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Not Exactly a Love Story is quirky, flirty, and smart, and will appeal to fans of Frank Portman’s King Dork, John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines, and Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park. It’s not exactly a love story, but it’s pretty close. It’s 1977, and fifteen-year-old Vinnie is recovering from the worst case of acne his dermatologist has ever seen. His girlfriend also moved to California without saying goodbye, and the ink on his parents’ divorce papers is barely dry when his mom announces they’re moving from Queens to Long Island. The only silver lining is that they are moving next door to Patsy, everyone’s dream girl, but it’s not like she would ever notice Vinnie. It isn’t until Vinnie calls Patsy one night, which leads to a chain of anonymous midnight conversations where the two develop a surprisingly strong connection despite the lies it’s built upon. As Vinnie gets to know Patsy in real life, however, it’s clear that both of his identities can’t survive.
Topics covered include friendship, love, moving, self-esteem, honesty, and identity.
Lexile Measure: HL660L
©2014. High school. 5 x 8 inches. Softcover. 288 pages.