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The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd
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Feb 03, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction
Read in February, 2010

Dade wants something...more. If only he knew what, and if only he knew how to get it. Instead he has an unsatisfying non-relationship with Pablo and a dream of leaving Cedarville to go to college. The summer before he leaves, though, things start to change. He ends it with Pablo and starts something with Alex that seems more real and permanent. He and Lucy find each other as friends, while his parents seem to be falling apart. Everything is changing in ways both good and bad and Dade does not know necessarily how to deal with it.

This is a beautifully written book. Nick Burd has a talent for noticing and describing little things that make the book feel full in setting and context. As such, the plot - while revolving primarily around Dade and his struggle to accept his own feelings - is not as annoyingly one-note as many YA LGBTQ novels are. I found _The Vast Fields of Ordinary_ to be a highly enjoyable reading experience.

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