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From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up–Carlos has a new job at the Long Beach Contemporary, a local art museum. His accounts of hanging with his friends Snake and Will at the bleachers, seeing a bizarre guy who pees on the floor at the museum, his girl tossing him aside for another guy she slept with, and meeting his coworker Vanessa are interspersed with Isabel's, a girl he doesn't know, though she goes to his high school. Her chapters begin as she is preoccupied with her boyfriend's death nearly a year earlier; later, they focus on her friendship with Vanessa, who pulls the two narrators into the same sphere. Aside from having loving parents, Isabel and Carlos seem to have more than their share of disappointment and tragedy when their first date at a Valentine dance ends with friends wrenched from their lives in a dreadful car accident. This slice-of-high-school-life captures reality, though Isabel's voice doesn't read quite as true as Carlos's. Readers will need to stick with the first half to get to a far more rewarding second half. Those who do may be touched by the hope the teens must garner to risk caring for one another in the wake of loss, a hope that Hernandez nicely embodies through skillful narrative structure and evocative language.–Suzanne Gordon, Peachtree Ridge High School, Suwanee, GA
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Seventeen-year-olds Carlos and Isabel narrate in alternating chapters the story of how they are drawn together across several weeks. Set in current day Long Beach, California, the teens’ lives and friends are vividly and realistically portrayed through dialogue, plot-driven action, and the protagonists’ interior emotions. Hernandez provides credible voices and compelling personalities for all of the teens as well as for the few adults who pass through their awareness. A lot—perhaps too much—happens in the course of the short period covered: Isabel, who has already experienced a boyfriend’s death the year before, now loses a friend in the same car accident that places Carlos’ best friend in a coma; other incidents include another girl’s pregnancy and vandalism at the museum where Carlos works as a guard. While the pace of unfolding events leaves little time to reflect on the details, Carlos and Isabel remain engaging, and the tension created by their growing attraction is brought to a satisfying denouement. These are realistic characters that teens will easily recognize and respect. Grades 9-12. --Francisca Goldsmith
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (January 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061173339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061173332
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #681,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By April Santos on July 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This was a great book. The events and emotions were all pretty realistic.
The beginning wasn't slow at all and I felt the characters were portrayed very realistically.
I agree with another reviewer that said Isabel was really depressing. But I think it was okay for the author to make her this way, with it being the anniversary of her boyfriend's death. Some people have a hard time getting over these things and it wasn't like she completely shut herself off from her friends or the rest of the world.
I thought Snake and Carlos were hilarious together.
Heidi's jealousy of Vanessa and Isabel getting closer together was also portrayed accurately. I have witnessed that happened to a few friends of mine.
I like how Carlos' and Isabel's relationship progressed. When they first meet, you begin to get nostalgic of when you first met someone you liked. You root for them and hope that something good happens.
The accident with Snake and Vanessa completely broke my heart. I think the author did a good job of showing Isabel's and Heidi's breakdown. Also, I was annoyed at first of Carlos' kissing Nadine, his fellow security guard and sneaking off to Mira, his ex-girlfriend, but I get it: he was vulnerable.
I like how the characters attempted to move on and accept what happened, especially with Isabel who has experienced two deaths within a year.
The only part of the book I didn't like was the ending. It felt abrupt and kind of left me with a question mark on my forehead. Obviously, Carlos' and Isabel's relationship grows but what else? And what happened to Snake?
I was surprised at (but didn't mind) the amount of alcohol and drugs that were involved. A lot of high school students do go through that: tons of partying, drinking and experimenting with pot.
So I think this is a really realistic book that shows dealing with relationships, the social life of a high school student, and as well as the growing up that comes with tragedy.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a sweet and sometimes humorous book that deals with death, grief, life, and love. It wasn't exactly what I was had thought it would be like but there is nothing wrong with that! I loved reading the alternating perspectives of Isabel and Carlos, their private fears and wishes, and their thoughts about each other and their friends. I was expecting to get to know Vanessa a lot more than I actually did and I felt there were some loose endings left with her storyline.

I liked Carlos's perspective the most, everytime he was in the art gallery that he worked at as a security guard my ears perked up. I loved it all, the strange artwork, the crazy man that comes into the gallery to destroy artwork, and the artist that comes in to repair his neon sign piece that has partially burnt out. It was a great atmosphere that the author created. You could definitely tell the author has a background in the arts! This passages really shine for me!

I found this a hopeful book that shows a great snapshot of teen life but felt like it barely scratched the surface of what the author had created for himself to play with.
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I liked this story but felt it had a lot of loose ends. Major plot points in most of the characters' lives were left incomplete. I suppose you could say that's realistic -- life is full of loose ends -- but it left me frustrated. What ultimately happened to Snake? What happened with Will and his girlfriend? And Vanessa, what happened at her old school that made her leave? You never found out.

Done properly, that kind of ambiguity can be a great literary device, but it's very hard to do and, in my opinion, the author couldn't make it work. Nevertheless this is a good novel with genuine friendships, which I would recommend.
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