Since his parents' divorce, John's mother hasn't touched him, her new fiancé wants them to move away, and his father would rather be anywhere than at Friday night dinner with his son. It's no wonder John writes articles like "Interview with the Stepfather" and "Memoirs from Hell." The only release he finds is in homemade zines like the amazing Escape Velocity by Marisol, a...more
Oh my GODDDDD, a young adult book about someone SO TERRIBLY DAMAGED that they are IMMUNE TO EMOTION. How new and exciting. NOT. This is teen angst at its worst. Especially since the main character, John, is totally not immune to emotion. He spends the entire book whining about how hurt he is by his parents who got divorced when John was ten and then became ...more
Reading this book I was like THIS BOOK IS THE STRANGER. it's like what would happen if camus wanted the stranger to have a happy ending, or you know the stranger has a happy ending but I mean a like traditional happy ending. or not ...more
Then this is the book for you. Meet John Galardi, a loner and a teenager with divorced parents, trying to express himself through his zine, Bananafish. His inspiration, Marisol Guzman, creator of the zine Escape Velocity and a self proclaimed "rich spoiled lesbian private-school gifted-and-talented writer virgin."
The two would m ...more
John Galardi, high school junior and zine writer, comes from a broken Boston-area home. During the week he lives with his depressed mother, who refuses to touch him, and on weekends he visits his cold selfish father and distributes copies of his zine at the nearby Tower Records. (yeah, the concept of a print zine is kind of da ...more
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Regardless -- this is a story about John, who falls in love with his lesbian best friend Marisol, and how they manage to navigate their own problems and the problems between them and come out feeling if not whole at ...more
this is powerful story about boy who is all by himself becouse he doesn't get enough love from his parents and he refuses to have any feelings, but when he finally allows himself to feel love it turns to be hard love becouse he falls in love with his best friend lesbian. so sad story.
i confess, i still cry in some parts of the book.
This book, for me, shows some of the pitfalls in the way that Printz books appear to be chosen. There are always a couple, usually among the honors books, that seem to be awarded for their edginess and/or inclusion of an Important Topic than for being all-around outstanding literature. Hard Love is well-written, for sure, and it's an engaging read. And I'm sure it was very cutting edge in 2000, but 15 years later, that edge is seriously dulled. What makes this story stand out fr ...more
Marisol's character is so interesting to me. Clearly she's been through a lot, and a series of events has led her to become an individual who has an extremely dif ...more
Walking passed that person- that girl or guy you just can’t stop thinking of-gives you a bag of butterflies fluttering around in your stomach. You find your mind wondering off. How wonderful life wou- then you come back to earth realizing that no matter what he/she will never love you back. This is the slice of a bigger heart in the book Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger.
In the book Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger, a boy named John “Giovanni” meets a gir ...more
John comes from a broken family and he's pretty much a loner ("a witty misanthrope", according to him). Marisol is an adopted Puerto Rican "rich spoiled lesbian private-school gifted-and-talented writer virgin looking for love." At the start of their friendship, everything is alright. Marisol is a bit guarded though of her feelings and she doesn' ...more
Gio, the alone teenage boy doesn't really understand the "liking" of the oposite sex, but when he meets Marisol, who in this case is lesbian, he falls in love. Giving the impression that he doesn't really know what he wants. Marisol is a bit confused as well. She knows that her preference i ...more
This novel explores themes relevant to young adults, including self-discovery, testing boundaries, sexu ...more
John’s voice feels very authentic, pouring out on the page what is hard for him to speak out loud. The layout of the book is engaging, with drawings and collages in the front pages, some paragraphs skewed at odd angles, handwritten notes and poems on lined paper, and excerpts from cut-and-paste xeroxed zines. ...more
“Zine” is the name for an independent publication or alternative newsletter, with topics ranging from self-exploration to punk bands to comics to travel to DIY instructions and on and on. Check out http://www.denverzinelibrary.org!
Hard Love is all about a boy who finds a girl’s zine, falls in love, and then has his heart broken. Essentially. But it’s also about the secret world of zines, writing ...more