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The Story of Us

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  5,990 ratings  ·  410 reviews
Cricket’s on a self-imposed break from her longtime boyfriend—but she’s picked a bad week to sort out her love life. For one thing, her mother’s romance is taking center stage: After jilting two previous fiancés, her mom is finally marrying Dan Jax, whom Cricket loves. But as wedding attendees arrive for a week of festivities at a guesthouse whose hippie owners have a swee ...more
Hardcover, 389 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Jul 29, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Is it sad that a very big reason why I want to read this book is because it has the same name as a Taylor Swift Song?
I must make a comparison to Sarah Dessen. Sarah Dessen's books deal with teenaged girls finding their way in the world while fixing some flaw or issue in their lives. Her books are consistently great - so consistently great that some say they are formulaic. I, for one, love Sarah Dessen. Maybe it's the romance maniac in me, or maybe I just love how she always amazes me with her writing. She's like that annoying kid in your AP English class who always picks up on the simile or metaphor before you ...more
This isn't an objective presentation of facts. This is a tangled mess of my emotions and Caletti's beautiful story, which will stay with me for a long time.

It's a good thing then that a review is by definition an opinion, isn't it.

Caletti writes some of the best realistic young adult fiction I've ever read. Full stop. Her focus isn't on the romance--which undoubtably will disappoint some--but on those very real moments of growing up. Of figuring out who you are and who is your family. Who do yo
May 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Sometimes you encounter a book that you just don't know what you think about it. For me, this is one of those books. On the one hand I can understand Cricket because I am notoriously bad at making decisions. I mean seriously, I even have a hard time choosing a flavor of ice cream. But then, I don't know. For some reason I couldn't really click with this one.

Quick Overview: Cricket’s got a lot to think about. She’s on a “break” from her longtime and pretty much perfect boyfriend, Janssen, because
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, 2012
The biggest problem with this book was that it wasn't one story so much as a series of vignettes. Everything that was important was told to us and chopped up by the letters, the biggest cause of the choppiness. So much of what Cricket was engaged in was stuff we never got to see. Jannsen was a HUGE part of this book, and yet we saw him for five seconds and Cricket's letters to him felt like 90% facts about dogs. It was disappointing, and so was her deal with Ash. For all her judginess about Gavi ...more
Jennifer Monzon
May 02, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2012
The Story of Us is about a girl named Cricket and we follow the story in her point of view as she encounters many changes in her life all in the course of one week. She has graduated high school and is going to college in the fall. She’s moving from her childhood home, due to her mother’s 4th engagement to a man named Dan, and they are getting married in one week. She’s also leaving behind her longtime boyfriend, who she doesn’t want to break up with but really has no choice.

I must admit as soo
May 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
Ugh, this book is terrible. The characters aside from the protagonist barely have one dimension, let alone more. She alternates being emo and mopey, and boringly annoying, while maintaining an aura of artificiality as a character. The book felt like a professional author didn’t write it. There is zero atmosphere-building. The chapters with her letters to her luv were inserted awkwardly and while it was a way to show her relationship with him, it helped slow down the pace of the book even more by ...more
Quick review for a quick read. I'll admit that Deb Caletti seems to draw me into her stories because her characters always feel very vivid and draw me in whenever I pick up a book by her. "The Story of Us" was a good read, if a bit convoluted in terms of the narration. In parts it worked, in others it didn't. It's the story of Cricket (a.k.a Catherine) - a young woman who's in between a number of different relationships and weights in her life. Her mother's getting married to Dan Jax (a man who' ...more
Zemira Warner
Jul 05, 2011 marked it as will-finish-later
Shelves: contemporary
I think there will be lots of drama in this book. Sounds good to me.
Melannie :)
Jul 26, 2011 marked it as to-read
Shelves: coming-up
another Cricket, uh? But this' one's a girl. Me likes the name,

it'd be my third son's name, just after Milo and Rufus ;)

Sep 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
I probably should not have bothered to finish this. It was boring and not particularly well written. It's supposed to be YA, not Animal Planet. ...more
I want to start out by saying that the writing itself was great. She's a great writer. She kept me reading even though I found myself hating how the story felt way too dragged out, the boy part not the wedding part. And I didn't know what the hell was going on between her and her long time boyfriend, Janssen. I still don't think I do. The book is almost over before you learn the reason for the break. It seemed like there wasn't enough interaction with the other characters to me, with the excepti ...more
Morgan F
Jul 09, 2011 marked it as to-read
Sep 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
I hated this ending. All this build-up was a let down. You could relate but no one spoke up. Geez, what a great relationship and an awful ending
Aug 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: made-me-cry
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Jun 03, 2018 rated it liked it
So this book was given to me by a friend, and I was expecting a nice, light contemporary read. And it definitely was a light read! It was great to be reading while I was reading other intense books.
BUT this book ended up being only about a 2.5-3 stars for me. I'm a little iffy on the exact rating.

There were some great things about this book:
1. I loved the letters that Cricket was writing to Janssen - especially all the lists about why dogs are amazing animals! It was a nice way to have almost li
Jun 01, 2012 rated it liked it
This story is constructed in an interesting way. We meet Cricket's family--her, her brother Ben, and their mother--in the present as they are all packing up to go to the beach where their mother is marrying Dan Jax, or so Cricket and Ben hope, since their mother has a habit of leaving her fiances hanging the closer the wedding comes. However, all of our exposition about the characters' histories is given to us through letters Cricket writes to her ex-ish-boyfriend and her brother's best friend, ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Mar 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: The Story of Us feels very personal, yet puts into words many things that people think about, but rarely voice.

Opening Sentence: I found out something a out myself as all those boxes piled up: I hate change.

The Review:

The novel starts out with Cricket, who just graduated high school, moving away from her childhood home since her mother was remarrying. Cricket’s whole life seems to be changing since she is moving, starting the next chapter of her
Mar 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
So heartfelt and emotional. BRB going to go cry now.
Jul 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-read, read-2012
After enjoying the powerful Stay, I eagerly picked up this latest release from Caletti, anticipating another great story (and hearing Taylor Swift in my head; I love this song!) Would this "look (sic) a lot like a tragedy now"?

Well, sad to say this was most definitely not to my taste for many reasons. The premise I expected was a character narrating the romance and break-up with a guy. That's part of it with main character Cricket tracing her relationship with Janssen up to and past the awful th
I had to find a secluded place to finish reading this one because I was bawling my eyes out. I really, really loved this book. It may have just been the main character's personality that rang true to me, but I also think it was just a really well thought out book with great characters who had flaws but were imperfectly perfect just the same. I also thought that Cricket's personality traits were basically who I was as a teen (and who I still am in many ways). There were countless times she said o ...more
I wish I could rate this higher, but I can't. I really looked forward to this since "Stay" came out, which was the BEST Caletti book. I felt like this really took a step backward towards formula and cliche.

** Spoilers from here on out ... ***

I think there was just too much going on. A mom, dad, a new step-dad, brother, aunts and an uncle, a toddler, two former almost-step dads, new step sisters, 3 friends, grandparents, a random Asian dude, great aunts, a few dogs, a hot new love interest, the
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Deb Caletti. I don’t know how she does it, but it’s like she can read my mind. I swear, she knows exactly how I feel, and then takes all those jumbled, mixed-up emotions, sorts them out, and turns them into something insightful and beautiful. And that’s what I always come away with from Caletti’s books—insight. Insight into my own life and into life in general. Her books are wonderful that way.

I actually didn’t know the plot of The Story of Us before I started reading it. I’m at that point wher
Savannah (Books With Bite)
I love me a good love story. But this story I felt hard to connect too. I couldn’t quite grasp Cricket or her way of thinking.

Plot: This is about a girl named Cricket who is trying to figure out what love is. She is unsure what love is or unsure if she could love someone. Being hurt in her past, Cricket thinks a lot. I think sometimes too much. Like she over analyzes things instead of taking it for what it is. She finds it hard to trust and well, it forces her to run away. The plot has a lot of
Mar 20, 2012 added it
I had to skim through a lot of the dog stuff because I just can't handle it. My older dog is in great health, but is in double digits age-wise,so I've become even more sensitive to stories involving aging pets. About 90 pages in I had to set this down and hug my Saoirse Dog for a good ten minutes. I will say that unlike the vast majority of YA novels that include a pet, this is in no way manipulative nor a plot device to simply illicit an emotional reaction. It's real and very sensitively handle ...more
Aug 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
Seriously one of the worst books I've ever read and I read about a book a day so that's saying a lot. From the get go I just couldn't relate to all the metaphors she used for EVERYTHING. And don't get me wrong I love dogs but I felt like this whole book was actually about Jupiter not Cricket.

Cricket and her boyfriend Jannsen have some fight and we don't even know what it's about until the end. Worst of all she never actually makes a decision. The book has no ending. It ended like it began with
Apr 29, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
WHAT IS THIS?!?!?!?! WHAT IS THIS??!?!?!?!?!

Terrible, Awful, Horrible. Honestly, I love my fluffy, cutesy teeny-bopper novels more than just about anyone but this one was boring. I'll even read the pure, guilty-pleasure fluff, but it has to keep me interested at least. This book was boring. Also, I think you have to have a shared affinity with Cricket of Dogs or you will not enjoy this. Too much dog-talk! I like dogs, but I don't want to read a whole book about them. Oh, ya, that's right...I sai
Valerie Cole
Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Can I give this one 5 stars for prose and 3.5 stars for story? There were so many gorgeous passages, I had to break the pen out to underline more than once. I rarely do that, but there were so many times I thought Caletti explained things beautifully and I was left wondering "wow! I wish I had read/known this way earlier in my life." It would have made navigating relationships so much easier.

Any suggestions on what my next Caletti read should be?
Brianne Durrant
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was okay. I thought some of the plots were a little confusing. "The Story of Us" is about Cricket who has to figure out what exactly she wants from her relationship with Janssen, which she somewhat ruined. I would recommend this book to freshmen and up, because they are more likely to understand this book. ...more
Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Deb Caletti is the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of over sixteen books for adults and young adults, including Honey, Baby, Sweetheart, a finalist for the National Book Award, and A Heart in a Body in the World, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book. Her books have also won the Josette Frank Award for Fiction, the Washington State Book Award, and numerous other state awards and honors, and ...more

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