The Big Crunch
A funny, clear-eyed view of the realities of teenage love from National Book Award winner Pete Hautman.
June and Wes do not "meet cute." They do not fall in love at first sight. They do not swoon with scorching desire. They do not believe that they are instant soul mates destined to be together forever.
This is not that kind of love story.
Instead, they just hang around in...more
This was a thoughtful book and one I enjoyed reading. I certainly appreciated there was no eye contact from across and...more
There are a couple of issues, though. For one, Hautman's version of teenage love is completely physical. He never shows us why these two lovebirds love each other. Wes loves to kiss June, but we never see why he loves to kiss June. We are supposed...more
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Thank you Pete Hautman for writing a fantastic look at contem...more
Wes and June don't have a fun "how we met" story. They kinda, sorta, literally bumped into each other after floating in and out of each others orbits at school.
Wes had broken up with his girlfriend and the beginning of the school year and June had just moved to Minnesota--her sixth move in four years due to her father's job as a workout specialist (not as in gym club but as in turning failing companies around). Wes was flailing through life, not really sure what was going on with hims...more
It helps that Wes and June are both third-person narrators: dual perspectives on their seasons of change. It also helps June that she has learned to make friends fast because her dad's c...more
Minnesota would never be her first pick for that place, until she meets Wes. Wes has recently broken up with his girlfriend, and he doesn’t really want to get involv...more
This is sort of like that movie 500 Days of Summer. There seems to be a whole lotta "unconventional" love stories coming through the pipeline these days. But, although this one is tagged as one of those "This is not a love story" love stories...it is. Just because it's not love at first sight doesn't mean it's not conventional.
I sound antagonistic, but I'm real...more
The Good Stuff
* Lovely realistic tale of first love
* very honest simple and so real, author knows and understands the up and down emotions of teens. Really brought me to my teen years & made me feel almost nostalgic
* poignant and beautifully written
* Teens trying to find their place in life, bumping around aimless at times and making stupid decisions -- yup pretty damn realistic from my memories
* Delightful quirky humour
* Although there was very little excitement, I just couldn't put t...more
Some of my favorite paragraphs:
"I like thinking about things that are far away. It's the in-between stuff that's hard. It's easy to think - to talk - about things that won't happen for a long time. Like living in a real house, or having kids, or the end of the world. The same goes for close stuff - what's going to...more
• The characters. They were all really real and relatable, not blown-out-of-proportion and overly perfect like in a lot of YA books with a romance. Wes and June were really likable, which is one of the reasons I kept reading. They had their flaws, and that just made me like them all the more.
• The relationship between Wes and June. Unlike sooo many YA books you see, this book didn't use the cliche "boy/girl of my dreams... literally" or "instantaneous, deep,...more
Wow, this book was incredible. It's funn...more
I have been wanting to read The Big Crunch by Pete Hautman ever since I read Kate's review of it at Book Aunt earlier this year. It is not often you find a book about ordinary every day teens in a typical relationship in YA books. No one here discovers their romantic interest is a vampire/werewolf/fallen angel/creature of Faerie. No one here turns out to have magical or supernatural powers or a hidden mythical heritage. There are no tragedies/disasters/psychological trauma...more
Since I'm a high school librarian, 99.9% of my checkouts come directly from my school (except audio books). I rarely browse other libraries since I am already surrounded by an awesome selection of books each day. I have been using the public library system to request audio books, however, and the other day I took a quick glance at some audio books and found a few shelves of new YA fiction in the same place. The cover of The Big Crunch drew me in immediately, reminding me of the movie...more
On the first day of junior year, Wes surveys his classmates in his language arts class only to briefly p...more
Wes is typically lovable. Goofy friends, smart, but embarrassed by his little sister's brutal honesty.
June and Wes notice each other immediately and ignore their attraction until they literally bump into each other...and June gets a...more
Of course, that strategy is made-for-YA failure, in this...more
Anyway, I gave The Big Crunch a try because I fell in love with its cover. I knew it would be a book I would either love (as much as I love the cover) or it would be the book t...more
As I alluded to in the summary, th...more
The story is a no-frills account of the buddi...more
This is no paranormal instantaneous love affair. It's not filled with end-of-the-world battles, evil 'beautiful' girls or over...more