Not Exactly A Love Story by Audrey CouloumbisNot Exactly A Love Story by Audrey Couloumbis

Not Exactly A Love Story

byAudrey Couloumbis

Paperback | July 22, 2014

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“A fifteen-year-old creates an alter ego to woo his dream girl. Compulsively readable.” —The New York Times
This quirky, flirty, and smart story will appeal to fans of Frank Portman’s King Dork, John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines, and Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park. It’s not exactly a love story . . . but it’s pretty close.
It’s 1977. Fifteen-year-old Vinnie is recovering from the worst case of acne his dermatologist’s ever seen. His girl moved to California without saying good-bye. And the ink on his parents’ divorce papers is barely dry when his mom announces they’re moving from Queens to Long Island. The silver lining? Moving next door to Patsy, everyone’s dream girl. Not that she’d ever notice him. But when Vinnie calls Patsy one night, it leads to a chain of anonymous midnight conversations, and the two develop a surprisingly strong connection despite the lies it’s built on. But as Vinnie gets to know Patsy in real life, it’s clear that both identities can’t survive. . . .

From the Hardcover edition.
AUDREY COULOUMBIS's first book for children, Getting Near to Baby, won the Newbery Honor in 2000.
Title:Not Exactly A Love StoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.25 × 5.44 × 0.62 inPublished:July 22, 2014Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:037586606X

ISBN - 13:9780375866067


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Exactly a Love Story by Audrey Couloumbis Despite not ever having heard anything about Couloumbis or Not Exactly a Love Story, I was intrigued. I mean, how many YA books do you hear about set in the 1970s? That's just not a popular era for historical fiction yet. At first, I wasn't too sure whether this was going to be something I would enjoy. Couloumbis tackles the subject of divorce. Vinnie, through the course of the novel, works through his emotions about the separation of his parents. He comes to realize, in a very realistic plot arc, that just because he loves both his parents that they don't necessarily make each other happy anymore. I love that he has not just two present parents, but three, as Mr. B totally steps up. Of course, all of the parents make mistakes, but they're just so obviously a loving family. Couloumbis won me over to her odd, unique, surprisingly sweet story.
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute story with great voice narration I listened to this audiobook while commuting to my job and while working. It was a cute story without any complication. Vinnie is a typical underdog who underestimates his abilities, athletic, smarts, and popularity potential. Patsy is your typical popular girl, who use to be an outcast. I could related to both these characters - despite having nothing in common with Patsy. There were times that I found Vinnie to be fake and unlikeable - I think that had something to do with the personas he was trying to keep up for Patsy, both as himself and as Vincenzo. But overall I really liked how he was written and how he developed throughout the story. I love how Patsy developed throughout the story - she turned into a real person not just a typical, stereotypical blonde popular high school girl. The story as a whole was cute and well written. I found the events believable. The only problem I found was that I didn't even realize that this was written in a specific time period (the 70s). Obviously it wasn't in present time because they weren't using cellphones but actual landline phones. This is nothing against the story exactly, but I was surprised to read that it was based in 1977 when starting this review (I had read the description ages ago). Overall, this was a nice easy read (or I guess listen for me). I actually put aside another book I was reading in order to finish this one - listening to it on my lunch instead of reading the physical book I had brought with me. I would recommend this as a summer read or if you just want something cute with an underdog story. I have a soft spot for the underdogs and despite the fake feeling I had every once and a while with Vinnie, I couldn't help but root for him. I guess I should mention that the voice narration was great. The narrator had a believable voice for Vinnie and he did a great job doing the voices for the rest of the characters too - including the Italian New York accent!
Date published: 2014-06-26

Editorial Reviews

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2012:
“Not exactly a perfect story. But it comes pretty close.”