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
Wow, this book was incredible. It's funn ...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
And what was it about everyone not calling people back in this book? Every time I turned the page, someone was calling someone, looking at the caller ID, and ignoring the call. Or hanging up on each other! And then after they hung up on each other they would text each other. Society, I'm sad about you if this is what we're doing now.
• 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
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
On the first day of junior year, Wes surveys his classmates in his language arts class only to briefly p ...more
As I alluded to in the summary, th ...more
This was a thoughtful book and one I enjoyed reading. I certainly appreciated there was no eye contact from across and ...more
The first time Wes saw June, fireworks definitely did not go off. He thought her greenish-blue eyes were set too far apart, and her hair looked as though she had stepped right out of the shower. June resembled a sea-creature, and not in a mermaid-like way.
He started calling her Aqua Girl, and eventually all Wes wanted was for June to be his.
Their affair is tumultuous, just like most teenagers in the throes of first love. Wes soon discovers that his relatio ...more
This book was a fun, quick read full of intelligent and entertaining characters. June and Wes were both really fun. You get to read about them i ...more
I could not tolerate the third person distant weird storytelling. It drove me nuts. I felt like my 5 years old daughter was methodically telling me what happened in a movie. It was just so emotionless, dull and utterly frustrating narration ...more
You know what will happen in the end by just looking the book cover. And nothing interesting happens in-between. The only time i enjoyed reading it when the girl was leaving and i was just hoping maybe they will forget each other and move on.
Oh well, hopefully next one will be better.
I liked this because it was a pretty realistic read about just a girl and a guy liking each other bordering on life changing love, and those feelings that go with it.
Not at all over the top with the romance, not too exciting either. But not cheesy, silly or unrealistically fake.
I would say this is not for everyone. It's not terribly exciting either, very little drama, no huge climactic event that changes the course of the characters.