by Rachel Cohn & David Lavithan
What happens when two witty, wise, but vulnerable teens meet by accident at a chaotic punk rock club? They fall in love, of course. While both are dealing with the fallout of failed relationships and the infinite hurt that accompanies them, they are questioning everything about themselves, their friends, and their future paths. The passion and intelligence of these characters, along with the authors' intimate knowledge of and complete respect for their audience, make this novel unique. Told in alternating chapters over the course of a single night, the narratives create a fully fleshed-out picture of both teens, informed by their love of music, their devotion to their friends, and their clear-eyed view of the world. There is also considerable depth and sensitivity to this story. There are many heart-stopping, insightful moments in this supremely satisfying romance.- Tracy Karbel, Glenside Public Library District, Glendale Heights, IL

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