Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 256 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in
Published: April 1, 2001
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 068984154x
ISBN - 13: 9780689841545
From the Publisher
Since his parents'' divorce, John''s mother hasn''t touched him,
her new fiancé wants them to move away, and his father would rather
be anywhere than at Friday night dinner with his son. It''s no
wonder John writes articles like "Interview with the Stepfather"
and "Memoirs from Hell." The only release he finds is in homemade
zines like the amazing Escape Velocity by Marisol, a
self-proclaimed "Puerto Rican Cuban Yankee Lesbian." Haning around
the Boston Tower Records for the new issue of Escape
Velocity, John meets Marisol and a hard love is born.
While at first their friendship is based on zines, dysfuntional
families, and dreams of escape, soon both John and Marisol begin to
shed their protective shells. Unfortunately, John mistakes this
growing intimacy for love, and a disastrous date to his junior prom
leaves that friendship in ruins. Desperately hoping to fix things,
John convinces Marisol to come with him to a zine conference on
Cape Cod. On the sandy beaches by the Bluefish Wharf Inn, John
realizes just how hard love can be.
With keen insight into teenage life, Ellen Wittlinger delivers a
story of adolescence that is fierce and funny -- and ultimately
transforming -- even as it explores the pain of growing up.
VOYA Remembering that adolescence is a trying time filled
with questions and feelings, Hard Love is an intriguing
and absorbing novel.