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Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. But what sets this novel apart from similarly themed books is Wittlinger’s choice to present the story from John’s straight male point of view. Funny and poignant first-person narration will engender empathy for John as he attempts to connect with his emotionally distant parents and an understanding of how his need for their affection has manifested itself in romantic feelings for a girl he knows is unavailable to him.

Hard Love is a thoughtful and on-target addition to the growing canon of gay and lesbian coming-of-age stories.

Ages 12 and older –Jennifer Hubert From Publishers Weekly Wittlinger’s Lombardo’s Law somewhat overdramatized account of unrequited love explores the complexity of relationships in the s.

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The story unfolds through the thoughts and writings of John Galardi, a high school student who pens a zine called Bananafish in homage to J. John claims he is “immune to emotion,” until he meets fellow zine writer Marisol. But Marisol is a lesbian, and she makes it clear from the beginning that her relationship with John can go only so far.

John’s feelings for Marisol are clouded by his uncertainty about his own sexuality “I’m not even sure if I’m gay or not,” he admits to Marisol and his anger toward both of his parentsAhis mother, who has not touched him since her divorce five years ago, and his father, who “always manages to have pressing commitments on weekend nights” when John stays with him. John’s simmering passions for Marisol, which come to a full boil at the prom, predictably lead to disaster.

This self-consciously up-to-date novel scratches the surface of perhaps too many issues, but John’s intelligent, literate yet raw entries betray more to readers than he knows of himself. The awkwardness of awakening sexuality, a growing preoccupation with identity, and crossing the line from friendship to more are all themes here with which teens will readily identify.

June 19, Language: Not Enabled Word Wise: Not Enabled Screen Reader: Enabled Would you like to tell us about a lower price? 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.


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.

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They discuss everything from John’s inability to feel and his parent’s divorce to Marisol’s problems with her suffocating adoptive parents. When Marisol casually tells John that she likes him, he is flabbergasted: Nobody ever said that they liked me.

Not even [my friend] Brian, who probably actually doesn’t. And Marisol, who is exploring her identity as a young lesbian, has no idea how to let John down gently without losing her new best friend.

Ages 12 and older –Jennifer Hubert. Wittlinger’s Lombardo’s Law somewhat overdramatized account of unrequited love explores the complexity of relationships in the s. See all Editorial Reviews.

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Showing of 92 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try wittlingef later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I read this novel for yearofya July chat of unique novels Thursday July 27 at 8PM EST and this book uses zine entries, poetry, letters, and songs to tell the story of John Galardi who has used his zine, Bananafish to write about his horrible home life since his parents divorce 6 years ago.

He uses the pen name Giovanni and really likes one zine by Marisol who is Puerto Rican, Cuban and a lesbian. John also likes another zine by this girl, Diane Tree. John also has just 1 friend, Brian, who is gard nice but annoys John, but then again, everyone annoys John and this is all because of his parents divorce and subsequent lonely life.

So in short, John has a real negative attitude about everyone and everything. He hates himself and pours his sarcasm and biting humor into his zine, but when he meets Marisol, everything changes. This book reminded me of Beast by Brie Spangler, tore at my heart but loved the male ,ove characters because they are nice deep wittlinger guys uncertain about so many things, especially themselves.

It is a brave story of friendship, hard love, and for John, hard wittlingfr. He turns to zines for creativity and comfort. The noticeable absence of cell phones in the story also feels odd, considering their central role in contemporary teen culture. John becomes enamored of a zine called Escape Velocity and vows to meet its author, Marisol. He greets her with his own zine, Bananafish, and the two become fast but unlikely friends.


She successfully depicts her characters as thoughtful, reflective, autonomous teens who are well aware of the challenges they face.

This book’s primary appeal was working through an imperfect family, a lonely existence and growing up. It was like a caterpillar wittliinger into a winged butterfly. Also, the character of Marisol the self- identified lesbian was a significant catalyst to Gio’s breaking emotional barriers and a strong, steadyself- confident individual.

The dance between friendship and deeper affection was definitely at play. At times there was blurring of boundaries.

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However, there was no deceit but only misunderstanding of intentions. There was a “coming out” for John not as a gay guy but as an alive human being. This work did flow, kept your interest and had a eplen quality.

I’d rate this as a 3. Library Binding Verified Purchase. I got this book from a library, but I love it so much that I feel the need to own it. I have had similar experiences with my own ‘hard love’, so it hits pretty close to home. After I read it, I just felt like wittlinegr was something that I had needed to read. It taught me something. Sure, it isn’t a perfect novel or even a classic like The Great Gatsby, but it gave me something that I wouldn’t have gotten otherwise.

I really don’t understand the complaints of other reviewers who say that these are not ‘real’ or ‘normal’ teenagers. These kinds of problems are real and I see them reflected in my friends all the time. I’m lucky that I read it I picked it up on a whim and I think that anyone who has struggled with unrequited love needs to read it, too. This is one of my favorite. The cover pictured is not the cover I received.

The book came in perfect condition.

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