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The Vast Fields of Ordinary
by Nick Burd


Overview - It's Dade's last summer at home. He has a crappy job at Food World, a ?boyfriend? who won't publicly acknowledge his existence (maybe because Pablo also has a girlfriend), and parents on the verge of a divorce. College is Dade's shining beacon of possibility, a horizon to keep him from floating away.  Read more...

 
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Overview
It's Dade's last summer at home. He has a crappy job at Food World, a ?boyfriend? who won't publicly acknowledge his existence (maybe because Pablo also has a girlfriend), and parents on the verge of a divorce. College is Dade's shining beacon of possibility, a horizon to keep him from floating away.

Then he meets the mysterious Alex Kincaid. Falling in real love finally lets Dade come out of the closet?and, ironically, ignites a ruthless passion in Pablo. But just when true happiness has set in, tragedy shatters the dreamy curtain of summer, and Dade will use every ounce of strength he's gained to break from his past and start fresh with the future.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780803733404
  • ISBN-10: 0803733402
  • Publisher: Dial Books
  • Publish Date: May 2009
  • Page Count: 309
  • Reading Level: Ages 14-UP
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 53.
  • Review Date: 2009-05-11
  • Reviewer: Staff

This debut novel is deceptively quiet—the story of a recent high school graduate, Dade, struggling to come out and yearning to get to college and away from his parents' marital troubles and stifling suburban peers. Yet in the same way that Sarah Dessen allows readers to lose themselves in the ordinary, Burd takes a familiar plot—boy struggles with his sexuality, then meets a love interest who changes everything—and makes it fresh. Dade's inner monologues and interactions with others feel real, and bear a poignant honesty (after shopping for college: “It occurred to me that these things made of plastic, glass, and metal would become the foundation for my new life”). With the arrival of Alex, Dade's first real boyfriend and one catalyst behind Dade's coming out, the story moves into sweet, romantic territory, which balances some of the deeper, more painful issues brewing in Dade's life (including his father's affair and his friend/ex-hookup Pablo's inner turmoil). The novel's one flaw is its unsatisfying ending, which feels both melodramatic and abrupt. Aside from this, Burd is an author to watch. Ages 14–up. (May)

 
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