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One or Two Things I Learned About Love

Dyan Sheldon


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If this first love is true love, why can’t Hildy hang out with her friends without feeling guilty? Dyan Sheldon takes on the possessive side of summer romance with humor and insight.

Hildy has only had two-and-a-half dates in her whole life, and she isn’t counting the half. It’s starting to look as if she’s never going to have a third date, or be kissed, or know a boy who is more than just a friend. Then, on an ordinary day, she meets Connor of the melt-that-ice-cap smile — and a summer that was going to be ordinary as toast turns into Hildy’s summer of love. But love for Hildy is a little more complicated than the songs and movies have led her to believe. It’s not so much girl-meets-boy-and loses-her-heart as boy-meets-girl-and-loses-his-mind. Part cautionary tale and part romantic comedy, Dyan Sheldon’s wry, diary-style novel weighs in on all ends of the relationship scale in a story of first love.

Praise For One or Two Things I Learned About Love

Sheldon's use of the diary form establishes a strong reader-writer bond, resulting in an amusing, empathetic, and intimate story. An honest exploration of the tumultuous emotions that can accompany early romances.
—Publishers Weekly Online

Sheldon captures the giddiness of a first relationship. ... [Teens] who are still dreaming of their first kiss will be wrapped up this cautionary teen romance.
—School Library Journal

The diary format keeps the reader firmly inside Hildy’s viewpoint as Connor goes from ideal boyfriend to jealous stalker, but the book provides enough reported conversation, particularly from Nomi, to give readers perspective on what’s really happening. ... The high-energy narration... is reminiscent of that of Georgia Nicolson, and the warm antics of Hildy’s close circle of friends leaven this cautionary tale that readers will enjoy visiting even as they cringe at Hildy’s naïveté.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

[A] humorous yet cautionary tale of first love.

Candlewick, 9780763666651, 304pp.

Publication Date: December 10, 2013

About the Author

Dyan Sheldon is the author of many books for young people, including Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, The Crazy Things Girls Do for Love, and My Worst Best Friend. About this latest novel, she says, "I think it takes all of us a while to figure out that the word love, like the word freedom, means different things to different people." American by birth, Dyan Sheldon lives in London.