Ages 13 up
Published by: Random House Children's Books
Not Exactly a Love Storyby Audrey Couloumbis
Fifteen-year old Vinnie isn’t having a good year, and the ink on his parents divorce papers is barely dry when his mom announces that they’re moving from Queens to Long Island. The silver lining in all this is that they move 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. Under the cover of darkness, Vinnie becomes Vincenzo, Patsy’s mystery caller, and the two share a side of themselves they would never reveal in daylight and develop a surprisingly real connection (despite the lies it’s built on). As Vinnie gets to know Patsy in real life though, it becomes clear both identifies can’t survive and he’ll have to find a way to hang up the phone and step into the daylight. Fraught with complications and crackling with witty dialogue, and all the angst and electricity that comes with always being just a phone wire away from the one you want, acclaimed author Audrey Couloumbis’s YA debut tells a quirky, flirty, and smart story. It’s not exactly a love story . . . but it’s pretty close.