Monday, April 11, 2011

Book Review: The Big Crunch by Pete Hautman

On the first day of school, Wes sees June. Wes is fresh from his break up with Izzy, and June is new, and all he can think is that she has the biggest eyes he has ever seen. June doesn't even notice Wes. She's at (another) new school, and trying her best to find a way to fit in and not get too attached before her father yanks her out of another school for another job.

Wes and June are drawn to each other, and slowly they become friends, and slowly they become something more. It isn't easy, as June starts dating one of Wes's friends, and her parents move again right after the new year. But they both admit there is something there, and it might just be something worth fighting for.

The Big Crunch is an amazingly realistic at first love and how awesome and heartbreaking it can be at the same time. 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. You will love/ hate their friends, family and the things they do, most likely you will relate to someone in the book. From friends left behind for the new girl or family members who are overbearing, romance here takes a back seat to reality.

The Big Crunch is for anyone who has ever been crushed by a crush, fell in love and/ or had their heart broken.

I'll see you @ the library!
Katie (Now reading Famous by Todd Strassser)