Hard Love

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (4.97 hours)
Product Number: Z100026507
Released: Apr 22, 2008
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780739364598
Narrator/s: Mark Webber
Publisher: Listening Library
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Since his parents' divorce, John's mother hasn't touched him, her new fiancE wants them to move away, and his father would rather be anywhere than at Friday night dinner with his son. It's no wonder John writes articles like "Interview with the Stepfather" and "Memoirs from Hell." The only release he finds is in homemade zines like the amazing Escape Velocity by Marisol, a self-proclaimed "Puerto Rican Cuban Yankee Lesbian." Hanging around the Boston Tower Records for the new issue of Escape Velocity, John meets Marisol and a hard love is born. While at first their friendship is based on zines, dysfunctional families, and dreams of escape, soon both John and Marisol begin to shed their protective shells. Unfortunately, John mistakes this growing intimacy for love, and a disastrous date to his junior prom leaves that friendship in ruins. Desperately hoping to fix things, John convinces Marisol to come with him to a zine conference on Cape Cod. On the sandy beaches by the Bluefish Wharf Inn, John realizes just how hard love can be.

Author(s): Ellen Wittlinger
Original Publish Date: Apr 22, 2008

All formats/editions

Author(s): Ellen Wittlinger
Product Number EB00579552
Released: Sep 25, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Simon Pulse
ISBN: #9781439115565

Professional reviews

"John's world is not perfect. His mother hasn't touched him in six years, his father loathes their weekly dinners, and his one friend has gotten a girlfriend. John's one pleasure is reading zines, especially "Escape Velocity," written by a self-proclaimed "Puerto Rican Cuban Yankee lesbian" named Marisol. John and Marisol become friends, but when he falls in love with her, he learns that love can be very hard indeed. Mark Webber's youthful voice projects all of John's turbulent emotions clearly. The characters' voices are distinct and easily understood in a strong story suitable for older teens. B.F. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine"

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