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But what gree this novel apart from similarly themed books is Wittlinger’s choice to present the story from John’s straight male point of view. Customers who bought this item also bought. Marisol doesn’t know how to let him down, without losing her new best friend.

Things I’ll Never Wittlknger. You can remove the unavailable item s now or we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout. When John tries to kiss her, Marisol refuses.

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John also likes another zine by this girl, Diane Tree. He tries to talk to her before she leaves but, running short on time, she hurries away. Publishers Weekly found Hard Love “somewhat overdramatized” but “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.


Your display name should be at least 2 characters long. John’s simmering passions for Marisol, which come to a full boil at the prom, predictably lead to disaster. Tell us what you like, so we can send you books you’ll love. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. School Library Journal This is a smart addition to YA collections and a good recommendation to readers who may be feeling outside the norm.

You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: This is one of my favorite books. 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.

Not Enabled Word Wise: Hard Love is an award-winning young adult novel written by author Ellen Wittlinger. While John is spending time with his divorced father, he starts to ask questions about Al, the man his mother is marrying. Printz Winners and Honor Books”. Sign up and get a free eBook!

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Desperately hoping to fix things, John convinces Marisol to come with him to a zine conference on Cape Cod. Funny and poignant first-person narration will engender empathy for John as he attempts to connect with harx 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. While at first lvoe friendship is based on zines, dysfuntional families, and dreams of escape, soon both John and Marisol begin to shed their protective shells.


John, who can be mean since his parents’ divorce six years ago, and Marisol, who has recently come out as a lesbianmeet kove their interests in writing zinesinto which they pour their life stories.

Throughout the story, John and Marisol try to keep their friendship intact through writing zines together. John writes letters to his mother and father, mails his father’s to him, leaves his mother’s on the pillow, and heads to the bus station to meet with Marisol.

He greets her with his wittpinger zine, Bananafish, and the two become fast but unlikely friends.