Relaese Date: January 1, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Publisher
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
A funny, clear-eyed view of the realities of teenage love from National Book Award winner Pete Hautman. 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.
Instead, they just hang around in each other’s orbits…until eventually they collide. And even after that happens, they’re still not sure where it will go. Especially when June starts to pity-date one of Wes’s friends, and Wes makes some choices that he immediately regrets.
From National Book Award winner Pete Hautman, this is a love story for people not particularly biased toward romance. But it is romantic, in the same way that truth can be romantic and uncertainty can be the biggest certainty of all.
This book is one of the more realistic teenage romances I have read. There’s no sweeping, swoon-worthy instant attraction. Nope, June and Wes fall for each other in the more traditional everyday way. Sometimes its nice to break from the supernatural attractions and read something true and Pete Hautman has given us a chance to do just that with The Big Crunch.
This book was a fun, quick read full of intelligent and entertaining characters. June and Wes were both really fun. You get to read about them in equal parts since the narrative switches back and forth. It was really great to see how their relationship unfolds and how they deal with the conflicts that are put in their path. I think it all came together wonderfully.
I really enjoyed this book. If you need a break from those life consuming, I will die without him/her books, I definitely recommend this one! Its clever and fun. I will be reading Pete Hautman’s other books for sure!