Not Exactly a Love Story
by Audrey Couloumbis
It’s 1977. Fifteen-year-old Vinnie is recovering from the worst case of acne his dermatologist’s ever seen. His girl moved to California without saying good-bye. And the ink on his parents’ divorce papers is barely dry when his mom announces they’re moving from Queens to Long Island. The silver lining? Moving next door to Patsy, everyone’s dream girl. Not that she’d ever notice him. But when Vinnie calls Patsy one night, it leads to a chain of anonymous midnight conversations, and the two develop a surprisingly strong connection despite the lies it’s built on. But as Vinnie gets to know Patsy in real life, it’s clear that both identities can’t survive. . . .
Late night anonymous phone calls, nerdy guy has a bad case of acne, girl next door rejects him, story set in late 1970s.. Sounds like a recipe for a good romantic read… But this is Not Exactly A Love Story and it’s really a great one.
Vinnie fell for her new neighbor, Patsy when he and his family moved, and she had always intrigued him ever since. When his parents divorced and his PE teacher became his mom’s new husband, Vinnie thought he would never regain his composure and would never gain friends, either. But when he set his eyes on Patsy, he knew he had to know everything about her and get close to her. Problem was, he was too self-conscious of his acne-infested face and cowardice. There’s only one way to get to know her, and that’s by pretending to be someone else. He finally got the guts to call her late at night when someone dropped her phone number. And soon, Vincenzo Gold materialized and conquered Patsy’s heart. But who would she chose in the end – her nerdy and shy classmate Vinnie, or super confident but obscene late night caller Vincenzo?
If you are a fan of Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park and John Green’s Abundance of Katherines, then this book might just be right up your alley. It’s such a pleasure reading this book, it brought back memories of my high school, when all I ever had to communicate was a rotary phone and a bunch of love letters written anonymously and signed, from your secret admirer. Gosh, this book reminded me what it was like to fall so hard at a young age, with all the warm fuzzy feelings fluttering in my belly.
Don’t be fooled by the title of this super cute coming of age story, because I am telling you, this got all the feels that only romantic novels could bring you. It is Almost a Love Story and I can’t wait for you all to read it.
A highly recommended read!