Saturday, March 23, 2013

Not Exactly a Love Story by Audrey Couloumbis

Synopsis: "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 move next door to Patsy—everyone's dream girl. Not that she'd ever notice him. But when Vinnie calls Patsy one night, it leads to a chain of anonymous midnight conversations. Under the cover of darkness, Vinnie becomes Vincenzo, Patsy's mystery caller, and the two share a side of themselves they would never reveal in daylight and develop a surprisingly real connection (despite the lies it's built on). As Vinnie gets to know Patsy in real life though, it becomes clear both identities can't survive and he'll have to find a way to hangup the phone and step into the daylight. Fraught with complications and crackling with witty dialogue, and all the angst and electricity that comes with always being just a phone wire away from the one you want, acclaimed author Audrey Couloumbis's YA debut is a smooth-talking Cyrano meets Saturday Night Fever and tells a quirky, flirty, and smart story that will appeal to fans of Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Frank Portman's King Dork, Natalie Standiford's How to Say Goodbye in Robot, and John Green's An Abundance of Katherines. It's not exactly a love story . . . but it's pretty close."

Title: Not Exactly a Love Story
Series: None
Genre: "Romance I guess" Fiction
Pages: 288
Ages: 12-16
Date I Finished: March 20th, 2013
My Rating: 3 Stars
My Word: BOOOORRRINNGGGG haha...jk....actuallyitwasboringshhhdon'ttell

 AWKWARD MOMENT WHEN THE LAST POST WAS POSTED IN NOVEMBER. :/ Sorry guys I've had SO MUCH homework, and now it's spring break so hopefully that means more book reviews!

The only books that I give five stars to have at least one of the following:
-Or just plain INTERESTING
Don't get me wrong, this book was interesting at least, it just wasn't interesting ENOUGH for my five-star standards. I never really liked average life stories. I am more of ascience fiction, romance, or suspensefully person. Even though it may sound like a romance novel; it wasn't really. Ok, so I know the title is NOT EXACTLY a Love Story, bust still, it should have been more interesting and romantic right?! I thought since the words "love story" were in the title, it would have more romance. Not bad of a book, it just took me a while to finish because it was more boring than I hoped. I was in a romancy mood and decided to check this book out of the library. It was the first time I read a book set in 1970s, but it didn't even seem like it was in that time period without looking in the summary saying "in the 1970s". This book was great, but I felt it was too damn slow. It had an awesome background plot. The guy calls every day at midnight and all, but I thought there would be a twist or something. It was all straight forward, which isn't my favorite type of writing. I don't know, I just didn't fall for this book at all. Also, if I received an obscene phone call who's first words are "Wanna fuck?" I would be like "Get the hell away from me and don't call again!" And I would hang up the call and never answer again if he called back to apologize. Luckily, it worked out for Patsy because the person who called wasn't a freaking pedophile. Patsy kind of did that the first few times until she started liking him. So unrealistic!
 Sorry for this boring review, it's been a while :'(.

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