Winter Town

Winter Town

Book - 2011
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Evan and Lucy, childhood best friends who grew apart after years of seeing one another only during Christmas break, begin a romance at age seventeen but his choice to mindlessly follow his father's plans for an Ivy League education rather than becoming the cartoonist he longs to be, and her more destructive choices in the wake of family problems, pull them apart.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316133326
0316133329
Characteristics: 315 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.

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JessReads321
Oct 10, 2016

Sometimes, I like to just grab a book off the shelf that catches my eye, and this was one of those. And man, I was not disappointed. This is one of those rare YA novels that actually feels real. Highly recommended.

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livieb17
Feb 07, 2016

I won this book a while ago, although I didn't think that it sounded that great. Nevertheless, I picked it up, and was surprised at how much I found myself enjoying it. I really loved the story, and like almost every book that I read, I wish that there could have been more in the ending, but I still liked the ending as it was. I didn't really have any big problems with this book, besides from the back description. From reading that, it sounds like the main idea of the book, is going to be a struggle and fighting between Evan and Lucy until Evan found 'Old Lucy.' And in all honesty, that is absolutely not what the book is about. It does talk about that. But that is the main topic on the back description, meaning that it should take up most of the book's plot.
So not true. Which really frustrated me. I just think that the back description should be rewritten.

EmilyBoban May 10, 2014

I loved his other work, but this one just didn't really speak to me. Don't get me wrong, I loved the characters, and I'm looking forward on completing my school project on this novel, but I just didn't expect it to be the way it was written. Great ending, though!

Dimmu16 Aug 03, 2013

I thought this was a okay story. But not that interesting.

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Missnothing
Jun 21, 2013

I thought the infusion of the illustrations and comics was lovely, detailed yet casual. They added hints of indie joy that filled my heart at the creativity and the passion. What was problematic was the switching of perspectives. I really wish the author would have just stuck to one. Another issue was the character's seemed one-D and I wanted to know more about them other than Evan was a straight A student with dreams of being an artist with a perfect home and Lucy was the opposite Manic Pixie Dream Girl with punked out clothing. It would have been more realistic to me if there was more depth. However, the plot was very cute and reminded me of (500) Days of summer or The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. If you liked those movies you may be interested in this book. Be sure to read it close to the holidays! The book is seems best with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate at Starbucks or by a Christmas tree. This books is a perfect Christmas gift for a teenage girl.

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ychi
Jun 26, 2012

Let’s say this upfront—the illustrations are fab. The loose, casual comic drawings are probably the only kind of cartoon that would work exceptionally well with YA besides manga, and in black and white they look even more stylish. The fact that there’s a mini and charming storyline within makes them an excellent source of dramatic relief (to use some playwright lingo).

Otherwise? Not much to talk about. Voice—Stephen Edmond does not capture it. The writing is there, always in the way for you to spot and occasionally trip over; there’s no sense of style (in contrast to the illustrations, which makes sense if Edmond was originally an illustrator). Sure, maybe Eric has school and parental figure problems, but without anything to endear him to the reader, we really don’t give a fig.

Same with Lucy. TTtT (to tell the truth), when her perspective came around, I was put off even more. With her “he doesn’t know what happened to me” pout and her wild urges (e.g. graffiti on walls, break Eric’s heart [WTH?]) that are obvious stereotypes, Lucy seems more like a stock character whose bleak and cynical outlook combine with her druggie boyfriend and overblown homefront problems to prevent the reader from liking her at all.

It’s awful to say this, but even the ‘rents are stereotypes. Eric’s father is the pressuring, get-into-an-Ivy-League-uni dad, while Lucy’s parents are used to explain away her newfound issues. And the plot: after the expected almost-romance and fight, the two go their separate ways, and the only light comes when they chance to see each other on the streets of Brooklyn. I mean, way to wrap up a downward-spiraling story. Tacking on an extra ray of hope doesn’t make this novel inspiring.

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Aug 06, 2016

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Missnothing
Jul 13, 2013

Missnothing thinks this title is suitable for 20 years and under

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