John, untouchable since his parents' divorce six years ago, and Marisol, who's recently come out as a lesbian, meet through their interest in writing zines, personal homemade magazines into which they pour their life stories.
"The awkwardness of awakening sexuality, a growing preoccupation with identity and crossing the line from friendship to more are themes here with which teens will readily identify." --Publisher's Weekly
"Hard Love is a touching and real story of a group of outsiders trying to make the human connections they need to survive and thrive. It is a novel of discovery, and one of those discoveries is that love is unavoidable, even when you love the wrong person. And even when you love the wrong person, the knowledge that you can love anyone at all still makes you feel very much alive." --Author Nancy Matson
"Every so often you'll come across a YA novel that will make you glad you get to review this genre....HARD LOVE is that kind of book." --Jordan Baker, Teenreads.com
"Too much of the fiction aimed at teens is trite and unimaginative or melodramatic. Hard Love is none of these. Instead, Ellen Wittlinger treats us to a story of unrequited love in which the characters are three-dimensional." --SNN Student Magazine
This discussion guide was created by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer.
Just for Fun! A HARD LOVE tune
Did you know HARD LOVE was a song before it was a book title? It's true!
So check it out -- HARD LOVE lyrics -- when you have time. Many thanks to Bob Franke for providing such melodic inspiration.
Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon Book, 1999
Simon and Schuster, 1999
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