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Love is the Crooked Thing

Wersba, Barbara

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ISBN 10: 0440205425 / ISBN 13: 9780440205425
Published by Dell/Laurel-Leaf contemporary Fiction, New York, 1987
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Title: Love is the Crooked Thing

Publisher: Dell/Laurel-Leaf contemporary Fiction, New York

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: New

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: Paperback Reprint

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Seventeen-year-old Rita Formica overcomes formidable obstacles to be reunited with her own true love.

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Grade 10-12 A sequel to Wersba's Fat: a Love Story (Harper, 1986) , Love Is the Crooked Thing is 17-year-old Rita Formica's story of her search for Arnold Bromberg, age 33, who has gone off to Europe, sending her romantic postcard messages with no return address. Wersba provides plenty of background information so that readers who have not read the earlier novel can catch up. Determined, against her family's wishes, to find Arnold once again and bring him back home, Rita finds an original and humorous method of earning money for the tripby writing a pot-boiler romantic novel. But love and life are more complicated than Rita imagines, both in pot-boilers and in real-life. Written in the deadpan, staccato style of a stand-up comic, Rita's first-person delivery becomes monotonous at times. She is blunt and matter of fact about her weight problem and her sexual experiences with Arnold. Her parents, doctor, and fellow romance writers are caricatures. But Arnold, as Rita discovers, is more complexwith needs, drives, and interests unrelated to her romantic image of them as a couple. The events of the story are absurd, but with a kernel of truth about romantic ideals and expectations. Expect to hear more from Rita Formica. Deborah Locke, Westbrook Library, Me.
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