Since his parents' divorce, John's mother hasn't touched him, her new fiancé wants them to move away, and his father would rather be anywhere than at Friday night dinner with his son. It's no wonder John writes articles like "Interview with the Stepfather" and "Memoirs from Hell." The only release he finds is in homemade zines like the amazing Escape Velocity by Marisol, a...more
Then this is the book for you. Meet John Galardi, a loner and a teenager with divorced parents, trying to express himself through his zine, Bananafish. His inspiration, Marisol Guzman, creator of the zine Escape Velocity and a self proclaimed "rich spoiled lesbian private-school gifted-and-talented writer virgin."
The two would m...more
Regardless -- this is a story about John, who falls in love with his lesbian best friend Marisol, and how they manage to navigate their own problems and the problems between them and come out feeling if not whole at...more
John comes from a broken family and he's pretty much a loner ("a witty misanthrope", according to him). Marisol is an adopted Puerto Rican "rich spoiled lesbian private-school gifted-and-talented writer virgin looking for love." At the start of their friendship, everything is alright. Marisol is a bit guarded though of her feelings and she doesn'...more
Gio, the alone teenage boy doesn't really understand the "liking" of the oposite sex, but when he meets Marisol, who in this case is lesbian, he falls in love. Giving the impression that he doesn't really know what he wants. Marisol is a bit confused as well. She knows that her preference i...more
“Zine” is the name for an independent publication or alternative newsletter, with topics ranging from self-exploration to punk bands to comics to travel to DIY instructions and on and on. Check out http://www.denverzinelibrary.org!
Hard Love is all about a boy who finds a girl’s zine, falls in love, and then has his heart broken. Essentially. But it’s also about the secret world of zines, writing...more
Walking passed that person- that girl or guy you just can’t stop thinking of-gives you a bag of butterflies fluttering around in your stomach. You find your mind wondering off. How wonderful life wou- then you come back to earth realizing that no matter what he/she will never love you back. This is the slice of a bigger heart in the book Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger.
In the book Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger, a boy named John “Giovanni” meets a girl named Marisol sim...more
John Galardi, high school junior and zine writer, comes from a broken Boston-area home. During the week he lives with his depressed mother, who refuses to touch him, and on weekends he visits his cold selfish father and distributes copies of his zine at the nearby Tower Records. (yeah, the concept of a print zine is kind of da...more
John’s voice feels very authentic, pouring out on the page what is hard for him to speak out loud. The layout of the book is engaging, with drawings and collages in the front pages, some paragraphs skewed at odd angles, handwritten notes and poems on lined paper, and excerpts from cut-and-paste xeroxed zines....more
This novel explores themes relevant to young adults, including self-discovery, testing boundaries, sexu...more
1. I love that this is like historical fiction now, but a complete letter to my high school heart. Zines in print, life before cell phones, Tower fucking Records!
2. The subdued & not-so-subdued rage of the narrator. The way other people's emotions funnel into you & are compressed into anger. The powerlessness of that life.
3. The denial of sexuality, the lies we tell ourselves. I remembered so clearly, so sharply that it hurt, the firm belief I he...more
"I'm not gay," I told her, though I really had no strong evidence for saying so. "At least I don't think I am."
"There are other closets."
John Galardi is pretty miserable. His parents sp...more
I thought Ellen Wittlinger's Hard Love was a fantastic book. The way she discussed the emotions o...more
I think that John’s family should have communicated more in the past. If John and his family had better communication, they would understand one another much better. Also,...more