Since his parents' divorce, John's mother hasn't touched him, her new fiancÚ 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.
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Hard LoveUser Review - llillybug - Overstock.com
My daughter loves this book. She has read it many times from the school library and finally after the school offering to sell it to me used for $20 I decided to just purchase it for her. She was very happy and has read it again! Read full review
I really loved this book. the forbidden love is what made me love to the I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!! i read alot of books and moost of the books i read never come close to this book. the samples of zines in the book are really funny and yet sad i really enjoyed this book and recommended it to 3 of my friends and they alll loved it and i would recommend it to anyone who likes forbiden love novels and wouldnt mind that she is a lesbain
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