Heart's Delight by Per Nilsson

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Heart’s Delight opens with a 16-year-old boy poised over a desk. He is alone in the room, going through the left over items of a relationship with his ex-girlfriend, Ann-Kathrin. As he systematically destroys each object, he replays a scene from their relationship that relates to it. By the end of this moving story, he has gotten rid of everything; he’s torn up the bus pass from the station where they met, blown the unused condoms into balloons and set them adrift from his balcony, and dropped the pot of lemon balm tea she gave him from the balcony, too. Along the way, Per Nilsson carefully traces their tumultuous relationship, from their first hopeful meeting, to the boy’s loneliness when his family was away and she never called, to her betrayal of him with a rival. Nilsson’s skill in revealing the innermost thoughts of a teenage boy at a vulnerable time in his life made this an award-winning book in Europe.
 

About Per Nilsson

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Per Nilsson was born in Malm in 1954, and lives in Slvesborg with his four children. He trained as a mathematics and music teacher. For many years he worked part-time in a school and part-time as an author. Today he is a full-time author. As an author, he sees his books as letters in which he carries on conversations with young adults about life and death, about hope and belief in the future, about roles we play, the world we live in and about love. His literary strength lies in his use of new motives and unexpected ways of thinking. He has written about twenty books, many of which have won awards. Heart's Delight was the first of Mr. Nilsson's books to be published in the U.S. It won first prize in Raben & Sjogren's 1992 awards competition for best love story, the prestigious Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis in 1997, and the Dutch "Silver Kiss" in 1999. You & You & You is the second. Mr. Nilsson has written several scripts for plays and for a movie based on one of his novels. His books have been translated into many languagessixteen at last count. e-mail Per Nilsson Mike Lowery's work has been in galleries and publications worldwide, and he is currently working on several books for children. He lives with his family in Atlanta, Georgia. Visit him at ArgyleAcademy.com.
 
Published October 1, 2003 by Front Street. 160 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Children's Books. Fiction

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For any teenage girl who has ever wondered if boys have souls, and for any teenage boy without the words for his anguish, this remarkably tender story chronicles a first love.

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"While the stages of the hero's relationship are familiar, his response to the pain of heartbreak is not," said PW in a starred review.

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Audience members will eagerly turn pages to find out whether he chooses to use the razor blade and bottle of pills lying conspicuously on his desk throughout the novel, reconciles with Ann-Katrin or finds a way to go on without her.

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