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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (154 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Audrey Couloumbis Narrator: Maxwell Glick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9780385361361
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It’s 1977.

Fifteen-year old Vinnie isn’t having a good year. He’s recovering from the worst case of galloping acne his dermatologist has ever seen. His girl moved to California without even saying good-bye. And the ink on his parents’ divorce papers is barely dry, when his mom announces that they’re moving from Queens to Long Island.

The silver lining in all this is that they move next door to Patsy—everyone’s dream girl. Not that she’d ever notice him. But when Vinnie calls Patsy one night, it leads to a chain of anonymous midnight conversations. Under the cover of darkness, Vinnie becomes Vincenzo, Patsy’s mystery caller, and the two share a side of themselves they would never reveal in daylight and develop a surprisingly real connection (despite the lies it’s built on). But as Vinnie gets to know Patsy in real life, it becomes clear both identifies can’t survive and he’ll have to find a way to hang up the phone and step into the daylight.

Fraught with complications and crackling with witty dialogue, and all the angst and electricity that comes with always being just a phone wire away from the one you want, acclaimed author Audrey Couloumbis’ YA debut tells a quirky, flirty, and smart story that will appeal to fans of Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower. It’s not exactly a love story … but it’s pretty close. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Compulsively readable.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A story with superb comedic repartees and a twisty-turvy plot.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Not exactly a perfect story. But it comes pretty close.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 pati | 2/19/2014

    " I almost didn't read this book because I have so many other things to read. I am so glad I made the time, great book - teen romance and angst from the boy's pov! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christiana | 2/5/2014

    " Super clean except for one f bomb. This is cute in kind of a "You've Got Mail" way. I loved reading it and there was enough different about this book that it didn't feel cliche. Very give out-able! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 2/4/2014

    " In a world before cell phones and caller ID, Vinnie moves to a new town and tries to ask out a girl by giving a call. Nervous, he ends up pranking her instead of asking her on a date. He keeps calling her to appologies and they become phone friends though she has no idea that it is the new kid Vinnie. Good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 2/4/2014

    " I liked the characters - even Vinnie, who is kind of a stalker. I picked up this book because I love the author's other books, and this one is set in the 1970's. However, it didn't really feel like the 70's, except for the lack of cell phones and caller ID. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhiannon | 1/26/2014

    " I'm not sure what quite happened in the end, but overall, it was a great story. A guy befriends a girl by calling her every night at midnight. They meet at the dance, but she still doesn't learn who he is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Magan (Rather Be Reading) | 1/22/2014

    " AHHH! So fun! And so refreshing to a) read from a male pov and b) read about intelligent, younger characters (15 year olds). Loved this book - especially the late night phone calls between Patsy and Vinnie. <3 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 1/21/2014

    " This is a quick read for teen readers. Vinnie did not win my heart in the beginning but then he grew on me. His first obscene/anonymous phone call to his neighbor, Patsy, was not one I would want my son to make or my daughter to receive. However, it made me feel better knowing that Vinnie wasn't proud of himself either. This story is about being a teen and fearing what others are going to think about you while trying to deal with family issues, divorce, moving, new school, etc. Vinnie's voice is clear and his struggles are familiar to many teens. I think high school readers are going to enjoy reading this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 1/19/2014

    " Loved it! Fun to read. Enjoyable. Written from the male point of view. It will be recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suey | 1/9/2014

    " I liked that it was set in the 70's. Fun to remember what teenage life was like then. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 1/8/2014

    " I smiled the entire time though this book. It was a fun, easy read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mindy | 1/4/2014

    " Cute romance from boy's POV set in 1977. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 12/21/2013

    " Ok, but Tales from the Madman Underground by Barnes much better book about the seventies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Poduska | 10/16/2013

    " What happens when a teenage boy finds himself in possession of the unlisted number of the beautiful girl next door? Of course he calls her, but the way he calls and the eventual results will have the reader waiting for the next development. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 7/25/2013

    " Quick, light, and funny. The perfect novel to read in between more serious fare (I read it after reading a book about Constantine the Emperor...just what I needed to loosen up.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Panella | 4/18/2013

    " I thought this was a very sweet, lighthearted take on a teen romance. The narrator made me chuckle a few times and he perfectly voiced an insecure 16-year-old boy just trying to find his way through some rough times and those horrible high school years! "

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About the Author

Audrey Couloumbis is the author of several highly acclaimed books for young readers, including the Newbery Honor winner, Getting Near to Baby. 

About the Narrator

Maxwell Glick is an actor based in Los Angeles. He has appeared on television in guest roles in numerous shows such as The Office and Castle. He also has voiced numerous commercials, audiobooks, and cartoons. Originally a regional theater actor, Glick has played Arpad in She Loves Me, Matt in The Fantasticks, and Eugene in Brighton Beach Memoirs. A New York native, he is a graduate of Boston College.