Reader Review: Not Exactly a Love Story

Book cover for Not Exactly a Love Story by Audrey CouloumbisEditor’s note: This review was submitted by a library patron during the 2013 Adult Summer Reading program. We will continue to periodically share the best of these reviews throughout the year. 

Out of curiosity as to what my daughter was reading, I decided to read “Not Exactly a Love Story” by Audrey Couloumbis. Though I am not necessarily drawn to teen novels, the author did such a good job with the characters that I read the entire book in two days.

This book is about being yourself and not letting other people or circumstances dictate your actions. I found this to be a clever teen novel about a 15-year-old boy who has fallen in love with a girl in his grade. The boy, Vinnie, is too shy to approach, thinking she’ll never reciprocate his feelings. So, he calls her one night at midnight without revealing his identity. This sets off a number of midnight anonymous calls from Vincenzio – Vinnie’s real name and the alter ego he assumes during these phone calls.

During these calls, Vinny (acting as Vincenzio) takes on the persona he wishes had in real life. It’s a very engaging story, and I found myself drawn to the book because the author does a great job with both character and plot development.

Does Vincenzio’s real identity get revealed? How does the girl respond to these phone calls, and why do they continue? How does the girl respond when she finds out the caller’s true identity? These are examples of the questions that kept me involved in the book.

Three words or phrases that describe this book: Engaging, well-written and fun.

You might want to pick this book up if: You like stories that do a great job in developing the main characters.  You might also enjoy this book if you enjoy teen novels.

- Dale

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