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Sometimes choices—like change—can’t be avoided. A bittersweet story of love and family from National Book Award finalist Deb Caletti.

Cricket has a very long week ahead of her. Her entire family has come together for her mom’s wedding, and it’s supposed to be a time for celebration. But for Cricket, the timing couldn’t be worse.

For years Cricket’s been half of the perfect c
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Kindle Edition, 402 pages
Published (first published April 24th 2012)
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Haania N
Jul 29, 2011 Haania N marked it as to-read
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
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Kate
Dec 27, 2012 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, 2012
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
Ash
Jul 09, 2012 Ash rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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?
Jennifer Monzon
May 02, 2012 Jennifer Monzon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
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
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Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
I think there will be lots of drama in this book. Sounds good to me.
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
Melannie :)
Jul 26, 2011 Melannie :) marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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 ;)

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
Carol
So far going through the oldest books on my TBR list hasn't been exciting, because I don't seem to love any of the books I read.

I get I'm a different reader than I was 5 years ago, but I'd like to think 5 years ago me would agree with these ratings. This book unfortunately didnmt do it for me.
Bee
Sep 28, 2014 Bee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I probably should not have bothered to finish this. It was boring and not particularly well written. It's supposed to be YA, not Animal Planet.
Morgan F
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Savannah (Books With Bite)
I love me a good love story. But this story I felt hard to connect too. I couldn’t quite grasp Cricket or her way of thinking.

Plot: This is about a girl named Cricket who is trying to figure out what love is. She is unsure what love is or unsure if she could love someone. Being hurt in her past, Cricket thinks a lot. I think sometimes too much. Like she over analyzes things instead of taking it for what it is. She finds it hard to trust and well, it forces her to run away. The plot has a lot of
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Bookworm1858
After enjoying the powerful Stay, I eagerly picked up this latest release from Caletti, anticipating another great story (and hearing Taylor Swift in my head; I love this song!) Would this "look (sic) a lot like a tragedy now"?

Well, sad to say this was most definitely not to my taste for many reasons. The premise I expected was a character narrating the romance and break-up with a guy. That's part of it with main character Cricket tracing her relationship with Janssen up to and past the awful th
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Dark Faerie Tales
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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
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Karen
Dec 05, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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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
Aug 29, 2012 Nic rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: made-me-cry
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Sarah
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
Davina Gadkar
Apr 25, 2016 Davina Gadkar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a beautiful, emotional, and touching book! It was so cute, filled with relatable problems, and it even had this mystery we had to figure out! There was the main storyline of Cricket dealing with change but then there's also Cricket writing letters to her ex boyfriend and we have to figure out what happened between them. The letters end up helping her deal with change and it ends with her moving on and tying lose ends. We learn about how her mom hates change too and the problems she faces be ...more
Once Upon a Twilight
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
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Molly Gebhards
The author, Deb Caletti, wrote "The Story of Us" to entertain the teen readers who like romance novels. As she tells the story of a young girl who struggles to find any consistency in her life, there are so many opportunities for a young reader to relate to the main character's problems. She writes this book from a first person perspective coming from Cricket. As most of Caletti's books are, her audience is a more of the high school readers to older middle school kids. She writes it in a way tha ...more
Lauren B
May 22, 2015 Lauren B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love with The Story of Us as soon as I started reading. I’m a huge fan of romance novels, and this book starts off with the main character already in a relationship. The main theme throughout this entire novel is about the indecisive, worried main character Cricket. She has to choose whether or not she wants to keep her boyfriend, and is constantly imagining terrible events that would stop her mother’s upcoming wedding. During the week spent at a beautiful resort before the wedding, Cr ...more
Kaitlyn Johnson
Dec 16, 2014 Kaitlyn Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the novel, The Story of Us, written by Deb Caletti. Cricket Shine is having a rough week. The whole family is getting together a week prior to celebrate her other and Dan Jax's wedding, like Cricket isn't stressed enough. Her perfect relationship for years might not be very perfect anymore, and on top of that she has to quickly decide which college she want to attend.

The story of us is a book most teenage girls would be interested in. It's just your average love story that you can relate to.
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Jenny Rush
Deb Caletti wrote "The Story of Us" to entertain the reader, more specifically a teen reader. As she tells the story of a young girl who struggles to find any consistency in her life, there are so many opportunities for a young reader to relate to Cricket's, the protagonist's, problems. She writes this book from a first person perspective coming from Cricket. As most of Caletti's books are, her audience is a more of the high school readers to older middle school kids. She writes it in a way tha ...more
Cynthia
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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 Last Forever,” 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 first book for adults, “He’s Gone,” was released from Random House in 2012, and was followed wit ...more
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