Crazy Messy Beautiful

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Product Number: Z100117658
Released: Feb 07, 2017
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ISBN: #9781524749798
Narrator/s: Michael Crouch
Publisher: Listening Library
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From National Book Award finalist Carrie Arcos—a fresh take on happily ever after, and friendship, that is anything but a love story. When your namesake is Pablo Neruda—the greatest love poet of all time—finding "the one" should be easy. After all, sixteen-year-old aspiring artist Neruda Diaz has been in love many times before. So it's only a matter of time before someone loves him back. Callie could be that someone. She's creative and edgy, and nothing like the girls Neruda typically falls for, so when a school assignment brings them together, he is pleasantly surprised to learn they have a lot in common. With his true love in reach and his artistic ambitions on track, everything is finally coming together. But as Neruda begins to fall faster and harder than ever before, he is blindsided by the complicated nature of love—and art—in more ways than one. And when the relationships he's looked to for guidance threaten to implode, Neruda must confront the reality that love is crazier, messier, and more beautiful than he ever realized—and riskier, too, than simply saying the words. Praise for Crazy Messy Beautiful: "This satisfying and unconventional love story explores the various meanings of the word."—Kirkus Reviews "Arcos has written a classic story of a budding artist finding out the reality behind the artifice, and does sowhile keeping a wonderful sense of humor."—Booklist "Arcos capably probes the mysterious without attempting to solve it as Neruda discovers the difference between crushing on someone he doesn't know and loving someone he does, learning that friendship, too, is a kind of love."—Publishers Weekly "With readily relatable characters who, nonetheless, surprise readers as they tackle life's many challenges and gifts, Crazy Messy Beautiful...?xplores the complexities of human emotions, aspirations, creativity, and relationships. This eminently readable book will appeal to male and female readers alike."—VOYA "The thematic thread of love as work between flawed people is woven through both language and situations, its subtlety affording different readings; romantics like Neruda will empathize with his frustration and failures, while more pragmatic readers may feel wryly superior and even slightly amused at the ways his heightened expectations butt up against modern high school life and characters."—BCCB

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Author(s): Carrie Arcos
Original Publish Date: Feb 07, 2017

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Author(s): Carrie Arcos
Narrator(s): Michael Crouch
Product Number DD28862
Released: Feb 07, 2017
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Publisher: Listening Library
ISBN: #9781524749767
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Author(s): Carrie Arcos
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Released: Feb 07, 2017
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Professional reviews

"Narrator Michael Crouch portrays Neruda Diaz's quest for romance as the 16-year-old imagines a love life like that of the Chilean poet for whom he was named, Pablo Neruda. The fictional Neruda has been sheltered by his loving parents, his devotion to art, and dreams of love. Crouch expresses both Neruda's innocence and his horror when his reality is shattered as he discovers that his parents' marriage is not stable, his artistic vision can be sabotaged, and his classmate, Callie, is more difficult to court than he'd imagined. Neruda's reactions are confused and sometimes hurtful as he learns that he must experience life's messiness before he can find its beauty and truth. Crouch's dramatizations of minor characters add dimension to the story. In particular, his depiction of Callie makes her passionate nature vivid and Neruda's attraction understandable. S.W. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"

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