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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:
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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

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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