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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Two Pigeons Press (June 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0991816137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0991816132
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,196,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I wrote my first novel, "Kimberly and the Seventh Grade Disaster", when I was thirteen years old. Good thing it never saw the light of day.

In the years since, I continued writing stories, earned a degree in creative writing from Concordia University, read a lot of books (some over and over, like Catcher in the Rye), watched a lot of movies, got married and became a step-mom. The Pool Theory is my first novel that strangers are allowed to read.

To read more about the book: www.thepooltheory.com
To read more about me: www.alexanazzaro.com


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tez Miller on July 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
Wow.

I request a lot of stuff on NetGalley, reeled in by the appealing summaries. Most times I DNF these books, but sometimes you strike it lucky: a novel from an author (and publisher) you've never heard of before, that knocks your socks off. Alexa Nazzaro's THE POOL THEORY is that book.

It's told from the point of view of tenth-grader Kye, whose voice and thoughts are completely and utterly believable. Most times when female authors write men, they're just not realistic (in my female opinion), but Kye totally is. The tone reminded me of the film JUNO, and not just because of the subject matter. The up-in-the-air ending will frustrate readers wanting closure, but I understand why the author chose it - because in life, you can't see the future. And I applaud any author with the guts to tell it like it is.

The characters watch a lot of '80s films, which felt like the author giving the characters her taste, but otherwise I was completely into THE POOL THEORY, and highly recommend it for fans of smart, honest, and awkward contemporary teen fiction. I'm definitely looking forward to whatever comes next from Alexa Nazzaro.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sandy @ Craving YA Reads on July 11, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Social issues spill over in this contemporary novel about a young boy who has to deal with an unplanned pregnancy.

So many questions came to mind when I was reading this book. How many times have teenagers have had unprotected sex? -raises hand- Or even adults? Let's not leave them out - even if this book is based on teenagers having unprotected sex. How many have believed in a theory that if they had sex a certain way or at a certain time it acted a birth control method? Or risked unprotected sex that could lead to a sexually-transmitted disease like HIV? 'The Pool Theory' addresses all these issues in one thought-provoking novel. Kye Preston believed in a 'Pool Theory'. Believed in it until Annie Cooper, a summer fling, turned up and announced she was pregnant and told him it was his.

The strength in this story comes in the fact that it was told in the male POV and we can get to see a teenage pregnancy through the eyes of the father, not the mother. Most books deal with the girl being pregnant and the boy who made her that way is vilified, especially if he doesn't support her the way he should. Kye's story is a good reminder that both sides of the pregnancy are affected. Kye had his own life ahead of him, an almost girlfriend, and a life. In a matter of moments, he was going through pregnancy, abortion and adoption issues. The only thing he's not going through is the physical changes. This happens all the time in real life.

I really think this book was written to make people, particularly teenagers, think about their attitudes towards girls and, yes, boys who find themselves in a situation that they never pictured themselves in. In fact, this book showed slut-shaming at its worst.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Misses T on July 10, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this book. Characters were developed and really pulled you into the story. I like that the book touched on a serious subject - definitely not a fluff read. This book's ending leaves things to the imagination.... i do hope there is a sequel. I would snatch it up in a heartbeat!
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Format: Paperback
All the way to the end, I felt very torn with this story. I decided that the best way to describe my sentiments about this read was to break it down in bullets of “Pros, Cons and On The Fence”, maybe adding some side notes here and there.

Kye Peyton is a young boy of High School age whom has found himself in the midst of that all too familiar controversy of Teen Pregnancy.
Kye is your atypical misfit, and has learned to make due with what he has and what he knows.
This story is told in first person, via the view of the boy as opposed to the girl.

Side note:
I found that to be a very unique take on the subject as for the most part, works like this would typically be told via the view of the girl.

This story is more about the roller coaster ride of emotions that a teen faces in this circumstance.

Following is the character breakdown:

~Kye: Main character and the narrator of the story
~Annie: The pregnant girl.
~Claudia: Kye’s crush.
~Anthony: Kye’s life long friend.
~Julian: Kye’s newest friend.
~The other characters consist of family members and school friends.

Pros:

~I was impressed and found commendable that the author delved in this controversial subject in the way that she did.
~The first (opening) scene in very alluring.
~Good quarrel.
~By chapter 4 the title is explained.
~Great conversational piece. Perfect for a teenage book club.
~This story shows that boys/guys do indeed have feelings when it comes to teen pregnancy–contrary to popular belief.

Cons:

~The dialogue felt too immature for the most part. At time the dialogue was just plain childish.
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By Kathleen Saba on January 16, 2014
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful book for many high school classrooms! Filled with a multitude of issues that all students can relate to, it is a captivating read for the teacher as well! The Pool Theory uses current and relevant language, and addresses subjects that will keep young adults interested!

The author does an amazing job creating a voice for the main character as of the first pages from the first chapter. Her writing style captures perfectly the emotions and thoughts of a fifteen year old boy. The plot is extremely realistic and honest, which can create a perfect dialogue in a classroom. It is sure to stir up powerful opinions from boys and girls alike.

Totally loved this book!
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