Two Across by Jeff Bartsch

4 young confused love stars!


I was  pleasantly surprised by this book. This book had such an emotional impact, yet I didn’t feel like anything was left unsaid.t.  Some points I loved in each character, and some points I wanted to smack out of each character. On a side note this cover is gorgeous!!!

Let’s start of with Stanley, he is such a strange young man.  He lives with his mother in a hotel.  The hotel let’s them live there because his father died in WWII and he used to work for the hotel.  His mother rarely leaves their hotel room she has agoraphobia.  Ever since his father has died his mother has been overprotective of him.  Stanley has been taught from encyclopedias and any other books he can get his hands on.  He seems to have an overactive brain, while he seems to be on a genius level his common sense seems a little lacking.  Even though he lacks in common sense he is a very likable character.  I love the dorky but kind of attractive guy 😉 He meets Vera at a spelling bee when they are teenagers, she is also a genius of sorts.  Add a couple awkward years and no other friends and Stanley makes up a plan to run away from college and spend his life making crossword puzzles. However he needs Vera to make his plan work, they must get married!  Except it will be a fake marriage.  After the fake marriage the lies just start spiraling out of control.  Every time he gets in a jam it seems that Vera pays the price. Just when he thinks he has figured out his feelings for Vera she may be gone forever.

Vera lives the gypsy life with her mom traveling from hotel to hotel so her mom can become number 1 sales person in her company.While on the road Vera’s mom is constantly testing her knowledge which leads her to the same spelling bee that Stanley is at. Vera is awkward and would just like a boyfriend.  However no one seems to live up to her friend Stanley.  She only gets to see him once a year but that is enough for now.  When he finally brings Vera in on his plan she agrees thinking he will eventually fall for her truly. After a while of not getting the emotional connection she needs from Stanley, Vera decides to move away from Stanley.  However she can’t stay away from him for long and is always leaving him clues to her whereabouts.

These characters are really complex, I feel like you would either connect with them or you won’t.  This isn’t your normal romance story, it is not all insta-love filled with happy moments and happily ever afters.  It’s about two young people being able to find themselves and each other.  Stanley’s inability to see beyond himself, and Vera’s constant running away is almost to much to handle sometimes. However when they some of their moments together are super adorable.  Plus I learned a ton of new words while reading this book!

Thank you Grand Central Publishing for the copy of this book for my review.

Goodreads link here.

book blurb..

Paperback, 304 pages
Expected publication: July 19th 2016 by Grand Central Publishing (first published June 9th 2015)
ISBN 1455554618 (ISBN13: 9781455554614)
Highly awkward teenager Stanley Owens meets his match in beautiful, brainy Vera Baxter when they tie for first place in the annual National Spelling Bee-and the two form a bond that will change both of their lives.
Though their mothers have big plans for them-Stanley will become a senator, Vera a mathematics professor-neither wants to follow these pre-determined paths. So Stanley hatches a scheme to marry Vera in a sham wedding for the cash gifts, hoping they will enable him to pursue his one true love: crossword puzzle construction. In enlisting Vera to marry him, though, he neglects one variable: she’s secretly in love with him, which makes their counterfeit ceremony an exercise in misery for her.
Realizing the truth only after she’s moved away and cut him out of her life, Stanley tries to atone for his mistakes and win her back. But he’s unable to find her, until one day he comes across a puzzle whose clues make him think it could only have been created by Vera. Intrigued, he plays along, communicating back to her via his own gridded clues. But will they connect again before it’s all too late?


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