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Accidental love, Gary Soto

Label
Accidental love
Title
Accidental love
Statement of responsibility
Gary Soto
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
After unexpectedly falling in love with a "nerdy" boy, fourteen-year-old Marisa works to change her life by transferring to another school, altering some of her behavior, and losing weight
Storyline
Award
YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2012
Review
  • Gr. 7-10. After a scuffle with the «sorry rat» who broke her best friend's heart, 14-year-old Marisa grabs the wrong cell phone. It belongs to Rene, a «muy wimpy» chess player who attends a magnet school across town. As they exchange phones, Marisa finds herself curiously drawn to Rene, a skinny, «genuine nerd,» very different from the homeboys at her rough school. Inspired to make a change, and get closer to Rene, Marisa transfers to his school and is surprised to find herself transformed from «a moody shadow» in class to someone who «could bare her soul.» As she and Rene progress to handholding and kisses, secrets emerge that threaten their academic possibilities and their affection. Soto deepens this gentle romance between opposites with subtle, authentic glimpses of an uncertain world, where adults don't always provide protection and nurturing. With humor and insight, he creates memorable, likable characters in Marisa and Rene, who find support and love by valuing authenticity and sweetness over cool. A glossary of the text's occasional Spanish words and phrases is appended. -- Gillian Engberg (Reviewed 01-01-2006) (Booklist, vol 102, number 9, p86)
  • Gr 6-10 –A cell-phone mix-up leads to first love in this warmhearted, humorous novel. Marisa Rodriguez, 14, is an indifferent student at her run-down school, chubby from an excess of junk food, and too quick to express her anger with her fists. Still, she dreams of a better life. When she meets geeky Rene, love blossoms despite his highwater pants, white socks, and honking laugh. She is inspired to switch to a better high school, where she improves her grades, loses weight, and even gets a part in the school play. Obstacles present themselves, of course; Marisa's former classmates are threatened by her attempts to better herself, and Rene's domineering mother opposes their relationship. Soto's portrayal of Marisa's family, friends, and neighborhood–in a novel peppered with Spanish words and teen slang–is set in a world where poverty, drugs, and early pregnancy are acknowledged but don't dominate the story. Marisa is the most sympathetic character, while others are less fully developed. Occasionally stilted dialogue and clunky writing (“She breathed in and out like a prizefighter”) will distract some readers. However, it's hard not to like spunky Marisa and appreciate the fresh point of view she brings to what otherwise might be a typical teen romance.–Miranda Doyle, San Francisco Public Library --Miranda Doyle (Reviewed January 1, 2006) (School Library Journal, vol 52, issue 1, p143)
  • When tough talking 14-year-old Marissa least expects it, she feels an attraction to the most unlikely of boys. An unplanned meeting between Marissa and Rene, a player whose only game is chess, causes sparks to fly. Marissa may start out believing that "Dang, the boy's a nerd," but she finds herself attracted to his manners and to this boy "whose bicycle was too big for him and whose eyeglasses were crooked on his cute small face." In somewhat of an abrupt move, she transfers to a magnet school to be closer to him ("far up north where the Sierras peeked through the valley smog"). Marissa and her "muy wimpy" novio learn a thing or two about each other and themselves when he coaxes her to audition with him for a part in Romeo and Juliet . Their relationship develops slowly and credibly, and Marissa, in the novel's refreshing approach, soon realizes that she'd rather have nerdy Rene for a boyfriend than many of the macho guys she has come across. Soto accurately depicts popularity and stereotypes in high school, while conveying a melting pot of cultures. The teens' struggles shine through with simplicity and authenticity. Soto fluidly incorporates Spanish words into the dialogue (and ends with a glossary). He successfully bridges gender and cultural issues that affect teens, while pinpointing details that portray life in California's Central Valley. Ages 12-up. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed January 23, 2006) (Publishers Weekly, vol 253, issue 4, p209)
  • Marisa is in her first year of high school, a little overweight and always ready to pick a fight. After punching her best friend's cheating boyfriend in an elevator, she gets home to find she has someone else's cell phone—and realizes she must have switched phones with the nerdy kid who was in the elevator with them. When she meets Rene, she immediately notices his white socks and flood pants, and yet, she can't help wanting to hang around him. It's a first romance for both, and their efforts to change themselves and each other are touching and funny. There's a sweet and light touch to this love story—a lot of cuddly kissing, no heavy petting—keeping this squarely on the younger end of pre-teen (despite the older-looking cover). Set at two urban schools—one tougher, one suburban—and with Latino families (a glossary in the back will help those unfamiliar with Spanish words), this story offers readers much to identify with. Nothing terribly deep here, but it fills a gap in middle-school–age collections with something fresh and fun. (Fiction. 11-14) (Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2005)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
149497
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Soto, Gary
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
780L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG+
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 6
  • 10
Reading level
4.8
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Schools
  • Overweight persons
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Love
  • Schools
  • Overweight persons
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Romance fiction
  • Overweight persons
  • Schools
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Accidental love, Gary Soto
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
584105
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
179 pages
Isbn
9780152054977
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2004029900
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780152054977
  • (OCoLC)62804544
Label
Accidental love, Gary Soto
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
584105
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
179 pages
Isbn
9780152054977
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2004029900
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780152054977
  • (OCoLC)62804544

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