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Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Big Crunch by Pete Hautman

Title: The Big Crunch
Author: Pete Hautman

Release Date: 1st January 2011 (US). 1st April 2011 (Australia)

My Rating: 4/5

Blurb:

June and Wes do not "meet cute." They do not fall in love at first sight. They do not swoon with scorching desire. They do not believe that they are instant soul mates destined to be together forever.

This is not that kind of love story.

Instead, June and Wes hand around in each other's orbits... until eventually they collide. And even after that happens, they're still not sure where it will go. Especially when June starts to pity-date one of Wes's friends, and Wes makes some choices that he immediately regrets.

My Review:
The Big Crunch can be summed up in three words; sweet, real and tender. It is a beautiful, heart-felt read that felt believable and described the confusing emotions that we are bestowed during those pesky, but vital, teenage years. The confusing, unfamiliar feelings. The irrational outbursts, spontaneous actions and obsessive behaviour. It's all there, in varying degrees.

This is no paranormal instantaneous love affair. It's not filled with end-of-the-world battles, evil 'beautiful' girls or over-compensating jocks, just the reality of life. Over the course of a year we get to experience the ups and the downs that occur in the world of Wes and June; burnt chicken, snow, coffee, parents (the understanding kind), parents (the non-understanding kind), poker, the loyalties of friendship, the unfairness of being a teenager and the tingles of first love.

I heart this book.

Also, a shout-out to the jacket illustrator and designer. The cover is beautiful and really portrays the imagery of the book. I would also like to know who did the blurb because, on my copy, the character of June is referred to as Jen. Did the blurb get forgotten during the editing process?

2 comments:

  1. 'Sweet, reall and tender' Wow this sounds awesome Jess! I haven't heard much about it but now I want to read it. Great review :)

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  2. Oooh ~ I so want to read this now! I still don't really get what it's about (haha) but it just sounds awesome and I love that you loved it. I'm adding it to my wish list right now :)

    and I LOVE the cover too. i bet it looks even more awesome in real life :)

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