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Accidental Love by Gary Soto
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Accidental Love

by Gary Soto

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A simple, sweet story about a tough Latino girl whose first boyfriend is a nerd.

Marissa was a believable character, but her boyfriend Rene was not. He was painted with the broadest brush possible, including every imaginable "nerd" stereotype, so that he felt more like a Saturday Night Live character than a real person. Rene's domineering mother was key to the storyline in a few chapters, but totally ignored in others. The conclusion was too contrived, and not foreshadowed sufficiently. ( )
  fingerpost | Jun 5, 2018 |
What a sweet and innocent romance. Fun and beautiful. I feel like the main characters make wonderful role-models. Marisa is far from being a perfect person - she's angry, she's violent, she not the best student...but she's realistic and recognizes and seeks to change the flaws in herself. ( )
  benuathanasia | Feb 23, 2017 |
RGG: An Hispanic teenager makes changes in her life--more academic school, anger management, weight loss--while falling in love with a nerdy boy. Some Excel students may recognize themselves in the girl or the boy. The plot is a bit thin, and the story is not so well-written, but the two main characters are engaging. Reading Level: 11-14; FP W.
  rgruberexcel | Oct 26, 2012 |
After a fight with her best girlfriend's boyfriend, Marisa loses her cellphone which has been picked up by a "nerd". Rene and Marisa strike up a wonderful friendship, and together they work through trials and tribulations of their teenage lives. ( )
  AngieMargi | Mar 20, 2012 |
This book is about how a girl loved a guy but then she git in a car crash and when she did a picture fell out of her boyfriend with another girl. So then they break up and she cry's everyday. Then she touters a nerd and she thinks he's REALLY weird and then moves into his school. So then she starts feeling for him and doesn't want to but then she falls in love with him. Then they hangout every day and now they are a very good couple.
As in my review i love this book so much and i think its my favorite. I like how it shows that a girl doesn't care how he looks and likes him for who he is. So i think this is the greatest book ever and its really sad how she gets her heart broken and moves on to a geek. Overall i think its sad and inspiring. ( )
  Mrs.PilasClass | Jan 10, 2012 |
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At fourteen Marisa welcomed any excuse to miss school. But today she had a good reason for cutting class. Alicia, her best friend, lay in the hospital with a broken leg and a broken heart, all because her boyfriend had crashed his parents' car when a tire blew.
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It all starts when Marisa picks up the wrong cell phone. When she returns it to Rene, she feels curiously drawn to him. But Marisa and Rene aren't exactly a match made in heaven. For one thing, Marisa is a chola; she's a lot of girl, and she's not ashamed of it. Skinny Rene gangles like a sackful of elbows and wears a calculator on his belt. In other words, he's a geek. So why can't Marisa stay away from him?
     Includes a glossary of Spanish words and phrases.

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After unexpectedly falling in love with a "nerdy" boy, fourteen-year-old Marisa works to change her life by transferring to another school, altering some of her behavior, and losing weight.

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