What's Going On Here?

There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Almost a Love Song

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 on her, 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, but they talk anyway, hiding behind his anonymity, he can say anything he wants, without fear of rejection, and so can Patsy.
I loved the way the characters were honest about their self-doubt.  No character was a caricature, nor were the parents unreal monsters, like they are in so many YA books.  They are just real people.  I think this simple, touching coming-of-age book will be easy to recommend to many.

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