Jeff Bartsch Read Two Across

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Ain focus is how both main characters with complex characteristics going through some ups and downs in their life together where they learn and discover their true self in the process that at some point changes their perspectives and gives way to a self introspection in the end Also how this book is written is unlike most NA books To put this book under NA category I think might give away slightly different depiction of the book to the readers Two Across is a fiction set in 1960 This is something that the blurb fails to mention about this book I expected this book would be a contemporary read what with being shelved as NA so I was surprised to find out it wasn t But I like it As a historical fiction enjoyer I found this time set intriguing and suits the whole plotVera Baxter s first encounter with Stanley Owens was during National Spelling Bee in NYC on 1960 The two of them competed one on one and ended up winning together in tie It s kind of comical how it went on between them Stanley who at first did not really up to win the competition felt challenged when he saw the last competitor was the anxious et eager girl with calm fa ade he wanted to win As words spelled by Vera began to grow evil mind for the handsome boy who seemed never to fail to spell the given words Oh boy it cracked me up when Vera did imagine a car with Stanley on it sailing through a guardrail That s when I decided that I like her character What an interesting minded girlThe opening scene of spelling contest is one great way to pull the readers in The tension and childish mind battle between two characters make the readers sure that this book would be a one sitting material alright I think so too and I finished this book in less than a day which for slow reader like me is actually a big deal From there Vera and Stanley began to meet annually as visiting alumni They went for a DC trip once and both of them built a good though long distance friendship as Vera s always on the road following her mom while Stanley s always in the Hawthorne hotel where his mom seemed permanently fixed there Until a Adios To My Old Life year after their city trip as the day they would meet again for the third time since the spelling competition Vera realized that she might develop some special feeling for Stanley Then the day came and Stanley welcomed her with his usual smile Unless this time their annual visit finally became a turning point of their simple relationship into the most complicated relationship ever existedFor some story it might always start and end with love But Vera and Stanley s story starts and ends with crossword puzzle Crossword puzzle is the reason Stanley comes up with big reckless idea of fake a marriage with Vera which Vera agrees to come along and ends up hurting at over and over But crossword puzzle is also the reason they reunite and reconnect the missing pieces together after such long longears of hide and seek I love this part a lot It s really uniue it s touching eerily beautiful and poignant to have such random thing to connect with someone with whom our hearts tied to Vera and Stanley ARE BOTH SMART PEOPLE GENIUS EVEN YET THEIR LIVES both smart people genius "Even Yet Their Lives T " yet their lives t easy as most people would think of them This book shows that even smart people struggle in life Unlike not smart people who know better that not much people want to accept them in a job or a Community But Smart People Sometimes Even Have A Trouble To but smart people sometimes even have a trouble to their self before stepping out to the outside world Stanley s having a hard time to accept the fact that he s academically gifted and might build a really bright career by going through an excellent education system He wanted something else something much simpler like being a crossword puzzle creator though in his case he would definitely be a master of it with ease I feel so much feeling for both characters I root for Vera in everything she did to save herself from falling harder I also sympathize with Stanley for everything he did to save himself from being trapped forever What Stanley did is obviously bad worst even but at some parts I guess I could understand his reason It s just that his oblivious about Vera s feeling is damn frustrating Even after he realized his true feeling he chose to hold back from saying the truth But I guess I understand why he chose to do so as well As for Vera I never even dislike her for a bit She might be the one who s always leaving but she s also trying to be the one who want to reconnect the old pieces I guess that s what love do to Alfredos Journey you not to makeou a fool but to make ou a good forgiver Well at least that s how I see it positive wayEach character in this book is uniue in their own way The characterizations for each of them are done very well Vera and Stanley are such complex characters whose every action lead the story all the way to the end I love how thing ends up eventually Every lies is admitted every mistakes is forgiven and every lost is found again Some people might not like how things end for Vera and Stanley but I m satisfied enough with them Really satisfied even because I personally think it s beautiful Two Across is beautifully written Even though I had to go again and again highlighting each rare word to find its definition I think it s worth it This book was a little off at chapter 6 where I felt it s hard to relate with the circumstance happening to Vera and Stanley but it picks its charm back up on next chapter The pace is a little slow and there are repetitive scenes at some point but I enjoyed it thoroughly For a debut novel this book creates a really good start to introduce the author s writing style to the readers Some people might see this book differently than what I write here on my review but all in all I love it. 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 lat.

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Goodreads 2 star rating described as OKAY That about sums it up for me It felt really dry I developed no connection with either character It lacked some depth with the inner dialogue as well I dunno I just didn t feel engaged with the readSo eah it was okay Will I be reading from this author Probably not Side note I love the new cover verses the old New cover not pictured on Goodreads This book is a little slow at times but oh my God it s so beautifully written It felt like the novelization of an epic romantic poem The story is gorgeous and although the characters are extremely flawed their flaws are slowly reconciled as the plot progresses That ending was perfect as well although a little rushed for my taste Also she replied with a smile that illuminated the rest of his life has to be one of my favorite lines in any of the books I ve read this Ek Sanjhne Sarname year Good idea lacking in execution I was drawn in by the synopsis girl and boy meet in the National Spelling Bee hilarity ensues they have a falling out they reunite by sending each other clues in crossword puzzles With a description like that I expected well uirkiness but the book was repetitive and a scenario that seemed tailor made for comedy just wasn t funny It wasn t really bad it compelled me enough to keep going and I read it in a single day but it is a story that I actually think would have worked better as a movie As a random note the story is set in the 1960s but it felt completely out of time Other than a gratuitous mention of the JFK assassination and the fact that a character s father was involved in WWII there was nothing in the book that made it feel 1960s which makes me wonder why the author bothered to go out of his way to set it then There wasn t anything explicitly modern about it eitheret somehow the whole thing just seemed very anachronistic somehow This book had so much potential The characters were fun and setting it in the 1960 s was a neat idea My problem was as much as Vera and Stanley are great together I never really connected with them It was like someone was telling me this story after the fact The emotions were muted view spoilerWhen Vera leaves the second time hide spoiler DNF Chapter 8 page 150Crossword puzzles spelling bees intelligent kids I was so ready to fall into the spell of a uirky love story But it dragged and never got anywhere I thought it was just me since I seem to be going through a reading slump I tried to stick with it but after a while I d read about four pages or so and was asleep before I even realized it I think this is the type of book that would probably play out better as a movie2 stars because it was a good concept and I was rooting for a romance to develop between the two main characters and the story wasn t so bad it just was dragged out too long I am a lover of words and enjoy reading writing working crossword puzzles and playing word games online I even bought three copies of this book before Christmas two for relatives who are also word lovers and a copy for myself In the early parts of the book it was hard to feel much sympathy towards Stanley and Vera Both are super smart neither one has a father on site and at age eighteen they don t have much emotional maturity Stanley is way too sheltered by his mom who wants him to be successful on a large public scale Vera spends much of her time reading journals about advanced mathematics while her mom works and travels with an IBM exec Stanley also constructs crossword puzzles and sends them to newspapers One of his creations is a puzzle whose theme is Nazi Germany In one suare he puts the word HEALHITLER with the clue being Fix the Fuhrer For the clue Fork s role at breakfast the answer is LIFTWAFFLE His big moment occurs when one his puzzles is accepted for the Sunday edition of the New his is accepted for the Sunday edition of the New Times He wants to celebrate and tell the only person he knows who will appreciate his victory but he doesn t know where Vera is This book is cleverly written by Jeff Bartsch his debut novel that is a harbinger of good things to come The plot has several fascinating twists not an easy thing to manage He does this well and displays a keen knowledge of crossword puzzles The only negative is Stanley and Vera s sham wedding how could they ever get by with that fraud The unsung hero of the book is Socrates a pen that belongs to Vera and Writes With Disappearing Ink with disappearing ink comes in very handy at times This was a cute and clever story about two childhood spelling bee champs and their unusual relationshipStanley Owens and Vera Baxter tied for first place in a national spelling bee in 1960 They stayed in touch as teenagers and shortly before they were supposed to leave for college Stanley proposed But there was a catch Stanley wanted to fake the wedding thinking it would be a chance to escape his sheltered life Vera however wished the wedding could be real It s a nice twist on the traditional Marriage Plot in which there is a wedding early in the story but it takes awhile before the groom realizes he genuinely wants to be married What separates this book from a typical romance novel is its wordiness Both Stanley and Vera love reading and learning and books and crossword puzzles If they are separated and want to find each other one of them submits a uniue crossword puzzle to a national newspaper with hidden clues and hints It s totally charming When I saw that detail in another review I knew I had to read this bookI would recommend this novel to readers who like stories about bookish characters I found it to be a delightful read and it also rekindled my interest in crossword puzzlesFavorite uotesBack at the hotel they parted in the lobby with an awkwardness that was typical of brainy teenag. 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 pa. Ers But something additional sputtered and sparked around them with algebraic depthHis entire existence was one of academic slavery performing like a trained monkey for the satisfaction of his neurotic mother and the future she laid out for him was of the same To be fair he loved learning He had a junkie s craving for knowledge a need for information of all kinds from atomic structure to the haiku masters of Japan But he did not love forced learning the hours of study measured by the kitchen timer the monthly I tests Enough was enoughStanley knew that the code word for the Allied invasion of Normandy was Neptune He knew that the sodium and chloride ions of a table salt molecule bond in a crystal lattice structure and he could draw ou a diagram He knew the names of the Seven Sisters Alcyone Asterope Celaeno Electra Maia Merope and Taygete and what s he could spell them Stanley knew many things but he still didn t know that he should go to Vera straightaway and tell her how he felt about her using just three little words and ask her to be with him forever then take her to Washington and marry her for real in a simple and honest ceremony and slip a legitimate ring on her finger and sign the marriage certificate in the unexceptional variety of ink that normal people use in their wonderfully normal lives to write checks and grocery lists and make signs about lost catsStanley suspected he had shortcomings in matters of the heart and theorized that there s a finite space within a person for ability In most people that ability is evenly apportioned so that they know how to do all the things a person has to do capably but without distinction while in others ability is apportioned unevenly great talent mixed with woeful life skills Stanley had the book smarts of three PhDs combined but was blind to the obvious path he should take in his relationship with Vera I am so clever that sometimes I don t understand a single word of what I am saying Oscar WildeJeff Bartsch an American author has penned a heart warming tale of two intelligent minds who not only ruled the National Spell Bee together but also ruled a con together in his debut book Two Across unfolding the journey of two teenagers to their adulthood This is a love story between two smart individuals but layered with academic politics lies scam and career and lots of crossword puzzleSynopsis 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 Stanley and Vera when they were fifteen together conuered the National Spell Bee championship Stanley and Vera decide to con a few wealthy people on the pretext of their marriage before joining college when they were eighteen since Stanley wanted to pursue his dream job making crossword puzzles for newspaper instead of attending the Law School of Harvard Two smart minds devoid of any emotion or attraction towards one another could easily rule anything whatever they felt like Sadly their fake marriage made Vera fall for Stanley but she never uttered a word about her feelings to Stanley And when Vera could not take it any she ran away without informing Stanley about her further plans Conseuently Vera s absence made Stanley realize That He Too Had Feelings he too had feelings him but will he be able to find Vera through the crossword puzzlesThe story honestly speaking could have been much better and even realistic Firstly the story opened very slow and it progressed at snail s pace until Stanley realizing his love Firstly the story opened very slow and it progressed at snail s pace until Stanley realizing his love the end and the climax is way too rushed Other than that I loved the way the story unfolded especially the author s carefully chosen elouent w I am a huge fan of crossword puzzles and spelling bees so the synopsis made me really excited for this book It s easiest to compare this to One Day probably We keep checking in with Stanley and Vera throughout their lives but it kept feeling like I was missing major chunks of the story Also Vera and Stanley both had a tendency to annoy me Vera tends to run at any sign of conflict and Stanley is completely clueless Even so this was an interesting book and I was rooting for Vera and Stanley to figure out a way to I received digital ARC of this book from Netgalley Review also posted on Let s Say It s A BlogReading the blurb of this book I was intrigued by the uncommon choice of main characters of the book And to think that this book is written by male author it actually makes me think that something about this book might differ itself from other NA books I read a lot of NA these past two ears and Two Across comes out nothing alike every NA I ve read before In fact I think it s like literary fiction even if it s not actually a genre Two Across covers wide timeline of the whole story Its Ths 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. ,
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