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The Big Crunch by Pete Hautman
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May 05, 11

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Read from March 31 to April 01, 2011

When Wes saw June for the first time, he did not think too much about her. In fact she reminded him of a fish with “thick lips, a wide mouth, greenish-blue eyes that were a little too far apart” and he referred to her as “fish girl.” Wes had just broken up with Izzy, and June had just moved to Minnesota and was beginning her sixth school in four years. Neither was really looking for love but they eventually found each other and fell hard. Hautman tells their story in the third person alternating between June and Wes. June deals with her parents and their lame advice on all the moving they do with platitudes like “move on Junie, the past is the past” and There Is No Reverse Gear in Time Machine, a book her dad once read. They fail to see the toll all the moving is having on June, especially when she meets Wes and begins falling for him. As their relationship grows stronger June gets the awful news that they are moving again. Will June and Wes be able to keep their relationship going between Minnesota and Omaha, Nebraska? Do they want to keep it going? These questions and other issues of families and friends fill out the book with good character development and a quiet plot. Not your typical Hautman book which will probably appeal more to girls.

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