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ISBN13: 9780689841545
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Since his parents' divorce, John's mother hasn't touched him, her new fiance 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 self-proclaimed "Puerto Rican Cuban Yankee Lesbian." Hanging around the Boston Tower Records for the new issue of Escape Velocity, John meets Marisol and a hard love is born.

While at first their friendship is based on zines, dysfuntional families, and dreams of escape, soon both John and Marisol begin to shed their protective shells. Unfortunately, John mistakes this growing intimacy for love, and a disastrous date to his junior prom leaves that friendship in ruins. Desperately hoping to fix things, John convinces Marisol to come with him to a zine conference on Cape Cod. On the sandy beaches by the Bluefish Wharf Inn, John realizes just how hard love can be.

With keen insight into teenage life, Ellen Wittlinger delivers a story of adolescence that is fierce and funny — and ultimately transforming — even as it explores the pain of growing up.

Review:

"The awkwardness of awakening sexuality, a growing preoccupation with identity, and crossing the line from friendship to more are all themes here with which teens will readily identify." Publishers Weekly

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"Remembering that adolescence is a trying time filled with questions and feelings, Hard Love is an intriguing and absorbing novel." VOYA

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"This is a smart addition to YA collections and a good recommendation to readers who may be feeling outside the norm." School Library Journal

Synopsis:

This coming-of-age story features a teenage writer named John, who comes from a broken home and experiences first love with a girl who writes for a teenage magazine. A Printz Honor Book.

About the Author

andlt;bandgt;Ellen Wittlingerandlt;/bandgt; is the critically acclaimed author of the teen novels andlt;iandgt;Love andamp; Lies: Marisol's Story, Parrotfish, Blind Faith, Sandpiper, Heart on My Sleeve, Zigzag,andnbsp;andlt;/iandgt;and andlt;iandgt;Hard Loveandlt;/iandgt; (an American Library Association Michael L. Printz Honor Book and a Lambda Literary Award winner), and the middle-grade novel andlt;iandgt;Gracie's Girl.andlt;/iandgt; She has a bachelor's degree from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. A former children's librarian, she lives with her husband in Haydenville, Massachusetts.

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Sarah MacLellan, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Sarah MacLellan)
Hard Love is a bittersweet story of unrequited love. Rather than the formulaic one-week adolescent romance novel where the mousy girl ends up with her dreamboat jock (or vampire), Hard Love spans about three months and develops complex and unique characters where the ending isn't formulaic. Both John and Marisol come to life in their interactions but mainly in their zine writing. John has some shades of Holden Caulfield - sarcastic, emotionally blunted, offended by things phony - but it's balanced with certain vulnerabilities, sensitivities, and innocence. Marisol is anything but a stereotype or wallflower. The reader is just as enamored and intrigued with her as is John. The zine element is dated, since the same "personal communication" en masse is now accomplished with blogs. But the intense feelings communicated are just as valid. Wittlinger's drawn small windows into these characters minds and struggles as they make their way into adulthood. A thoughtful look at the highs and lows of first love and its ability to transform us.
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live_and_love91, April 5, 2007 (view all comments by live_and_love91)
Great book! John and Marisol have this crazy awesome connection. I love the way it ends.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780689841545
Author:
Wittlinger, Ellen
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Social Situations - Adolescence
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Family - Parents
Subject:
Love & Romance
Subject:
Divorce
Subject:
Identity
Subject:
Underground press publications
Subject:
Situations / Friendship
Subject:
Social Issues - Adolescence
Subject:
Identity (psychology)
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Adolescence
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
107-261
Publication Date:
April 2001
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f-c cvr
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 7.875 oz
Age Level:
13-17

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Product details 256 pages Simon Pulse - English 9780689841545 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The awkwardness of awakening sexuality, a growing preoccupation with identity, and crossing the line from friendship to more are all themes here with which teens will readily identify."
"Review" by , "Remembering that adolescence is a trying time filled with questions and feelings, Hard Love is an intriguing and absorbing novel."
"Review" by , "This is a smart addition to YA collections and a good recommendation to readers who may be feeling outside the norm."
"Synopsis" by , This coming-of-age story features a teenage writer named John, who comes from a broken home and experiences first love with a girl who writes for a teenage magazine. A Printz Honor Book.
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