The Big Crunch
By Pete Hautman
(Scholastic Paperbacks, Hardcover, 9780545240765, 288pp.)
Publication Date: May 2013
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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A funny, clear-eyed view of the realities of teenage love from National Book Award winner Pete Hautman.
June 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 June 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.
Pete Hautman won the National Book Award for his novel Godless. He is also the author of the acclaimed novels The Big Crunch, How to Steal a Car, Rash, Invisible, Sweetblood, Hole in the Sky, No Limit, and Mr. Was. His home in the world is Minnesota, and his home on the web is www.petehautman.com.
Praise for The Big Crunch:
* "Hautman skillfully subverts clichés in this subtle, authentic, hearttugging
exploration of first love, but his sharp-eyed view of high-school social dynamics and the loving
friction between parents and teens on the edge of independence is just as memorable." - Booklist, starred review
"With not a bell or whistle in sight, Hautman manages to write the YA love story of all time: simple, poignant, and very, very real." - VOYA
"A humorous and bittersweet tale of romance and the convoluted, uncertain paths that bring two people together." - Kirkus Reviews
Praise for How to Steal a Car:
* A sporty, stylish model with peppy acceleration and surprising traction, this will be a sweet ride for readers” BCCB, starred review
A sharply observed, subversive coming-of-age tale.” - Kirkus Reviews