Forget actual chemistry, or the fact that she cherishes his mother more than her own; centuries of tradition say that Hassan will grow up, marry the girl his parents pick, and forget his best friend: the dancer with the bursting smile. Except he can't. In a world erupting with possibilities for the boy with a body of steel and dreams of the NFL, everything seems promised while nothing at all is; when he's denied the girl he wants most.
Two hearts. Two families devoted through generations of friendship. Could Edy and Hassan really risk all that? And yet... how could they not?
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By Sharon4 on 18-05-15
Definitely for the younger reader/listener
As a story, Love Edy was decent enough fare, but compared with the YA field as a whole, it didn't really grab me. It's standard teenage school romance stuff and while it's pleasingly angsty in places, it's not on a par with, say, Malorie Blackman's Noughts and Crosses series, or Patrick Ness's Chaos Walking. Those who are looking for something different won't find it here. It's much more for those who love Romeo and Juliet and want more of the same, especially if they are in Shewanda Pugh's target demographic. I don't think it's patronizing her, them, or my much younger self to say that I haven't been a member of that cohort for a very long time.
That said, Natalie Neckyfarow's narration gives gives Love Edy a definite lift. For one thing, she absolutely nails the atmosphere of high school - gossipy, cliquey and viciously catty. As she narrated, I could see not just the girls, but the boys as well, reminding the older listener how insecure, funny and throughly horrible teenagers can be. Speaking of which it's hardly surprising that Edy prefers Rani (Hassan's mother) to her own. . On the page, Rebecca Phelps is frightening enough, but when she's voiced, she's a monster of clever manipulation and downright nastiness. She's also a gifted, brilliant, beautiful trailblazer for African-American women everywhere - how can a teenage girl face down someone like that? The audio format allows her to be all those things and quite funny as well; a houseful of teenage boys in the middle of the night does nothing to faze her.
Shewanda Pugh provides enough of a cliff-hanger at the end to make me want to find out what happens next, so I might download the second in the series onto my Kindle. And although it's not really my cup of tea, I'll bear Love Edy in mind for the next Romeo and Juliet fan I come across.
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By Gayle on 06-05-15
Teenage Love~True Love
Great characters~especially Edy and Hassan (Wyatt not so much). Culture clash, teenage angst, and a good story. What an ending! Looking forward to Book 2...HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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By Nina on 29-02-16
This book was really boring. The narrator was very well spoken, but had no animation, made me tired. The book itself was just a snore.
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