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Friday, July 22, 2011

The Big Crunch by Pete Hautman

First off, I'd like to say that the inside cover was VERY intriguing. Because, the girls name is June, not Jen, as it says in the front flap. Awkward... But, anyways, it states that it is not "that" kind of love story, and I was happy to hear that because I'm pretty tired of the stereotypical love story, which the cover of The Big Crunch kind of conveyed it to be.

Well, despite those problems, the book was pretty good. Some backround: June's family moves around constantly. Her dad has a job of helping companies that are failing/going bankrupt/whatever. As you can tell from that, they go around to all different places to find companies that are having a hard time, and help them through that. This makes it so that June's family is constantly moving, and she can't really get committed or make friends that are to keep. 

June starts to pity date Wes's friend Jerry who is running for class president. It is kind of a pointless relationship, and doesn't really add much to the book, but... Jerry and June (Ew, their names sound weird together, huh!) break up shortly after they get together, they break up after Christmas break. She and Wes have been secretly seeing each other at that time, and I guess she just decided that she liked Wes better than Jerry, and went with him.  

June's family ends up moving, which tears apart her and Wes's relationship. They really love each other, though, and they try to make it work even when she is gone at a new school. They stay connected through texts and phone calls, and when June finds out that she can come and stay with her dad back where Wes lives, and they make up and have a good relationship. It ends on kind of a sad/cliche note, but it is when June and Wes say that no matter what, they will always love each other even though they will never see each other again. (June is moving again.)

I had a couple problems with the inside cover (besides the obvious, name changing incident.) This is part of what the front cover states:
"Jen (June) and Wes do not "meet cute." They do not fall in love at first sight. They do not swoon with scorching desire. They do not believe that they are instant soul mates destined to be together forever. This is not THAT kind of love story."

1) "Jen (June) and Wes do not "meet cute." Yeah, they don't "meet cute", but that happens later, when they run into each other (literally) at a convenient store and June breaks her glasses and gets a black eye. (Wes is not hurt at all, in turn) 
2) Well, "They do not fall in love at first sight." But...
3) They do "swoon with scorching desire",   later in the book. (A lot, which was kind of annoying.)
4) If "They do not believe that they are instant soul mates destined to be together forever", why are they so sad when they are separated, and if they aren't destined to be together forever, why does he steal a car and drive all the way to see her in the middle of the night, a long ways away? 
5) It is that kind of love story. :(

Rating: 6 out of 10

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