To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Love on the Big Screen Paperback – February 10, 2011
|New from||Used from|
Four girls on a trip to Paris suddenly find themselves in a high-stakes game of Truth or Dare that spirals out of control. Learn More
If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $1.99 (Save 72%). Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
Top Customer Reviews
In 1989, Eric "Zuke" Zauchas is a student at Pison Nazarene College, a small religious school in Indiana he chose because of the chance to play basketball, although he doesn't get the chance to play very much. He and his best friends are part of a club called the Brothers in Pursuit—while they do almost everything together anyway, every Sunday night they wear matching, embroidered boxer shorts and helmets, play games they invented, and report on their pursuits of truth, compassion, God, and women. (Not necessarily in that order.)
Zuke believes life should be like it is in the movies he watches—Sixteen Candles, Weird Science, The Princess Bride, and especially Say Anything. Like that movie's protagonist, Lloyd Dobler, Zuke believes he should pursue a dare-to-be-great situation, and he thinks he's found it in Abby, a girl in his English class. He devises a plan so that they're frequently together—he decides to become an English major like she is. They get along perfectly, and both feel a connection.
The challenge is, Abby happens to be dating Cheese (Brett), Pison's star basketball player. She's known Cheese nearly her entire life and thought of little but marrying him. Her relationship with Zuke has opened her eyes that perhaps she needs to expand her horizons a little bit. But will she break up with Cheese and start dating Zuke, or will she break Zuke's heart?Read more ›
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.
"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)
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...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've had a pleasure to attending a writing workshop with this author. I think he's a great and genuine individual. I was also very excited to read this book. Read morePublished on September 11, 2012 by Joe Suppes
A superbly written, heartfelt story that was extremely hard to put down. Amazing characters and unique theme about a young man's journey through college using 80's romantic... Read morePublished on May 18, 2012 by Jeremy Vogt
I received this book from the author through Goodreads and first I would like to say thank you for the inscription and autograph of the book. That makes it so special. Read morePublished on March 30, 2012 by Sam
A delightful and absorbing read. The 80's nostalgia is a delight in and of itself but the characters and narrative could be of any era. Read morePublished on December 28, 2011 by Dolly Chugh
Zuke believes he has a grasp on how love works, he has watched and studied just about every 80s movie flick out there. Read morePublished on November 22, 2011 by Laura Kay
This book works on at least three levels. It works as a poignant look at what love really is and how the idealized love portrayed in movies (particularly rom-coms and 80's romance... Read morePublished on May 8, 2011 by James L. Peters
Simply put; I did not want this book to end. Personally, Love on the Big Screen joins an elite handful of books that have caused me to cancel all prior engagements in order to... Read morePublished on March 28, 2011 by CarrollChargers
What a great read! This book moves at a nice, crisp pace and the protagonist, Zuke, is utterly likable and surprisingly complex. Read morePublished on March 27, 2011 by Pigasus