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No More Us for You

4.7 10
by David Hernandez
 

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For a life to come together, sometimes it first has to fall completely apart.

Isabel is a regular seventeen-year-old girl, still reeling from the pain of her boyfriend's tragic death exactly one year ago.

Carlos is a regular seventeen-year-old guy, loves red licorice and his friends, and works at a fancy art museum for some extra cash.

The two have no

Overview

For a life to come together, sometimes it first has to fall completely apart.

Isabel is a regular seventeen-year-old girl, still reeling from the pain of her boyfriend's tragic death exactly one year ago.

Carlos is a regular seventeen-year-old guy, loves red licorice and his friends, and works at a fancy art museum for some extra cash.

The two have no connection until they both meet Vanessa, an intriguing new transfer student with a mysterious past. While Vanessa is the link that brings these two very different lives together, will she be the one that can also tear them apart?

In his stunningly beautiful second novel, David Hernandez gives his readers a poetic and profound story that tells of two completely different teenagers and how through everyday life and monumental tragedy lies endless possibility.

Editorial Reviews

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Hernandez’s easygoing, unobtrusively skillful prose serves his narrators well, gently transforming them as they make the descision to move from inaction to action, to seize life’s opportunities and each other.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Hernandez’s easygoing, unobtrusively skillful prose serves his narrators well, gently transforming them as they make the descision to move from inaction to action, to seize life’s opportunities and each other."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“A beautiful, moving novel of tragedy and hope.”
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
“Hernandez’s easygoing, unobtrusively skillful prose serves his narrators well, gently transforming them as they make the descision to move from inaction to action, to seize life’s opportunities and each other.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Hernandez’s easygoing, unobtrusively skillful prose serves his narrators well, gently transforming them as they make the descision to move from inaction to action, to seize life’s opportunities and each other.”
VOYA - Matthew Weaver
Red licorice intertwines with romance and tragedy in this amiable second novel from the author of Suckerpunch (HarperTeen, 2008/VOYA April 2008). Isabel cannot get over the car accident that killed the love of her life, Gabriel. Carlos works as security guard at an art museum and discovers his girlfriend, Mira, is cheating on him. The story bounces back and forth between the two as they slowly come into each other's universe, thanks to Carlos's co-worker Vanessa, who recently transferred to their high school. Isabel must work past the residual survivor guilt and her obsession with death, while Carlos has to cope with creepy vandals who urinate in the lobby - tough call as to who has the worse lot in life. Hernandez builds Isabel and Carlos into characters that readers come to root for and love. It is a testament to his talent as an author that when he elects to put several characters into a car accident, the reader's response is a fine blend of grief and anger. But the event is a challenge these heroes overcome with style and aplomb, and the message is ultimately uplifting. This novel is very much like the red licorice Carlos always has on hand and which Isabel craves. It is a tasty snack that is quite enjoyable, but you might still be hungry afterward. Reviewer: Matthew Weaver
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up–Carlos has a new job at the Long Beach Contemporary, a local art museum. His accounts of hanging with his friends Snake and Will at the bleachers, seeing a bizarre guy who pees on the floor at the museum, his girl tossing him aside for another guy she slept with, and meeting his coworker Vanessa are interspersed with Isabel’s, a girl he doesn’t know, though she goes to his high school. Her chapters begin as she is preoccupied with her boyfriend’s death nearly a year earlier; later, they focus on her friendship with Vanessa, who pulls the two narrators into the same sphere. Aside from having loving parents, Isabel and Carlos seem to have more than their share of disappointment and tragedy when their first date at a Valentine dance ends with friends wrenched from their lives in a dreadful car accident. This slice-of-high-school-life captures reality, though Isabel’s voice doesn’t read quite as true as Carlos’s. Readers will need to stick with the first half to get to a far more rewarding second half. Those who do may be touched by the hope the teens must garner to risk caring for one another in the wake of loss, a hope that Hernandez nicely embodies through skillful narrative structure and evocative language.–Suzanne Gordon, Peachtree Ridge High School, Suwanee, GA
Kirkus Reviews
Carlos is obsessed with red licorice candy; Isabel is haunted by the anniversary of her boyfriend's death. One afternoon the two meet in an art gallery-introduced by Vanessa, a spunky, straight-talking mutual friend-where Carlos works as a security guard. Sparks don't exactly fly, but there's enough curiosity to promise the possibility of romance. The pair's first double date with Vanessa and Carlos's friend Snake, however, ends in tragedy. At its heart, Hernandez's second novel is a peculiar one: It's not exactly a page-turner, but it has enough simple appeal to thrill a broad readership. A complex patchwork of imagery, voices and allusions comes together easily, nearly mirroring one of the collages in the gallery where Carlos works. Death and the fear of it pervade the novel; both Isabel and her parents harbor a near-innate paranoia about their mortality. Meanwhile, hot brushfires scorch the California coast and the novel's backdrop like a smoky, sunny afternoon in Hell. The smart, sophisticated, yet remarkably accessible writing melds everything together with slow-burn effects, and the characters are dead-on (so to speak). A smoldering read. (Fiction. YA)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061173332
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/27/2009
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,338,907
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

Meet the Author

David Hernandez is a web designer and a poet whose collections include Always Danger, winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry, and A House Waiting for Music. He also wrote the novel Suckerpunch. He lives in Long Beach, California, with his wife, the writer Lisa Glatt. No More Us for You is his second novel.

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No More Us for You 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read it in a couple of hours and it had me from the start! This book is so good and cute and will keep you reading until the end! I totally reccomend it someone looking for a good romance book.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
On his first day at his new job working as a security guard at the Long Beach Contemporary Museum, 17-year-old Carlos finds himself cleaning up a pool of urine left by some random guy that just walks in and goes on the floor. Surrounded by some of the strangest "art" he's ever seen, Carlos is sure that this will be a much easier gig than bagging groceries, and will be a great way to buy some nice things for his girlfriend, Mira. During the urine incident, he meets Vanessa, a relatively new classmate at his school who works as the museum's receptionist. Another classmate, Isabel, also meets Vanessa for the first time shortly afterward. The one-year anniversary of the car accident that took Isabel's boyfriend's life is approaching, and Isabel can't keep her mind from wandering off from time to time, where it ends up exploring ideas of death and fate. When she and her best friend, Heidi, befriend Vanessa, Isabel ends up in the middle of a friendship triangle while she tries to sort out her own mind and come to terms with Gabriel's death. Vanessa can tell that Isabel needs some distraction, and she tells Isabel that a guy at her job, Carlos, would be perfect for her. Carlos, on the other hand, is still reeling from a friend's difficult situation, and the hard blow that Mira has just dealt him. On the fateful night of the Valentine's dance, Isabel and Vanessa meet up with Carlos and his best friend, Snake. Both Isabel and Carlos look forward to this opportunity to get to know one another and forget their troubles, but then tragedy strikes, throwing everyone's lives into turmoil. Is this relationship over before it has the opportunity to start? I was surprised at the heavy amount of adult content in this story. The very title is taken from a display at the art museum that reads "No More C***us for You," and rough language is tossed around easily and almost without purpose. This book also focuses on some mature themes, such as drugs, gangs, drunk driving, and teen pregnancy. This is definitely a book for the more mature teen.
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1996JN More than 1 year ago
Wow, i loved this book. Possibly one of the best i've read. Once you start reading it, you can't stop. Some parts were funny, others just really sad, and others just kept you wanting more. Highly recommended (:
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