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Product Details

  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Cherokee McGhee (February 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979969476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979969478
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,872,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's been a long time since I couldn't put a book down but this one did it! It is a poignant yet humorous "coming of age" story that keeps you wondering what is going to happen next. Sometimes I cheered at the characters' actions, sometimes I cringed, sometimes I was sad at how things were going, and honestly, sometimes I found myself sitting all by myself laughing out loud. I found myself really caring about Zuke, the main character and to me, that's the hallmark of a good book. Perfect ending. Like a couple of the other reviewers, I am hoping there is a sequel. Sequel or another story entirely, I am anxiously awaiting this author's next book!
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Loved, loved, loved LOVE ON THE BIG SCREEN. The story of Zuke, a student at a small Christian college, will make you laugh, think, and reminisce about the 80's and 90's through clever details and pop culture allusions.
There is a resonant truth in the story of Zuke that we can all relate to as he struggles with love, relationships, college life, and quest for true happiness. Torgerson's prose is fresh, and the characters he created are true to life and very relatable, while at the same time interesting and often surprising. LOVE ON THE BIG SCREEN is a page turing read that succeeds in creating a perfect balance of humor and thought provoking themes.
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First of all...I Loved the male club title given to the character Zuke and his fellow friends involved...
"Brothers in Pursuit" (Zuke, Cowboy, The Dini, Moon, and Flabby)...Young Men whom are in pursuit of God,
knowledge, compassion and women. Through out reading the book I tried to picture the young men I went to school with and pair them up with the characters I've mentioned above. A few came to mind and one I thought could be Zuke.(so, I chuckled through out reading and thought how fun it would be to send a copy to all and get reactions...if that doesn't happen, I will definately share with my male classmate buddies)

My experience:

I really enjoyed reminiscing my beloved decade of choice through this book and enjoyed reading of places mentioned that I know about and have visited by living close.(I've had a similar experience of a memoir novel I read not long ago set in Richmond IN)
So, placement of where the story takes place was Fun for me...

Reading about Zuke, who has unrealistic expectations about Love created through the 80's movies he loves, gave me an inside look into what it's like for a male to experience mid-west conservative Christian college life in the late 1980's...something I never thought about at all since College Life was never an option/or should I say, an option I wanted to pursue at that time in my life. Aww Zuke, the poor guy...I did feel bad for him in a sense.(I've been there...just in a different way. What woman doesn't experience The Cinderella Syndrome...if she's honest with herself anyway) Isn't that what Hollywood film/TV/even fiction novels can do to every normal mid-westerner??(of course, speaking personally...
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By HL on January 25, 2011
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This book is a must read for everyone who came of age in the 80's! You won't be able to put it down!
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Zuke rules! The story of Zuke and his college loves and losses at a religious college is at turns funny, sweet, touching and always charming and right on the mark for everyone who remembers their college days. Detail and writing is wonderful and the shout-outs to "Say Anything" and other gr'eighties movies are super cool. In a very well-meaning and complimentary way, "Love on the Big Screen" is like "The Sterile Cuckoo" for the 90s. Er...in the 2010's. Superb read!
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I was initially drawn to reading this book after meeting the author in a writing workshop. As an alumni from the "real" Pison Nazarene College, I couldn't help but being drawn into the world of Zuke, Abby, and the rest of the characters. If you have never gone to college or stayed in a dorm, this book will make you want to have those experiences.
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Zuke believes he has a grasp on how love works, he has watched and studied just about every 80s movie flick out there. Zuke is a sophomore at a Nazarene college, on the basketball team--albeit a bench warmer, and English major. You would think as an English major he loves reading/writing...well no a beautiful girl named, Abby is an English major and so Zuke signed up for the same major in order to get to know her better--it's what Lloyd Dobler from Say Anything would do.

With his good friends, the Brothers in Pursuit, they seek God, Knowledge, compassion and most importantly women. Through the ups and downs of relationships, love and the intricacy of life Zuke learns everything he learned in the movies is nothing like real life.

I couldn't help but like Zuke. He was so much the everyman underdog character. In those great 80s movies growing up (yes yes I just aged myself) I always loved the Farmer Ted/Lloyd Dobler's of the movies. I couldn't help but feel like I was getting a rare glimpse into the male psyche, while reading Love on the Big Screen. This book would have sure helped when I was in high school!

All joking aside, I did enjoy reading Love on the Big Screen. For me, I thought it had a slow start, but the more I got to know Zuke and his friends the more I enjoyed it. Once Zuke, started waking up and realizing how love in the movies is very different than real life I liked him even more. More than anything I really enjoyed the ending. The ending was all about being real and not a `movie' type ending. The only real negative was a guy humor. Not really my thing, but that might be because I'm a girl. A definite lighthearted read.
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