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Not Exactly a Love Story

3.37  ·  Rating details ·  841 ratings  ·  159 reviews
It's 1977. 

Fifteen-year old Vinnie isn't having a good year. He's recovering from the worst case of galloping acne his dermatologist's ever seen. His girl moved to California without even saying good-bye. And the ink on his parents divorce papers is barely dry, when his mom announces that they're moving from Queens to Long Island.

The silver lining in all this is that they
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published December 11th 2012 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published December 1st 2011)
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Aj the Ravenous Reader
“Sociologists have pointed out that attractive people get treated better than less attractive ones. They get more complimented more often. They get unsolicited favors. They get a distorted impression of their importance. It makes sense. If you looked in a mirror and saw that you were beautiful, you’d be satisfied, wouldn’t you? You’d look more often, and each time you’d feel that same satisfaction. After a while, you wouldn’t have to look in the mirror to get that feeling going. You’d just ha ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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The year is 1977 and Vinnie’s world has been turned upside down. Not only did his parents (who he thought got along just fine) divorce, but only a few months later his mother remarried – and to his arch nemesis, Mr. B the PE teacher, no less. Uprooted from Queens to Long Island Vinnie isn’t quite sure how to fit in. When he happens to find the phone number of the girl of his dreams – who just so happens to be the girl next door – he de
Jun 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Okay... that was cute in a really weird way. Not memorable but kinda fun while it lasted! our mc is so very awkward and relatable tho.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

Despite not ever having heard anything about Couloumbis or Not Exactly a Love Story, I was intrigued. I mean, how many YA books do you hear about set in the 1970s? That's just not a popular era for historical fiction yet. At first, I wasn't too sure whether this was going to be something I would enjoy. Vinnie's narrative voice grated a bit at first and the plot does some...interesting...things, but in the end, Couloumbis won me over to her odd, unique, surprisingly sweet
Alex (Pucksandpaperbacks)
Vinny Gold has bad luck. His crush moved away on Valentine's Day, his dog died and his parents announced they're getting a divorce. Oh, and he turned 15 and began to break out with terrible acne on his face.

I want to preface this review by saying I think I should've read this the year it came out because it really doesn't fit the current age. However, this book is pitched as "set in 1977", yet there's not anything implemented to keep reminding me that the characters are living in 1977 aside fro
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Vinnie is his own Cyrano de Bergerac. Feeling awkward with an acute case of acne and recently displaced from Queens to Long Island when his mother divorces his dad and marries his gym teacher (!), Vinnie falls for Patsy, the girl next door--everybody's dream girl. He acts cool and somewhat aloof around her in school, but after an initial obscene phone call (!) to her bedroom one night, he continues to call her every night at midnight and they talk anonymously and truthfully. Because Patsy has he ...more
Initial reaction: Very interesting story about an awkward teen growing up in the 70s who falls in love with a girl he happens to get her number and goes through a number of unfortunate mishaps along the way. I think the mystery man/stalker thing was weird, but Vinny and Patsy are characters I liked for the most part, and I thought the story had some interesting humor in spurts. I wouldn't necessarily take this story for all the comparisons it has in its blurb, but it is a decent read of its own ...more
Liam Johnstone
Nov 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, library
I liked it. Very much in the vein of "You've Got Mail." Not one that I'd recommend unless you like that kind of thing, but it fills that hole very well. ...more
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Summary: [This will be spoiler free, but the actual review below will not]. The story is set in 1977, following a 15 year old boy called Vinnie Gold. He has a horrible case of acne, was recently left by his girlfriend and found out his parents are divorcing – so it’s safe to say his life is pretty shitty at best. Very soon, his mother falls in love with Vinnie’s gym teacher – Mr. B., and the trio move to Long Island. While he’s incredibly upset, Vinnie finds a distraction from his problems – his ...more
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
Late night anonymous phone calls, nerdy guy has a bad case of acne, girl next door rejects him, story set in late 1970s.. Sounds like a recipe for a good romantic read... But this is Not Exactly A Love Story  and it's really a great one.

Vinnie fell for her new neighbor, Patsy when he and his family moved, and she had always intrigued him ever since. When his parents divorced and his PE teacher became his mom's new husband, Vinnie thought he would never regain his composure and would never gain
This is difficult for me to rate. I'm going with 2.5 stars for now. This book wasn't bad but it was very hard for me to get through. It was slow with characters that were just okay. In fact, I think the biggest problem with this book was that everything was just ok. I had no real strong pull towards the characters, the story, the romance, the family, or the outcome. It took me almost a month to read. But it wasn't bad. And that's really all I've got right now.
I will say that it posed an interes
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Vinnie is not having a good year, and he keeps messing up. He doesn't mean to make things harder for himself, but it keeps happening. First his parents split up, and then his mom starts dating someone new. This results in Vinnie moving to a new school with a new set of problems.

Patsy is one of the popular girls at school, and she is also Vinnie’s neighbor. She doesn’t seem to notice him at first. Vinnie finds her unlisted number and calls her late one night. It doesn’t go very well. He comes ac
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When 15-year-old Vinnie’s parents divorce he tries to be supportive of each of them. But he’s having a bad year: he has a raging case of acne, the girl he’s secretly loved for two years moved to California without so much as a goodbye, his dog died, he got mugged and he’s failing gym. Could things get worse? Of course they could. His mother has a conference with the gym teacher, Mr B … and then another meeting … and then dinner. Now, suddenly they’ve married and they’re moving to Long Island for
Samantha (WLABB)
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Things are not quite going Vinnie's way these days - problems with the family pet, his skin, his grades, his parents' divorce, his mother's remarriage, moving out to the island, starting in a new school, he has a lot on his plate. However, he finds a bright spot in the form of his neighbor, Patsy. She is beautiful and popular and the object of the football star's desire. Fate drops Patsy's phone number into Vinnie's hands and he begins a ritual of anonymous midnight calls with Patsy, and unknowi ...more
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Not Exactly a Love Story was a quick and fun read, filled with down-to-earth and believable characters, perfect for a guy or girl, looking for a good, solid story. Vinnie is dealing with a lot: his parents' divorce, his mom's remarriage to his gym teacher, a move from Queens to Long Island and The Girl Next Door. Vinnie's got a crush of sorts, and while at first, he hardly ever speaks to Patsy face-to-face, he is calling her and talking to her every night at midnight. He won't tell her who he is ...more
I stopped listening to Not Exactly a Love Story when Vinnie called Patsy. I did not like how he blamed her for his own actions. I lost all respect for Vinnie and did not want to continue listening to a story about him.
Lindsey E
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
I did not like this at all.
Dani Paige
Nov 25, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Don't worry if you can't get a girl to talk to you, because you just need to anonymously call her at midnight every night for months and wear her down! ...more
Super Ninja
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Yes, this is completely different from everything else I've ever read. Yes, this is for teens. Yes, this was completely cheesy. But despite that, I absolutely loved this book. I was in the mood for a light, fluffy, cheesy book and that was exactly what I got.
Short summary: a young teen boy, Vinny, anonymously calls Patsy, his dream girl living next door. This leads to him to calling daily and they have late night conversations and they develop a real connection, all the while Patsy still has n
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it
It was cute. I'm always happy to read a fresh story as so much YA seems to follow a formula these days. The family dynamic is interesting, & it's nice to see this teen boy coming into his own. I don't think it's genuine love at any point, but at least they're getting to know each other by phone, which people just don't do these days. I don't know that the 1970s setting was necessary or even made obvious in here (maybe just because she has a private phone line? That's the only time I felt it came ...more
It took me almost half of the book to actually get into the story. I like the main character, he was funny and sort of sweet. I found the premise of the story interesting, he is a creepy caller that was lucky to get the phone number of the girl he likes. He starts calling her every night and they develop some sort of friendship. It was a good book and maybe in a distant future I think I might reread it.
Cecily Kyle
Jan 10, 2014 rated it liked it
I didn't love this story, but I didn't dislike it either.
I really liked the idea of the whole secret admire thing, and I imagine the whole situation that this novel is based upon, I am guessing, happens a lot more often these days with the internet, and online dating.
I still enjoyed it though.
Okay Read!
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-lit
I really enjoyed this book that felt like a throwback to classic ya lit like "Ordinary People". The characters are relatable and funny, their stories complex, cozy if quirky feel, satisfying ending. For readers 13 and up and those that like cozy ya. ...more
Beth Atkins
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When a awkward teen from the 70's decided to call the girl next door and pretend to be someone else, he sets himself up for quite the adventure.

A quick read written it what would HAVE to be how the teenage boy mind actually sounds! 😂
Jun 29, 2018 rated it liked it
It’s not the most amazing book, but it’s a fun read. It has a weird concept though because of the phone calls and reality, but I don’t regret reading it. Has profanity, sexual elements, and is a bit inappropriate. For the most part though, it was pretty good.
Sep 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Another one that is more of a 3.5 than a three. I would say this book is mostly just ok - the characters, the plot, the execution - all ok. A light-ish, quick listen that did have some depth, particularly as it relates to confidence.
Sarah  Az
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Not the very best as The Perks of being wallflower but simply delicious entertaining. The slow crawl at the beginning but with simplicity wrap-up, I just enjoyed reading this book. The story simple as well the characters and really caught me to read until the end.
Macy Rabourn
Jan 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I really liked the short chapters this book had, I was more encouraged to read another chapter because of the length. The content told a classic teenage romance story in a creative way.
Jun 25, 2017 rated it liked it
2 and a half to be precise :) I liked it but didn't love it. ...more
Just another cute cover book with a boring plot and flat, annoying characters.
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