Kid Konnection: Not Exactly a Love Story
Things aren’t going too well for fifteen-year old-Vinnie. He’s got the worst case of acne his doctor has ever seen, his girlfriend leaves without saying good-bye, and his newly divorced mother has moved him from Queens to Long Island. The one good thing is that they’ve moved right next door to Patsy, the girl every guy loves. Of course, she doesn’t know Vinnie’s alive.
When Vinnie finds a scrap of paper with Patsy’s phone number on it, he decides to call her anonymously. They end up striking up quite a friendship – there’s a problem though, Patsy doesn’t know who he is. In the meantime, Patsy and Vinnie are getting to know each other in real life. Vinnie realizes that he will have to give up one relationship with Patsy in order to fully enjoy the other.
Not Exactly a Love Story, by Audrey Couloumbis is a delightful young adult novel. I adored Vinnie and felt for him. He was a nice guy but felt like nothing was going his way. Being able to call Patsy anonymously gave him some of the confidence he needed. It actually helped both of them – they were able to tell each other things during their late night calls that they didn’t dare tell anyone else.
I thought the plot of the book was really cute too. I think young readers will enjoy the flirty, romantic nature of Patsy and Vinnie’s relationship and will relate to at least one of the characters. I appreciated the fact that the book was clean, except for a certain word a time or two, so even younger YA readers can enjoy the book.
I listened to Not Exactly a Love Story and thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s expertly narrated by Maxwell Glick. He sound just like a teenager to me – at one point during the book, I looked him up to see how old he is. The audio is on 5 CDs and lasts approximately 6 hours.
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