75th out of 241 books — 41 voters
Heart's Desire: A Novel (Hallie Palmer #2)
Card sharp and former wild child Hallie Palmer is in college now–and Bernard Stockton, her legal guardian, has suddenly appeared during final exams. He’s hysterical about his recent breakup with his longtime boyfriend, Gil, and wants to enlist Hallie in a scheme to win Gil back. So Hallie returns to Cosgrove County, Ohio, for the summer, to her job as live-in yard person f...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published July 26th 2005 by Ballantine Books
(first published 2005)
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Heart's Desire is the coming of age story of Hallie Palmer. Hallie has just finished her first year in college and now she's ready to spend the summer back home. Her first year at college has gone a little differently than she had expected. Despite her greatest efforts to keep good grades and keep her finances in order, Hallie has learned that the first year of college is all about partying and finding a boyfriend. Hallie is hoping that during the school break she can figure out her finances and...more
Oct 17, 2009 oliviasbooks rated it 5 of 5 stars
Hallie Palmer rules! "Heart's Desire" is not as good as "Beginner's Luck". The storyline is not as fresh and unpredictable and the inner monologue is not as amusing, but I still like Hallie and Hallie's process in growing up with the help of the extraordinary Stocktons very well. The subject of Hallie's "first time" is also tackled. And I was very grateful, that Ms Pedersen uses the opportunity to show a different - but multi-layered - view (through the eyes of unconventional Olivia Stockton) th...more
Pretty darned funny! Entertaining and witty....I loved it...What a crazy household....a chimp who mixes drinks, a gay bon vivant and his broken heart, his mother who is trying to save the world through her pen. I laughed and that doesn't happen much while I am reading!
May 13, 2008 Liz B rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Liz B by: Leanne
Another fun read. In this book, Hallie is not really the main character...nothing much important happens to her. But she tells the story, and her voice is fun and funny. This book was at its best when focusing on either Bernard or Hallie's poker games, and at its worst when Hallie is hanging out with her teenage friends. Her two friends are flat, flat, flat, and the teenage dialogue rings so false that I wonder how long it's been since Pedersen has spent any time around teenagers. Fortunately, t...more
Laura Pedersen was born in Buffalo, New York (one of "God's frozen people") in 1965, at the height of The Folk Music Scare. (For details of misspent youth see essay at 'Is there a Nurse in the Church?'). After finishing high school in 1983 she moved to Manhattan and began working on The American Stock Exchange, a time when showing up combined with basic computation skills could be parlayed into a...moreMore about Laura Pedersen...