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Title:
Love is both wave and particle / Paul Cody.
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9781626726888
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First edition.
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New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2017.
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311 pages ; 22 cm
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In this love story set in Ithaca, New York, at an alternative high school whose two requirements for admission are academic excellence and psychiatric disability, a boy and girl work on their year-long senior project to write their life stories as informed by the points-of-view of people who have known them through their lives.
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This achingly beautiful novel considers how to measure love when it has the power to both save and destroy.

Levon Grady and Samantha Vash are both students at an alternative high school for high-achieving but troubled teens. They have been chosen for a year-long project where they write their life stories and collect interviews from people who know them. The only rule is 100% confidentiality--they will share their work only with each other. What happens will transform their lives.

Told from the perspectives of Levon, Sam, and all the people who know them best, this is a love story infused with science and the exploration of identity. In Love Is Both Wave and Particle , Paul Cody looks at how love behaves in different situations, and how it can shed light on even the darkest heart.

Praise for Love is Both Wave and Particle :

"[A] series of first-person narratives from the teens' parents, classmates, and counselor . . . offer varied perspectives on Sam and quiet, handsome Levon Grady, who is "maybe somewhere on the broad spectrum of Asperger's," as he puts it. . . . Part romance, part psychological study, adult author Cody's first book for teens thoughtfully conveys Sam and Levon's complex mental states, the evolution of their relationship, and their journeys of self-discovery ." -- Publishers Weekly


Author Notes

Paul Cody earned an MFA at Cornell University, and has published several novels and a memoir for adults. He lives in Ithaca, New York, with his wife, the poet Elizabeth Holmes, and their two sons. Love Is Both Wave and Particle is his first novel for teenagers.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

After a suicide attempt, Sam Vash enrolls in an alternative high school in Ithaca, N.Y., where she's given a long-term assignment with another senior. The two are to gather stories about themselves from friends, family, and others, and create autobiographies. "It was English and writing, with maybe some psychology and personal history thrown in," Sam explains. What follows is a series of first-person narratives from the teens' parents, classmates, and counselor, which provide material for the memoirs and offer varied perspectives on Sam and quiet, handsome Levon Grady, who is "maybe somewhere on the broad spectrum of Asperger's," as he puts it. Through these shifting points of view, which can at times be difficult to keep straight, readers get hints about why Sam slit her wrists at boarding school and how Levon's upbringing with his scientist mother has affected him. Part romance, part psychological study, adult author Cody's first book for teens thoughtfully conveys Sam and Levon's complex mental states, the evolution of their relationship, and their journeys of self-discovery. Ages 14-up. Agent: Faye Bender, the Book Group. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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