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Book Title: Accidental Love|
The author of the book: Gary Soto
Edition: Harcourt Brace and Company
Date of issue: January 1st 2008
ISBN 13: 9781299893535
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When Marisa beats up her girlfriend Alicia’s no good two-timing boyfriend, Roberto, she drops her cell phone - and so does the other guy Roberto is with. Marisa picks up the wrong phone and later gets a call from Rene, the owner, and they set up a time to exchange them. What happens next is a little hard to believe, but Marisa and Rene immediately hit it off. Rene’s not like any of the guys that Marisa knows – he’s a nerd, and he’s really smart, and for some reason she really likes him. She likes him so much that she transfers to his school (her aunt happens to live in the district), and she starts caring more about her education and less about being a tough girl. Rene seems to bring out her softer side, while she’s helping him be more of a man. They both become better people and want to be better people because of their relationship.
Eventually they have a fight, but Marisa realizes that she still likes Rene and wants to make up with him. Unfortunately, his mom has discovered that he’s dating her and she’s not happy. Things escalate and Rene’s mom tells the school principle that Marisa doesn’t really live in the district – just like that she’s transferred back to her old school. It’s incredibly depressing and Marisa’s afraid that all of the promises she’s made to herself about making something of her life are going to fall by the wayside. She decides that she’s not going to let it get her down, though. And then Rene surprises her – by transferring to her school. Things with his mom have really deteriorated and she’s hit him a few times, so he goes to live with his dad (who, coincidentally lives in Marisa’s school district).
This story relies on a lot of happy coincidences. Life is like that sometimes, but maybe not to this extent. Savvy kids might not be willing to suspend their disbelief.
Not sure how I feel about all of the gender role reinforcement. There’s a lot of playing with the idea that girls are one way and guys are another and jokes about how guys get to wear the pants, but girls get to tell them which pants. There’s some Spanish thrown in and some light discussion about the differences between the schools of people in different neighborhoods/economic brackets. That might be something to get kids talking about or interested in.
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Read information about the authorGary Soto, born April 12, 1952, was raised in Fresno, California. He is the author of eleven poetry collections for adults, most notably New and Selected Poems, a 1995 finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the National Book Award. His poems have appeared in many literary magazines, including Ploughshares, Michigan Quarterly, Poetry International, and Poetry, which
has honored him with the Bess Hokin Prize and the Levinson Award and by featuring him in the interview series Poets in Person. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. For ITVS, he produced the film “The Pool Party,” which received the 1993 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Film Excellence. In 1997, because of his advocacy for reading, he was featured as
NBC’s Person-of-the-Week. In 1999, he received the Literature Award from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, the Author-Illustrator Civil Rights Award from the National Education Association, and the PEN Center West Book Award for Petty Crimes.
Gary admires people who have done great service for others. High on his list are Jose Padilla of California Rural Legal Assistance, Arturo Rodriguez of the United Farm Workers, Dr. Marc Lasher of the Fresno Free Clinic, and Nancy Mellor of the Coalinga Huron Avenal House. As for his own service commitment, Gary has taught English to Spanish speakers as a volunteer. In his free time he likes to play tennis, tend his garden, attend musical concerts, and travel. Recently he has discovered that he enjoys baking cookies. He divides his time between Berkeley, California and his hometown of Fresno.
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