I received this book at no cost from the publisherThe Seven Torments of Amy and Craig by Don Zolidis
Published by Disney-Hyperion on October 2, 2018
Genres: Emotions & Feelings, Love & Romance, Young Adult
THE SEVEN TORMENTS OF AMY & CRAIG
Janesville, Wisconsin (cold in the sense that there is no God)
The worst thing that’s ever happened to Craig is also the best: 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 utterly universal experience of first love.
Originally from Wisconsin, Don Zolidis is a novelist and one of the most-produced playwrights in America.
His 102 published plays have received more than 12,000 productions and have appeared in every state and 64 countries.
His first novel, The Seven Torments of Amy and Craig, will be published by Disney-Hyperion in October 2018.
He currently splits time between Texas and New York and aspires to owning a dog.
I wasn’t quite expecting a YA book that hits quite close to exactly how I remember those years. Of course, the story of Amy and Craig is a typical romance but the angst, anger, and attitude are what set it apart from a field of typical happily ever afters. How I remember this scene of breakups and reunions between several pairs in my group. While it is normally the girl who is the one who gets dumped, this one changes that with her dumping Craig, over and over again.
Craig tells the tale in a humorous fashion that really makes it personable. Growing up in California though, I had trouble relating to what exactly “deer widow” meant. You will learn about that term as well. There are probably a few teens that will look at this book as Historical Fiction. I had a few small issues with the pacing towards the end. Overall, this is a great read.
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