Author: Don Zolidis
Publisher: Disney – Hyperion
Release Date: October 2, 2018
“Are you Okay?” she asked
“You seem a little messed up.”
“I’m getting dumped! And I’m probably having an aneurysm or something.”
“I would appreciate in the future if you would stop breaking up with me.”
Janesville, Wisconsin (cold in the sense that there is no God)
The worst thing that’s ever happened to Craig is also the best: Amy. Amy and Craig never should’ve gotten together. Craig is an awkward, Dungeons & Dragons-playing geek, and Amy is the beautiful, fiercely intelligent student-body president of their high school.
Yet somehow they did. Until Amy dumped him. Then got back together with him. Then dumped him again. Then got back together with him again. Over and over and over.
Unfolding during their senior year, Amy and Craig’s exhilarating, tumultuous relationship is a kaleidoscope of joy, pain, and laughter as an uncertain future-and adult responsibility-loom on the horizon.
Craig fights for his dream of escaping Janesville and finding his place at a quirky college, while Amy’s quest to uncover her true self sometimes involves being Craig’s girlfriend?and sometimes doesn’t.
Seven heartbreaks. Seven joys.Told nonsequentially, acclaimed playwright Don Zolidis’s debut novel is a brutally funny, bittersweet taste of the utterly unique and utterly universal experience of first love.
I loved the writing style in the story. Everything was so realistic and clear. It honestly felt like a movie playing out in front of me. I didn’t want to put the book down. And Craig’s narration was so witty, humorous, and personal – we get so many of his random thoughts and clearly see him. It was just fantastic. Reading this story felt like connecting with a friend and just catching up. It was so good. I would have loved to get to know Amy a bit more, maybe even a POV chapter, and the other side characters were only in the story very briefly, but they did have great interactions with each other.
The Seven Torments of Amy and Craig is an unexpected love story about soulmates, friendships, romance, and everything in between. It’s about finding your happiness, while learning to be content in your everyday moments. It shows the messiness of life, and the joy and hope we seek in forming bonds with other people. We see that there are always new endings, and if we’re lucky there are new beginnings too.
I received a copy of the book from Disney-Hyperion in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
Originally from Wisconsin, Don Zolidis is a novelist and one of the most-produced playwrights in America.
His 102 published plays have received more than 12,000 productions and have appeared in every state and 64 countries.
His first novel, The Seven Torments of Amy and Craig, will be published by Disney-Hyperion in October 2018. He currently splits time between Texas and New York and aspires to owning a dog.
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