The Big Crunch by Pete Hautman

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A funny, clear-eyed view of the realities of teenage love from National Book Award winner Pete Hautman.

Jen 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, they just hang 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 Jen starts to pity-date one of Wes's friends, and Wes makes some choices that he immediately regrets.

From National Book Award winner Pete Hautman, this is a love story for people not particularly biased toward romance. But it is romantic, in the same way that truth can be romantic and uncertainty can be the biggest certainty of all.
 

About Pete Hautman

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Pete Hautman is the author of many books, including the National Book Award-winning Godless and the time-travel adventure Mr. Was. He splits his time between Wisconsin and Minnesota.
 
Published January 1, 2011 by Scholastic Press. 293 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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He wonders about her thick lips, her wide mouth and greenish-blue eyes set too far apart, making her look like “a sea creature pretending to be human.” And to her he’s just “another guy with a case of arrested development.” But in the high-school world of “users, posers, geeks, skanks, preps, gan...

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It’s so good!” Now after having read it, here I am, saying pretty much the same thing: You totally have to read The Big Crunch, regardless of whether you liked—or even read—Anna.

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The book won Milkweed Editions' national fiction prize and was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award.

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WAPL Teens

Mr. Hautman gives us two characters who could be the quiet boy in language arts class, or the cute new girl who easily fits in at your school.Both June and Wes have families that complicate what they think could be an easy life.

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Grand Prairie Public Library

The first time Wes sees June, he thinks she looks like “a sea creature pretending to be human.” June doesn’t notice Wes at all.

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