Anything But Ordinary by Valerie Hobbs

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From the moment their romance begins in eighth grade, Winifred and Bernie are individualists. They pride themselves on being different, and have each other for support through the tough years of high school. So when they consider college, they send off for the same catalogs, promising never to separate.
 
But Bernie's mother dies and Bernie more or less drops out of school, becoming an ordinary guy working away in a tire shop, while Winifred goes about as far from New Jersey as a girl can go: the University of California at Santa Barbara. College is a culture shock to Winifred, but her three savvy roommates teach her how to fit in. By the time Bernie catches up with her again, Winifred has become, well . . . ordinary. Can they rediscover their true selves - and true love?
 
Told from alternating viewpoints, with a sense of humor and a deep appreciation of first love, Valerie Hobbs's novel captures an endearing young couple's search for independence and identity.
 

About Valerie Hobbs

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VALERIE HOBBS is the author of many acclaimed books for young readers, including Defiance, recipient of the ASPCA Henry Bergh Award, and Letting Go of Bobby James, an ALA Quick Pick for Young Adults. She lives in Santa Barbara, California.
 
Published February 20, 2007 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 176 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Anything But Ordinary

Flamingnet

You really find yourself rooting for Bernie and Winifred to make it work, for Winifred to wake up and realize how silly she's being, and you want them to get back together in the end.

Mar 30 2007 | Read Full Review of Anything But Ordinary

Flamingnet

She leaves for college over in California, and Bernie realizes he must get her back, He leaves for California immediately.

Jun 26 2007 | Read Full Review of Anything But Ordinary

Youth Services Book Review

Winifred and Bernie, who began their relationship when they were 14, reveled in being unique.

Jun 11 2007 | Read Full Review of Anything But Ordinary

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