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The Story of Us Hardcover – April 24, 2012

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*Starred Review* Caletti’s latest Pacific Northwest romance is a stunner, with depth and ambiguity that respects and challenges the reader. Recent high-school graduate Cricket is at a crossroads in so many areas of her life: she can’t decide which college to attend; she has pushed away her adoring, long-term boyfriend, Janssen; the beloved family dog is clearly on her last legs; and her notorious “runaway bride” mother has found a terrific guy, Dan, and is getting married and moving out of the family home. Set over the course of the wedding week at an inn on the coast, the plot swirls to a heady, comedic climax while letters from Cricket to Janssen provide backstory. Among the wedding guests are Dan’s two spoiled, possessive teen daughters from a previous marriage, two sets of sparring grandparents, and the incredibly attractive Ash, a local boy who flirts nonstop with Cricket. Like many of Caletti’s protagonists, Cricket is a tremendously sympathetic Everygirl coping with issues of abandonment and trust. The tone of her narrative swings between wry accounts of comic wedding mishaps and heartbreaking meditations on the nature of love and loss: “Love, deep and endless and brave in the face of certain loss—through death and leavings and growing up and letting go.” One of Caletti’s best, this is a title to reread and savor. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: A multistate author tour and plenty of promotional backing will ensure this book garners attention even beyond Caletti’s sizable fan base. Grades 8-12. --Debbie Carton

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* "Caletti’s latest Pacific Northwest romance is a stunner, with depth and ambiguity that respects and
challenges the reader.... One of Caletti’s best, this is a title to reread and savor." --Booklist, starred review

"Thoughtful and poetic... quite moving... a rewarding story of a girl's struggle to live and love in a world of constant change." --Publishers Weekly

"Caletti tosses readers into a story that is fast paced from the get-go. Cricket is very appealing. Her concerns about life’s changes feel real; her relationships with her mom and brother are loving and honest... A thoughtful and enjoyable book..." --School Library Journal

"There is a crowd of characters with a nice variety of simple to complex backstories, all of whom... to have a valid part to play." --VOYA

"Smart, likable Cricket is supported by a surfeit of colorful characters and plenty of action.... Caletti [has] exceptional insight into and compassion for her characters..." --Kirkus Reviews

"Caletti's talent for creating interesting, complex characters and relationships that remind readers of their own families shines through in this novel.... a beautiful, emotion-driven story. This is yet another excellent, family-oriented novel."  --thecompulsivereader.com

"One thing I could not stress enough is how real this book felt through the way characters acted and interacted with each other. This could be any family. The specific memories made it theirs, but the human interaction that came out through the novel could belong to anyone.... I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and would recommend it for anyone who enjoys thinking about how we communicate and interact with others, and what it means to grow up." --darkfaerietales.com

"The story is driven by meticulously delineated and authentically imperfect characters—even Jupiter, Cricket’s elderly beagle, has a personality all her own—and sharp, clever Gilmore Girls-esque dialogue. Cricket’s first-person narration is mature and...self-aware; her observations about the nature of family, friendship, and the canine/human connection ring true." --The Horn Book

“Caletti’s writing possesses both vigor and perceptivity, with characters brought to vivid life in a quick turn of phrase. Readers uncertain about their own upcoming big moves into adulthood may relate to Cricket’s anxiety and applaud her negotiation of a difficult transition." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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