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The Story of Us Paperback – 1 April 2013
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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
"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"
"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
"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"
"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"
"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"
"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"
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- ASIN : 1442423471
- Publisher : Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (1 April 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781442423473
- ISBN-13 : 978-1442423473
- Reading age : 12 years and up
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.54 x 20.96 cm
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I have read more than twenty books in the last several months, and ‘The Story of Us’ is the best thing I have read. In case my mere word is not enough, I will use this example to make my point: I actually skipped my entire lunchtime at work in order to continue reading this book. In the last several chapters as everything was coming to an end, after having walked the journey alongside these characters, I began to sob. I cried so hard that I couldn’t see the words on the pages. It was a bittersweet kind of ending for me; I hate saying goodbye to things that matter to me, just as main character Cricket does. We had that in common. We had many, many things in common. She became a friend. That’s what Deb Caletti accomplishes whenever she writes. She doesn’t give us characters and stories, she gives us friends and journeys that we don’t want to end.
Cricket struggles with the same thing: this fear of change, of letting go and moving on. Some people may be able to leap right into change, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t all a bit weary of it. As I said before, I related to Cricket. I shared her values, her love for family, I even had her same quirks. There are parts of Cricket that we all can relate to – something familiar within her. We not only live this story with her, but as part of her. Caletti gives us all the opportunity to reflect on our own lives and overcomes our own challenges on this journey with Cricket. We remember what it felt like to be 18 years old, and younger. We remember what it feels like to grow up. We know what it feels like to learn about love – the good, the bad, the confusion, and the comfort. We are reminded that love – and all that it is – is what connects each moment, is what writes the stories of our lives.
I fell in love with Cricket, her family, and her dog Jupiter from the moment I met them. I was instantly wrapped up in their world, experiencing their lives, creating moments that would become part of mine. And Jupiter… she became my best friend. She’ll become yours. Dogs are so easy to love. Because they love us back without any hesitation. Cricket discusses this – the love of dogs – with each letter she writes to her own true love. And Jupiter helps her – helps US – strive to love in the same way, without any reservation.
Without saying too much, I will simply say that this book is not just a book. It is a story that has become a part of my life, and one that will inevitably become part of yours.
Live, learn, love, and love again.
On one hand, I really enjoyed the story as I read it... and related to it on a very personal level, having done something very similar to Cricket a year or two ago. On the other hand, there are aspects of this novel that are a bit blurry to me after having only read it a couple days ago.
While some aspects of the novel resonated deeply with me, I didn't feel a deep connection to any of the characters, including the main character, Cricket. This is a definite issue and I think it's why the details of the novel failed to stick. The overall story - Cricket's confusion regarding her relationships and her search for herself - was wonderfully done. I truly enjoyed the themes of the novel. The characters and setting, for whatever reason, didn't do it for me. There wasn't an actual event that caused a deeper connection to form between myself and the characters.
Caletti is a must-buy author for me, so I now own a copy of The Story of Us... and I don't regret buying it. The writing in this novel is fantastic and I don't feel like reading it was time well spent, but this book isn't one that I'll reread, like Caletti's Stay or The Secret Life of Prince Charming. If you're a Caletti fan or simply a fan of contemporary YA, give The Story of Us a chance, it's worth a read and you may end up loving it!