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Janesville, Wisconsin (cold in the sense that there is no God)1994

The best thing that’s ever happened to Craig is also the worst: Amy. Amy and Craig never should’ve gotten together. Craig is an awkward Dungeons & Dragons-playing geek, and Amy is the beautiful, fiercely intelligent student-body president of their high school.

Yet somehow they did until Amy dumped him. Then got back together with him. Then dumped him again. Then got back together with him again. Over and over and over.

Unfolding during their senior year, Amy and Craig’s exhilarating, tumultuous relationship is a kaleidoscope of joy, pain, and laughter as an uncertain future-and adult responsibility-loom on the horizon.

Craig fights for his dream of escaping Janesville and finding his place at a quirky college, while Amy’s quest to uncover her true self sometimes involves being Craig’s girlfriend and sometimes doesn’t.

Seven heartbreaks. Seven joys. Told nonsequentially, acclaimed playwright Don Zolidis’s debut novel is a brutally funny, bittersweet taste of the utterly unique and universal experience of first love.

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Reader Reviews

Praise

"A charming, funny love story."
Kirkus Reviews
"Appealingly realistic... Outrageously funny... Full of humor and heart, this refreshingly unromantic romance is highly recommended for most collections."
School Library Journal
"Craig's dryly witty narration adds humor... and the nonlinear narration keeps things interesting. A coming-of-age romance with bittersweet tones for fans of John Green-style jocularity."
Booklist
"Craig's wry, self-absorbed, and self-deprecating voice carries this slice-of-life love story to a higher plane. Readers, like Amy, will fall in love with him even as they want to shake him... Packed with fantastic dialogue and vivid staging... A thoroughly absorbing, authentic and entertaining read."
Shelf Awareness
"Funny, painful, and starry-eyed. A must-read book for anyone who has ever been in love."
Jenny Boylan, author of The Long Black Veil and She's Not There
"Paying light homage to John Hughes movies via a mid-'90s setting, Zolidis handles the on-and-off relationship with humor and heart while deftly weaving through the more difficult subject matter."
Publishers Weekly
Accolades
2018 Cybils Award, Young Adult Fiction Nominee
Bustle: 11 Upcoming Romantic YA Novels That Might Just Be Your New Favorite Rom-Com, selection (2018)
BookRiot: 125+ Upcoming YA Books You'll Want on Your October to December Radar, selection (2018)
BookRiot: Breaking Up is Hard to Do: 21 YA Books About Heartbreak and Breakups, selection (2019)
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