The Big Crunch

The Big Crunch

by Pete Hautman

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Overview

A funny, clear-eyed view of the realities of teenage love from National Book Award winner Pete Hautman. Jen and Wes do not "meet cute." They do not fall in love at first sight. They do not swoon with scorching desire. They do not believe that they are instant soul mates destined to be together forever. This is not that kind of love story. Instead, they just hang around in each other's orbits...until eventually they collide. And even after that happens, they're still not sure where it will go. Especially when Jen starts to pity-date one of Wes's friends, and Wes makes some choices that he immediately regrets. From National Book Award winner Pete Hautman, this is a love story for people not particularly biased toward romance. But it is romantic, in the same way that truth can be romantic and uncertainty can be the biggest certainty of all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545332583
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2011
Sold by: Scholastic, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author


Pete Hautman won the National Book Award for his novel Godless. He is also the author of the acclaimed novels The Big Crunch, How to Steal a Car, Rash, Invisible, Sweetblood, Hole in the Sky, No Limit, and Mr. Was. His home in the world is Minnesota, and his home on the web is www.petehautman.com.

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The Big Crunch 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
MundyChl More than 1 year ago
The Big Crunch is about a girl named June who move's to Wes's school. June moves around a lot, so she is use to it. June meets people and makes new friends. June meets Jerry and goes on a date with him and ends up going out with him. One day going to the mall June and Wes see each other at the mall, and end up bumping heads giving June a black eye. From then on June and Wes really liking each other. June and Wes start going out when June breaks up with Jerry and June has to move. While June moves to Omaha, June and Wes stay together. I really like this book because it was really easy to read and I could never put it down. I like how June as Wes stayed together even though they were miles apart. I didn't like how, June had to move right after June and Wes had a perfect night during New Years. I would recommend this book to people who like romance and drama. If you like action it wouldn't be the best thing to read.
fromthecomfychair on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow--Wes and June have an honest, humorous, and realistic teenage romance. Pete Hautman writes such believable dialogue! I especially liked the parts where they talked about how having sex would change their relationship--I wonder how many teens stop to talk about this.
theepicrat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
How to describe The Big Crunch? Well, I'd liken it to a rather nice stroll through the park - nothing extraordinary or supernatural, but sometimes normal and sweet is a welcome change from all the vampires and zombies and smoldering eyes. The pacing seemed a little slow, especially at first when Wes and June go about their separate lives in the same high school bubble. They'd brush against each other every so often, but drift apart again without more than a backwards glance. When they finally "crunched" so to speak, it wasn't the usual fare of crazy-in-love-and-now-we-must-breathe-together. It was, yet it wasn't. There wasn't enough time to "crunch" before June had to leave Wes and distance became an obstacle in their newfound relationship.Not a whole lot of action in The Big Crunch except for one minor car-stealing incident. Even then, it was a big misunderstanding. No, The Big Crunch is a pretty low-key read if you are looking for a book on a normal high school romance between two normal, down-to-earth teens who weren't really searching for each other, but found each other anyway.What I particularly enjoyed was the personalities of Wes and June, but I think The Big Crunch showed most of Wes's story. Neither of them saw each other, but didn't really think the other was mind-boggling hot. Wes described June as a "sea creature pretending to be a human" in the opening paragraph - if that doesn't scream LOVE, I don't know what does :P
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
June's father gets a new job and moves their family every few months, so she is used to starting new schools. She tries to avoid making close friends because she knows she'll just have to leave them again. Then she meets Wes.Tender and charming.
dymondco on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wasn't a fan of this book, i felt that there really wasn't a plot to it. The whole book just went on and on about there realtionship but nothing else. personally I didn't care if they went to hang out after work or that they thought about eachother 24/7. If you someone who likes thoughs kinds of books, then have at it. but other wise this was a thumbs down for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read the book and have meet the autor . Both are funny and keep you guess what going happen next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!! READ IT.
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I loved this book so much!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh, i love this book! I read this book in three days. I got it on Christmas and finished it December 27! I LOVE IT. I want more of Pete Hautman's books to read!!!!! * w *
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Gold Star Award Winner! The first time Wes saw June, fireworks definitely did not go off. He thought her greenish-blue eyes were set too far apart, and her hair looked as though she had stepped right out of the shower. June resembled a sea-creature, and not in a mermaid-like way. He started calling her Aqua Girl, and eventually all Wes wanted was for June to be his. Their affair is tumultuous, just like most teenagers in the throes of first love. Wes soon discovers that his relationship with June is exhausting, especially when it becomes long-distance. Is their Big Crunch a one-shot deal, or will it last? Hautman uses the changing seasons to mark the progression of Wes and June's relationship. As the seasons change, their intensity and passion changes, as well. They learn about themselves through one another. They discover that there are limits to what they can do, both physically and emotionally. I loved this book because the story was simple yet poignant. It wasn't flashy or filled with romantic dialogue; it was real. A boy and girl meet, fall in love, and try to make it work. Sometimes it lasts and sometimes it doesn't. Honestly, that really doesn't matter - it's about the story, and that's what makes this novel so wonderful.
epicrat More than 1 year ago
How to describe The Big Crunch? Well, I'd liken it to a rather nice stroll through the park - nothing extraordinary or supernatural, but sometimes normal and sweet is a welcome change from all the vampires and zombies and smoldering eyes. The pacing seemed a little slow, especially at first when Wes and June go about their separate lives in the same high school bubble. They'd brush against each other every so often, but drift apart again without more than a backwards glance. When they finally "crunched" so to speak, it wasn't the usual fare of crazy-in-love-and-now-we-must-breathe-together. It was, yet it wasn't. There wasn't enough time to "crunch" before June had to leave Wes and distance became an obstacle in their newfound relationship. Not a whole lot of action in The Big Crunch except for one minor car-stealing incident. Even then, it was a big misunderstanding. No, The Big Crunch is a pretty low-key read if you are looking for a book on a normal high school romance between two normal, down-to-earth teens who weren't really searching for each other, but found each other anyway. What I particularly enjoyed was the personalities of Wes and June, but I think The Big Crunch showed most of Wes's story. Neither of them saw each other, but didn't really think the other was mind-boggling hot. Wes described June as a "sea creature pretending to be a human" in the opening paragraph - if that doesn't scream LOVE, I don't know what does :P
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ChelseaW More than 1 year ago
The first time Wes meets June, he thinks her mouth is too wide and her eyes are too far apart. June, in return, thinks his hair is shaggy. It would seem these two were not meant to be together right from the start. And yet, against all odds, their paths continue to cross. Thus begins a romance where nothing is easy to explain or simple to figure out. Navigating through friends, family, and their own heads, Wes and June fumble towards a unique happy ending. Wow, this book was incredible. It's funny, sad, tender, and exciting. The only other book by Pete Hautman I have read was Sweetblood, which I also enjoyed very much. Still, this one was above and beyond good. The characters, the emotions, the situations were all so raw and realistic. It showed the honest side of love - that it always isn't the clean-cut, love-at-first-sight other books make it out to be. On the contrary, Hautman creates a rather messy situation for these poor characters. I found it difficult to sympathize with June sometimes, as she wasn't very nice a lot of the time. But Hautman gives her a viable back story to explain her reserve. Readers won't be able to help but root for Wes, especially the males out there. Which brings me to one last comment: this book is equally great for girls and boys. Each will have someone to identify with, and the scenarios are common enough to speak to just about anyone. Hautman writes all of his secondary characters excellent too, with Wes' friends supporting him and June's acquaintances having their own agendas. I'll say it one last time - this book was amazing. A short read that's highly recommended!