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Unimaginable Zero Summer: A Novel

3.5  ·  Rating Details ·  68 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Perhaps you too have experienced the nausea brought on by the arrival of an invitation to a high school reunion.

Bookstore clerk and culture junker Verity Presti will soon attend her fifteenth reunion with her boyfriend, the unfortunately but aptly named Charlie Brown, who lives with his parents while training to be an urban shaman—a modern-day medicine man somewhat capabl
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 26th 2005 by Three Rivers Press (first published January 1st 2005)
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Jess Riley
Apr 02, 2013 Jess Riley rated it it was amazing
I LOVED THIS BOOK! Leslie Stella is my new author crush. So smart, witty, endearing...quirky yet accessible characters, incredible lines. A reviewer on amazon (MC Quake) perfectly summed up my feelings on this one (Leslie has a "keen eye for the absurdity of the mundane"). I'd just attempted to read a bestselling (but HORRIBLY written) book, and this was the perfect antidote.

On to Permanent Record!
Apr 09, 2015 Jeanne rated it really liked it
Leslie Stella does it again!

Verity Presti has no desire to attend her 15-year high school reunion. Why would she? She’s a bookstore clerk, and she’s dating a man named Charlie Brown.

The good news is, Verity’s high school friends don’t really feel great about the reunion either. One friend, Will, is a KJ (karaoke jockey). See? Verity’s not doing so poorly after all.

The greatness of this novel comes from two places: the setting (Chicago) and Stella’s humor. Leslie Stella knows Chicago, and she kn
Kristin Dow
May 27, 2015 Kristin Dow rated it it was ok
Second book to read from this writer. Had some memorable lines, but found it hard to keep the couples straight; they seemed too much alike, miserable and lost. Quirky cast but didn't become invested in any of their experiences.
Susan Reed
Sep 29, 2015 Susan Reed rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
poor, rambling, pointless
Aug 15, 2014 Kacper rated it liked it
Surprisingly good and funny
This was a funny, quick read and I could relate to it as a few years back I went to my 10 year high school reunion. I love the character Verity and share her appreciation for thrifting. And her boyfriend, Charlie Brown the aspiring Urban Shaman was funny. I liked how relatable the characters were and reminded me of people I know.
Feb 26, 2007 kelly rated it it was ok
Simple quick read...witty and funny...characters I can relate to...takes place in Chicago and is fun to read about the neighborhood I live in...sometimes the main character is kinda annoying. Stella sometimes adds fantastic events in her books which can either be funny or just completely unbelievable
Jul 21, 2009 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Normally I like flawed characters. The main flaw for these characters is their self absorption. I found it difficult to tell them apart. But I would say the book improved as I continued reading.
Oct 23, 2012 Susan rated it liked it
I really like the author's writing style. The story wasn't what I expected it to be, but it was entertaining.
Apr 09, 2012 Jenn rated it it was ok
Ehhh, it was ok. Felt disjointed and rambling alot.
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LESLIE STELLA is the author of the YA novel, Permanent Record (March 2013, Skyscape), and three previous novels of contemporary adult fiction, Unimaginable Zero Summer, The Easy Hour, and Fat Bald Jeff. She was a founding editor of the Chicago-based politics and satire magazine Lumpen, and her work has been published in The Mississippi Review, The Adirondack Review, Bust, Easy Listener, and anthol ...more
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