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Length: 272 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up—With heartbreaking honesty, Martin's debut novel gets into the mind of 16-year-old Nick Severson. Still dealing with the effects of his parents' divorce, he plans to have a vacation with no commitments. However, the summer takes an interesting turn when Sasha Jasinski enters the picture. Nick is intrigued by the connection they seem to share but also put off by Sasha's initial disappointment with his behavior. To the shock of his friends, Nick stops seeing Dani to pursue Sasha. They grow closer both emotionally and physically. When things start to get too complicated for her, she breaks off the relationship only to discover a few weeks later that she is pregnant. What raises this novel above the many other teen titles dealing with sex and pregnancy is the authentic voice and emotion of the protagonist. Readers struggle with Nick as he deals with the loss of his first love and the decisions related to Sasha's pregnancy. His story challenges stereotypical notions of reckless teen sex and careless abortions; teen boys will especially applaud this portrayal of a devastated and conflicted young man who makes the right decisions, but still finds that his mistakes have repercussions. Sex, drugs, alcohol, and abortion are each portrayed realistically, and the novel gives invaluable insight into the adolescent mind and the world in which teens live.—Lynn Rashid, Marriots Ridge High School, Marriotsville, MD
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The book begins when 16-year-old Nick learns that Sasha, the girl who recently broke up with him, is pregnant. Then the story moves back and forward in time as Nick, in a true-to-life first-person narrative, describes what it was like to meet Sasha, fall in love with her, and then have to deal with an all-too-familiar situation. What lifts this from a run-of-the-mill problem novel is the honesty that Nick displays. A regular kid with a part-time job at a sports store, divorced parents who don’t speak, and a best friend who’s struggling with being gay, Nick runs a range of emotions. He can be sweet, he can be snotty, or oddly detached. His relationship with Sasha gives him vulnerability that Martin writes so well. The intensity of those feelings is raw, a counterpoint to the almost banal sexuality, except for their first time, when their painful dissatisfaction is spot-on. Kids will recognize themselves here, and though this is a morality tale, its lessons resonate. Grades 9-12. --Ilene Cooper

Product Details

  • File Size: 515 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0375845666
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (September 23, 2008)
  • Publication Date: September 23, 2008
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001GJ2QDI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,328 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Long before I was an author I was a fan of books about Winnie the Pooh, Babar, Madeline, Anne of Green Gables and anything by Judy Blume. Throughout high school my favourite class was English. No surprise, then, that most of my time spent at York University in Toronto was as an English major--not the traditional way to graduate with a B.A. in Film Studies but a fine way to get a general arts education.

After graduation I headed for Dublin, Ireland and spent the majority of the nineties there in forgettable jobs meeting unforgettable people and enjoying the buzz. I always thoughts I'd get around to writing in earnest eventually and I began writing my first novel in a flat in Dublin and finished it in a Toronto suburb. By then I'd discovered that writing about young characters felt the freshest and most exciting to me.

Currently residing near Toronto with my Dub husband, I became an Irish citizen in 2001 and continue to visit Dublin as often as I can. My first book, I Know It's Over, came out with Random House in September 2008 and was followed by One Lonely Degree, The Lighter Side of Life and Death, My Beating Teenage Heart and Yesterday. My newest YA, The Sweetest Thing You Can Sing, will hit shelves on September 1st. I've also released a book called Come See About Me, featuring my first adult character, a grieving twenty-year-old named Leah.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By courtney summers on October 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I read another review that said I Know It's OVer was going to break my heart, so I picked it up and was prepared to be totally heartbroken. I might have even been looking forward to it, because I like a good heartbreaking story (it's usually the happy ones that freak me out).

But as much as I thought I was prepared for this book, I totally wasn't. It doesn't just break your heart--that's putting it too mildly--this book will rip your heart out of your chest, break it a thousand times over and then direct you to the cupboard where the glue is so you can begin the process of pasting the pieces of your old heart into a NEW heart.

The good news: it's so worth it.

I Know It's Over is a book about a guy named Nick and his intense, all-consuming relationship with a girl named Sasha. The two are so full of each other they can hardly breathe. When they break up, Sasha citing a need for space, Nick is devastated. It's not what he wants and he struggles to understand how it's something she could.

And then Sasha comes back--not to tell Nick she wants to get back together... but to tell him she's pregnant. Together--but not--they must figure out what to do, how to cope and how to continue after the decision is made.

This is one YA novel that really impressed me. It tackles some big issues--teen pregnancy, sex, sexuality--but never once feels like an Issue Book. Martin never once goes for a melodramatic or heavy-handed approach, nor does she have an agenda, which is sure to make people on either side of the fence mad.

Nick is one of the most memorable male protagonists I've read in a long time. His observations are candid and devastating.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ::Sara:: on May 6, 2009
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A heart-strings pulling story about teenage love, friendships, and family, consequential life-altering decisions and understanding, and the evolvement of [forced] maturity within a brief span of time - while still holding on to the characteristical youth... as life goes on.

Not just your everyday, sappy "teddy bear love" type of teenage love that disintegrates almost as soon as it begins - but rather, the kind that unexpectedly takes your breath away and reformulates your heart's desire with its permanent indentation. The friendships, which give a solid glimpse into the the effects, pressures, and comraderie that can form within one's youth, and family events and actions that may feel like near tragic stories in the future - all become experiences that shape and guide the younger characters into the years of maturity and eventual adulthood that they inevitably face.

C.K.Kelly Martin portrays each character so accurately to their respected situation, that you will fluidly visualize and hear them speaking in the voices that you know they were intended. She also brilliantly narrates as a 16 year-old boy, and not for one moment will you ever imagine anyone else telling the story.

Although I am not a young adult, I was unable to put this book down for long! The story captures your heart (have I mentioned that yet?) and reaches into your emotions, pulling you into finding out where the path leads for Nick and Sasha.

There are brief moments in a few scenes that may be slightly graphic and heavy for some young readers. With that being said, those particular scenes really do provide for a more deeply rooted and precise understanding of why, how, and where Nick and Sasha are headed by the end of the story. Without those scenes, it may not have painted the picture that the author so beautifully literated for us.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on September 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Nick plans on having a long, carefree summer with no distractions and no problems. What with his parents' divorce and his father's new girlfriend, Nick needs all the downtime he can get. Even the girl he's seeing (Dani) is starting to get to him. The girl is up for anything, but for some reason Nick just doesn't seem that in to it anymore.

But Nick's summer plans of carefree go out the window when Sasha shows up. She's been going to school with him for as long as he can remember. They've just never really talked to each other. One day they do, and suddenly something starts. Sasha is totally different than Dani and isn't about to do anything sexual quite so fast. But Nick and Sasha start getting hot and heavy by the time fall rolls around. And then Sasha breaks it off, saying that she wants to be able to concentrate on school and getting into the best college. Nick is crushed, but there's not much he can do.

Then, on Christmas Eve, Sasha shows up out of nowhere and tells Nick that she's pregnant. Sure, they were always careful and used protection, but one time something happened. Neither one of them thought much about it at the time, but now they're over-analyzing the night. Sasha is hesitant about her decision regarding the baby. After she tells her parents, she decides on an abortion, and doesn't really let Nick have much say. Nick, being so mixed up about the whole situation, really wishes Sasha would talk to him more and let him be involved. But the truth is that they could never really have a relationship again, even with the baby.

With the help of his gay best friend (Nathan) and his other best friend (Keelor), Nick manages to make it through this whole fiasco. But will he ever have another chance with Sasha?
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