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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carrie Arcos Narrator: Michael Crouch Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2017 ISBN: 9781524749774
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A fresh take on happily ever after and friendship that is anything but a love story.

When your namesake is Pablo Neruda—the greatest love poet of all time—finding “the one” should be easy. After all, sixteen-year-old aspiring artist Neruda Diaz has been in love many times before. So it’s only a matter of time before someone loves him back.

Callie could be that someone. She’s creative and edgy and nothing like the girls Neruda typically falls for. So when a school assignment brings them together, he is pleasantly surprised to learn they have a lot in common. With his true love in reach and his artistic ambitions on track, everything is finally coming together.

But as Neruda begins to fall faster and harder than ever before, he is blindsided by the complicated nature of love—and art—in more ways than one. And when the relationships he has looked to for guidance threaten to implode, Neruda must confront the reality that love is crazier, messier, and more beautiful than he ever realized—and riskier, too, than simply saying the words.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator Michael Crouch portrays Neruda Diaz’s quest for romance as the sixteen-year-old imagines a love life like that of the Chilean poet for whom he was named, Pablo Neruda…Crouch expresses both Neruda’s innocence and his horror when his reality is shattered… rouch’s dramatizations of minor characters add dimension to the story. In particular, his depiction of Callie makes her passionate nature vivid and Neruda’s attraction understandable.”


  • “Arcos capably probes the mysterious without attempting to solve it as Neruda discovers the difference between crushing on someone he doesn’t know and loving someone he does, learning that friendship, too, is a kind of love.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Neruda is a great example of the sort of thoughtful and artistic male protagonist teen literature really needs. This satisfying and unconventional love story explores the various meanings of the word.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “The narrative is believably told from the point of view of a relatable teen who is really connected to himself and his family. It is refreshing to read about a boy whose quest for love is mature and poetic. Arcos serves up a captivating work that is recommend for anyone who enjoys a fresh take on love.”

    School Library Journal

  • “A classic story of a budding artist finding out the reality behind the artifice and does so while keeping a wonderful sense of humor.”


  • “With readily relatable characters who, nonetheless, surprise readers as they tackle life’s many challenges and gifts, Crazy Messy Beautiful is much more than a love story. It explores the complexities of human emotions, aspirations, creativity, and relationships.”


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About the Author

Carrie Arcos earned an MA in creative writing and English literature and writes young-adult fiction. She has taught high school and college English. Her Out of Reach was a finalist for the National Book Award.

About the Narrator

Michael Crouch is an Audie Award–winning actor based in New York City. His audiobook narration has also earned numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine and Best of the Year accolades from Booklist, School Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly. He can also be heard on national commercials, cartoons, video games, and the animé series Pokémon XY and Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V.