Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Big Crunch by Pete Hautman

Genre: romance
Series and Book #: none
Pages: 280

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, June and Wes 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.

This is a love story for people not particularly biased toward romance. But it is romantic, in the way that the truth can be romantic and uncertainty can be the biggest certainty of all.


I was a bit unsure when I was handed this book and told that it was cute and funny and worth the read. And through the first couple of chapters, that uncertainty followed me. But as June and Wes continue to talk and meet, I felt that the story was picking up and soon I couldn't put the book down!

True to the summary, this is not the average book love story. It's an average, everyday love story--sort of--with two people who see each other, notice one another, and eventually talk. June travels a lot because of her dad's job and Wes just ended his long-time relationship with his girlfriend, Izzy. They both weren't looking for a romance. I thought Pete did a wonderful job of having them come together, then go apart, somewhat teasing the reader. He was also great in writing June and Wes's relationship. They obviously loved each other, but they had their fights and they had their moments of well, what now?

Overall, I thought this was a well-written romance, with just enough stuff to make it interesting and to keep me engaged, but also the average fights and times when they didn't quite know where the relationship was going. I also thought that Pete did a great job of showing us who Wes and June were without adding too many details, along with the side characters. This is a great, under-the-radar summer read and a wonderful romance.

The Cover: Its exactly how Wes and June's relationship goes throughout the seasons. I liked it the moment I was given the book.

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