272 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.7 in
December 29, 2009
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 141697914X
ISBN - 13: 9781416979142
About the Book
Fan favorite Marisol Guzman is back in the companion novel to Ellen Wittlinger's Printz Honor Book "Hard Love."
Read from the Book
Chapter One I would never have agreed to room with Birdie for the year if I'd known he intended to pick up every stray that wandered across his path. The cat (which had shown up on the fire escape) had already shredded my favorite sweater, the puppy (from a box at the farmers' market) was a crotch sniffer, and I had put my foot down at the first glimpse of that smelly ferret crossing the threshold. But I was too dumbfounded to come up with an appropriate response when he showed up with a lost human being. I'd taken Noodles, the pug-poodle mutt, out to pee, so I was already late for my shift at the Mug when Birdie appeared in the doorway with a gorilla looming over his shoulder. "Oh, great, you're still here!" Birdie said. "I wanted you to meet my new friend, Damon. Damon, Marisol." He flipped his hand between us. "Damon is in the theater department at Emerson too!" Birdie exclaimed, as if it were miraculous that he'd met someone from his own program. "Don't let Marisol fool you," he continued. "She's small, but she bites." Damon smiled nervously and extended a large paw in my direction, but when I clasped it, there didn't seem to be much life in it. "Damon is brilliant," Birdie continued. "Oh my God, every word out of his mouth!" There didn't seem to be all that many words in his mouth, but he was cute in a blushing, bearish sort of way, so I assumed "is brilliant" was Birdie's euphemism for "turns me on." Whatever. "Listen, I'm late," I said. "I already peed
From the Publisher
Marisol Guzman from Hard Love is older and wiser. She has graduated from high school and deferred Stanford for a year so she can pursue her newest dream, writing a novel. She has taken an apartment in Somerville with her best friend Birdie, a waitressing job at the legendary Mug in Cambridge, and signed up for "How To Write Your First Novel" at the adult learning annex.
But on the first day, she isn't sure what is a bigger suprise, that Gio is in her class or that it is being taught by Olivia Frost, the most beautiful, intelligent woman she has ever laid eyes on. Between that; Birdie bringing home his new boyfriend (who is equally afraid of Marisol and the cat) to live with them; and Lee, a high school senior who has fallen head over heels for Marisol, she can hardly keep things straight. Especially once she herself falls into her first real relationship with the twenty-eight year old Olivia.
As Marisol becomes more and more involved with Olivia, she begins to wonder if she is too blinded by love to see the truth.
"The emotional morass of Marisol's life...is complex and realistic; it will draw in both fans of the earlier novel...and realistic-fiction readers seeking a love story with depth."--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books