June and Wes do not “meet cute.” They do not fall in love at first sight. They do not swoon with scorching desire. They do not believe that they are instant soul mates destined to be together forever.
This is not that kind of love story.
Instead, they just hang around in each other’s orbits…until eventually they collide. And even after that happens, they’re still not sure where it will go. Especially when June starts to pity-date one of Wes’s friends, and Wes makes some choices that he immediately regrets.
Covers. I have been blessed with so many different beautiful covers recently, and although some say the cover of this book is misleading since it looks like a comic cover, I think Pete Hautman scored on this one.
As you may or may not know, I definitely was not a fan of Pete Hautman’s Blank Confession. I thought this was a pretty good book though. More than I liked the book cover itself, though I did like that, I was impressed with how the cover resonated with the story as it passed through the different seasons.
I didn’t love THE BIG CRUNCH so much more than BLANK CONFESSION. I mean–especially because BLANK CONFESSION really didn’t start out that bad. And this book started out really well. I was a little wary when I heard the synopsis say, “this is not ‘that’ type of love story’. I made sure not to get my hopes up, especially if this book did end up becoming one of ‘those’ love stories. Turns out that worry was for nothing. I really did like the beginning of THE BIG CRUNCH and the middle as well.
I liked how this book also really focused on the aspects of a relationship that aren’t so romantic. It was refreshing and brought a sort of Eleanor and Park feel to it. I appreciated the way that this relationship came slowly, the way that Izzy and Jerry tested Wes and June and helped them along. They made the story interesting, while sparing us a total love triangle.
One of the only other things I didn’t like about this book was not entirely surprising. This book is not the first or the last book to make this mistake… The thing was that the relationship between Wes and June was not mental at all, which abandons the ELEANOR AND PARK feeling. Wes likes June, but he never says why he likes her or what he likes about her. Same with June.
It was the ending, again. The ending just wasn’t satisfying enough for me. A good book, but I felt something was missing. I liked the characters, pacing was eh but it was good overall. 3.5 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 2883
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