This One Time with Julia
David Lampson
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This One Time with Julia

3.08 of 5 stars 3.08  ·  rating details  ·  199 ratings  ·  43 reviews
The story of Joe, a boy who can
fall in love but can’t grow up

After Joe’s parents died, he stopped growing up.
He doesn’t know where his money comes from.
His diet consists primarily of cheeseburgers from
McDonald’s. He plays basketball on the level of
a pro, but he has only ever played on the streets.

Then his brother disappears, and Julia shows up. Joe
falls in love with Julia...more
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Published (first published February 2nd 2012)
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This One Time with Julia is the most fucked up book I've ever had the chance to read.

She popped his zit.
Kissed the spot.
And broke up with him because he licked her last cookie.
Everyone in this book is crazy.
Even Joe.
Literally crazy.


There is no plot. The characters are brainless beings who just float around during the course of this book giggling, kissing, being criminals and killing each other. Nobody talks like these people. Not even those homeless people at intersections that keep...more
Originally reviewed on reutreads, a young adult book blog.

I honestly don't know what to say about this book.

It's quite brilliant. I absolutely loved it.

Admittedly, I was going to deduct a star for the ending. While a bit profound, the ending of This One Time With Julia is abrupt, not really giving any closure.

But then I remember Alvin. And Houston. And Ms. Delancey. I remember Joe's signature and then Alvin again. I remember Julia--who is not the Manic Pixie Dream Girl the summary suggests. I re...more
Weird, and not necissarily very good, but when in the mood for weird, it certainly works.
This book was a s**tshow. What a waste of time.
This One Time With Julia is one of the strangest books I have ever read and I do not mean that in a good way. Half the time I didn't have a clue what was going on and when I finished the book I was left wondering what the heck the point of the book was.

Joe is a very weird boy. He is 18-years-old but he can't read, has very little education, he lives on his older brother's couch, and he is very naive. I almost wondered at times of he had some mental issues but it was never mentioned. Joe's brothe...more
This One Time With Julia is the prime example of why sometimes you just have to stick with a book until you really understand it. It took me a long time to understand Joe.

Everything with Joe felt like a hazy mess of who-knows-what. I started to wonder if it was the writing or if this really was Joe's character...kinda slow, mentally. When you throw in the fact that Joe starts hallucinating conversations with his twin brother, it just got weirder.

It was some point after the third hallucination...more
Well this was a strange little book… To be honest, if I hadn’t been reading it for the Debut Author’s ARC Tour I don’t think I would have finished it. I am glad that I did finish it, because it grew on me…a little anyway. The story is told by Joe. It doesn’t take long to realize that Joe is different. Joe is the only character I sort of liked. He was sweet and quirky. The other characters were downright strange and awful! Neither of Joe’s brothers really cared about him. Julia was just too self...more
Although the cover and the book blurb might make some readers think this title is about a joyful road trip taken by two madcap teens falling in love, it's far from that. In many respects, it's a story about madness, living on the edge, and self-absorption as well as individuals who are morally bankrupt. I don't know who I felt sorrier for among this whole lot. Joe and Alvin are twin brothers living in California whose parents disappeared when they were quite young. After leaving Los Angeles with...more
Als ich zum ersten Mal von "Vom Finden der Liebe und anderen Dingen" erfahren habe, war ich auf dieses Buch sehr gespannt und habe gehofft, dass mich das Buch so richtig umhauen könnte, aber leider war dies nicht der Fall.

Dabei war die Grundidee an sich gar nicht mal schlecht: Joe und Alvin klangen auf den ersten Blick sehr vielversprechend und ich wollte unbedingt mehr über die ungleichen Brüder erfahren, aber leider wurde die Geschichte für mich immer mehr zur Qual, da der Schreibstil alles an...more
Manchmal ist die Liebe kurz. Aber aufregend.
Joe ist das komplette Gegenteil seines Zwillingsbruders Alvin und irgendwie nicht so recht von dieser Welt. Aber zum Glück hat Joe ja Alvin, der sich stets um ihn gekümmert hat. Zumindest so lange, bis der sich Hals über Kopf in Julia verliebte. Und plötzlich ist Alvin spurlos verschwunden. Dafür taucht Julia bei Joe auf und bittet ihn, ihr bei der Suche nach Alvin zu helfen. Gemeinsam machen sich die beiden auf nach Tennessee und bald...more
Ina Vainohullu f
Der 18-jährige Joe lebt in seiner eigenen kleinen Welt, die jedoch tief erschüttert wird, als sein Zwillingsbruder Alvin spurlos verschwindet und dessen Freundin Julia bei ihm auftaucht. Julia bittet ihn um Hilfe und so macht sich Joe auf und stürzt in das größte Abenteuer seines Lebens.

Auf dieser einzigartigen Reise findet der zurückgebliebene junge Mann nicht nur seine große Liebe, sondern er findet auch heraus was tatsächlich mit seinem Bruder passiert ist und er lernt Dinge von denen er nich...more
I JUST finished this book and...
It was certainly not what I was expecting and I'm not going to go too deep into what happened. I went in thinking that it would be a John Green-esque road trip with a quirky coming-of age aspect mixed together with some mystery and intrigue. This book was no such thing. In fact, Joe, the main character, was almost always disconnected from his surroundings, which made reading it a surreal, disjointed experience. And the fact that we weren't shown the very lar...more
For all of you who like weird books, this one is for you! Joe isn't the brightest boy in the bunch--he'd rather gamble than learn to read or be lazy instead of be productive. He might be LD or have Asberger's or something else, but no one has cared enough to find out for him. His twin brother Alvin likes that Joe never changes, but Alvin isn't the most mentally stable kid in town either.

When Alvin disappears, Joe escapes with Alvin's ex-girlfriend and basically takes his place as pool boy. Joe f...more
Zoe Cohen
Joe is 18 and is not the brightest person. He lived on his older brother, Alvin's, couch. He only eats cheeseburgers and pizza, and has a gambling problem. The story is told from Joe's view switching back and forth from past to present. He is explaining this time he had with his girlfriend Julia. On top of the story he is telling Alvin has disappeared.

The book was confusing. The switching from the story to real life along with two separate plots made the book really confusing to follow. It didn...more
This is going to be a short review because I really didn't like this book. I liked that it was short, I was able to read it all in one night and honestly if it had been longer, I probably would have given up on it. The first thing that struck me was the awkward dialogue. It sounded so forced. I thought for awhile that maybe Joe had some sort of mental disorder and when it was finally explained that he had ADD, it made a little more sense. But really, everyone in the book (with the possible excep...more
First of all, this book is unlike anything you've ever read before. The characters and plot are weird and verging on the edge of unsettling.

The protagonist Joe is an odd one; he only eats cheeseburgers from McDonalds, lives off his brother Marcus and has no sense of maturity or independence. He meets Julia who is seemingly normal but speaks nonsense in her sleep... creepy. There really isn't a plot line to this story so it will only take a few days to read. The plot line itself is dull,
Weird, wacky, and witty. This One Time with Julia's secrets unfold smoothly, desultorily while its plot rushes headlong with all the subtlety of a runaway eighteen-wheeler. Lampson seems to relish taking his readers for a ride, and I enjoyed every minute of going along with him. The characters are idiosyncratic, the language is strange, and the story is sad, but the book is almost perfect. I just wanted to hug poor Joe and Julia, even while I laughed out loud at their quirks. A solid story peopl...more
Melissa Zavala
At this point Alvin just ran off from home. I believe that joe and Julia will eventually fall in love when they go on the road trip together.
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Quirky characters are part and parcel of great YA fiction, butThis One Time With Julia may have taken things a bit too far. Despite my willingness to follow what promised to be a difficult character, I found it challenging to even understand what was happening in the novel. At times, it felt as though David Lampson was attempting to channel Daniel Keyes' groundbreakingFlowers for Algernon, but there was no heart or rationality to the story....more
Weirdest book of my life. Do not read. I was confused from beginning to end.
jb tomkinson
It's soooooo slow. Just like the main character
I just could not get into this book. The narrator, Joe, bothered the hell out of me. He wasn't too horrid to read when there wasn't dialog, but the dialog was atrocious. People do not talk like that. The one line that really stuck out at me was something like this.

"I miss you, Alvin" "You too are the one that I miss"


I got 50 pages in and I couldn't go on. I have a bad habit of reading books that have my name in it, but this one I just couldn't.

It may be a book for someone, but just not m...more
Before the murder, Joe had a twin brother named Alvin. (Or maybe his name was Joe and Joe’s name was Alvin. Joe can’t be sure because Alvin liked to switch their names before their parents disappeared.) Alvin was in love with a girl named Julia. This is about the time that Joe met Julia.

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Seriously, this book puts me on a bit of a tilt! I liked it, don't get me wrong, but it was strange! The innocence of Joe is something that you just don't see these days, and I kinda appreciate it. :)
I'm ready for anything else that Mr. Lampson prints out!

*won from Goodreads
Jordyn B
I made it almost halfway through this book before I just couldn't take it anymore. It goes NOWHERE. There is no plot. The characters are bland and boring and frankly, weird. I was super disappointed. I kept expecting something to happen and eventually I gave up.
I can't believe this book had ANY negative reviews. It was freaking AMAZING. From the first page to the last. I fell in love with the characters. If a second book was made I would probably devour it in 2 sittings also. Love. Love. Love.
3.5 to be exact
It was one of those books that bores you but you still keep reading because you would think some big climax would be reached. It did, but i wasn't as surprised as I thought I would be.
I LOVED this book. Couldn't put it down. It's brilliant how he weaves the story and the unexpected happens. Very entertaining, nice light but intriquing. I'm hoping the ending is indicative of a sequel!
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