Fifteen-year old Vinnie isnt having a good year. Hes recovering from the worst case of galloping acne his dermatologists ever seen. His girl moved to California without even saying good-bye. And the ink on his parents divorce papers is barely dry, when his mom announces that theyre moving from Queens to Long Island.
The silver lining in all this is that they move next door to Patsy --everyones dream girl. Not that shed ever notice him. But when Vinnie calls Patsy one night, it leads to a chain of anonymous midnight conversations. Under the cover of darkness, Vinnie becomes Vincenzo, Patsys mystery caller, and the two share a side of themselves they would never reveal in daylight and develop a surprisingly real connection (despite the lies its built on). As Vinnie gets to know Patsy in real life though, it becomes clear both identifies cant survive and hell have to find a way to hangup the phone and step into the daylight. Fraught with complications and crackling with witty dialogue, and all the angst and electricity that comes with always being just a phone wire away from the one you want, acclaimed author Audrey Couloumbiss YA debut is a smooth-talking Cyrano meets Saturday Night Fever and tells a quirky, flirty, and smart story that will appeal to fans of Stephen Chboskys The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Frank Portmans King Dork, Natalie Standifords How to Say Goodbye in Robot, and John Greens An Abundance of Katherines."
Fifteen-year-old Vinnie is not excited to move from Queens to Long Island with his newly remarried mother, but his attitude softens a bit after he glimpses the beautiful girl next door from his bedroom window. Unfortunately, when he calls Patsy, he loses his nerve and his voice, and Patsy pegs him as a "breather." Rather than explain himself, Vinnie impulsively plays the role of a mystery man/obscene caller, piquing Patsy's interest during the series of calls that follow. Soon, midnight phone conversations with Patsy are part of Vinnie's regular routine; the two establish an intimate relationship of sorts, speaking openly about matters they'd never discuss in public. When Patsy expresses her desire to meet in person, Vinnie, fearing rejection, is at a loss. Set in the 1970s, this offbeat love story humorously portrays the moments of vulnerability and bravado that change the course of these two teenagers' fates. Couloumbis (Lexie) steadily builds tension (the romance between Patsy and Vinnie never feels like a foregone conclusion) in a story with superb comedic repartees and a twisty-turvy plot. Ages 12-up. Agent: Jill Grinberg, Grinberg Literary Management. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Random House Books for Young Readers
December 11, 2012
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