The Story of Us by Deb Caletti

79%

13 Critic Reviews

Some readers may tire of offbeat secondary characters and the accelerating chaos, but they will savor Cricket’s thoughtful and poetic observations about love. . .
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

Sometimes choices—like change—can’t be avoided. A bittersweet story of love and family from National Book Award finalist Deb Caletti.

Cricket has a very long week ahead of her. Her entire family has come together for her mom’s wedding, and it’s supposed to be a time for celebration. But for Cricket, the timing couldn’t be worse.

For years Cricket’s been half of the perfect couple, destined to be together forever. Now, because of what she’s done—something she would give anything to take back—Janssen has walked away. Maybe for good.

Cricket has always panicked in the face of change. Now she is forced to face her fears and decide once and for all what she wants, and how she’s going to get it. For over the course of the week, secrets will be revealed, bonds will be tested, and Cricket’s confusion—and her desires—may very well send her spiraling down a path she never thought she’d take...with no idea where it will lead her.
 

About Deb Caletti

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Deb Caletti is an award-winning author and a National Book Award finalist whose books-Honey, Baby, Sweetheart; The Queen of Everything; The Secret Life of Prince Charming-are published and translated worldwide. She lives with her family in Seattle.
 
Published April 24, 2012 by Simon Pulse. 402 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Other, Children's Books. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Story of Us
All: 13 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Below average
Mar 01 2012

Timid plotting, an insensitive sexual-orientation subplot and the awkward, semi–high-concept narrative devic. . .are weak points.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Feb 20 2012

Some readers may tire of offbeat secondary characters and the accelerating chaos, but they will savor Cricket’s thoughtful and poetic observations about love. . .

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Teen Reads

Excellent
Reviewed by Terry Shannon on May 31 2012

Although the plot is leisurely and there is an enormous cast of secondary characters, author Deb Caletti expertly crafts Cricket's tale into a satisfying page-turner.

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WAPL Teens

Excellent
Reviewed by Megan on May 18 2012

. . .a great story of how tangled up in each others' lives we become. 

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Youth Services Book Review

Excellent
Reviewed by Bonny Anderson on Jun 04 2012

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, yes, yes! This is a great heartwarming book. It will make you laugh and cry. If you are in need of an emotional book you have to pick this up!

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TATAL

Excellent
Reviewed by Nico on May 14 2012

What makes this one special is that it is a book that really is for dog lovers.

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Dark Faerie Tales

Excellent
Reviewed by Macie on Mar 21 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and would recommend it for anyone who enjoys thinking about how we communicate and interact with others, and what it means to grow up.

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Confessions of a Bookaholic

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer on Apr 24 2012

Deb Caletti truly knows how to target the mind of a teenager and dive into their dreams and fears.

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Story Snoops

Good
Reviewed by Tiffany Bolz

Complicated family relationships are portrayed with authenticity and honesty, and Cricket and her family are relatable and endearing.

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The Hiding Spot

Below average
Reviewed by Sarah on Jun 20 2012

. . .I didn't feel a deep connection to any of the characters, including the main character. . .

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The Compulsive Reader

Good
Reviewed by Tirzah Price on Mar 03 2012

Caletti's talent for creating interesting, complex characters and relationships that remind readers of their own families shines through in this novel.

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Mrs. Hill's Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by Pamela Hill on May 21 2012

I continue to love Deb Caletti’s writing. She brilliantly picks just the right word at the right time.

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Amity Middle School-Bethany Book Blog

Above average
Reviewed by Faith Miller on May 07 2012

Cricket is the perfect narrator. She is very likable and intelligent, but certainly not perfect. Her extended family is hilarious! I really enjoyed reading this book and it flew by.

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