highly recommend this book!
Maryam Dinzly
I searched for this book on the internet and in the library for AGES. Okay, maybe that was an exaggeration. But it seemed like I couldnt find it. So when I did, I was really excited. The first thing that came to my mind when I finished this book though, was "FUCK". Pardon my bad language, and no, the book wasnt bad or horrible. It was awesome, just that I didnt like the ending hehe. Basically, this book is about Cricket having to deal with change. She hated change because of how it affects her a...more
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Deb Caletti is an award winning author and National Book Award finalist. Her many books for young adults include “The Nature of Jade,” “Stay,” “The Story of Us,” and "Honey, Baby Sweetheart," winner of the Washington State Book award, the PNBA Best Book Award, and a finalist for the PEN USA Award. Her tenth book with Simon & Schuster, “The Last Forever,” released in April 2014. Her first book...more
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