Awards
Michael L. Printz Award Best Book (nominee)
Since his parents' divorce, John's mother hasn't touched him, her new fiancé wants them to move away, and his father would rather be anywhere than at Friday night dinner with his son. It's no wonder John writes articles like "Interview with the Stepfather" and "Memoirs from Hell." The only release he finds is in homemade zines like the amazing Escape Velocity by Marisol, a self-proclaimed "Puerto Rican Cuban Yankee Lesbian." Haning around the Boston Tower Records for the new issue of Escape Velocity, John meets Marisol and a hard love is born.

While at first their friendship is based on zines, dysfuntional families, and dreams of escape, soon both John and Marisol begin to shed their protective shells. Unfortunately, John mistakes this growing intimacy for love, and a disastrous date to his junior prom leaves that friendship in ruins. Desperately hoping to fix things, John convinces Marisol to come with him to a zine conference on Cape Cod. On the sandy beaches by the Bluefish Wharf Inn, John realizes just how hard love can be.

With keen insight into teenage life, Ellen Wittlinger delivers a story of adolescence that is fierce and funny -- and ultimately transforming -- even as it explores the pain of growing up.


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Hardback Editions

April 2008 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Hard Love
Author(s): Ellen Wittlinger
ISBN: 1-4352-3434-0 / 978-1-4352-3434-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Paw Prints 2008-04-11
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April 2001 : USA Library Binding

Title: Hard Love
Author(s): Ellen Wittlinger
ISBN: 0-606-20689-2 / 978-0-606-20689-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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April 2001 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Hard Love (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Ellen Wittlinger
ISBN: 0-613-34759-5 / 978-0-613-34759-4 (USA edition)
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June 1999 : USA Hardback
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Title: Hard Love
Author(s): Ellen Wittlinger
ISBN: 0-689-82134-4 / 978-0-689-82134-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Paperback Editions

July 2004 : USA Paperback
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Title: Hard Love
Author(s): Ellen Wittlinger
ISBN: 0-689-87257-7 / 978-0-689-87257-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
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April 2001 : USA Paperback
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Title: Hard Love
Author(s): Ellen Wittlinger
ISBN: 0-689-84154-X / 978-0-689-84154-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Audio Editions

April 2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Hard Love
Author(s): Ellen Wittlinger
ISBN: 0-7393-6458-8 / 978-0-7393-6458-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library
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March 2001 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: Hard Love
Author(s): Ellen Wittlinger
ISBN: 0-8072-8866-7 / 978-0-8072-8866-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library
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February 2001 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Hard Love
Author(s): Ellen Wittlinger
ISBN: 0-8072-6192-0 / 978-0-8072-6192-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library
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June 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Hard Love
Author(s): Ellen Wittlinger
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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June 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Hard Love
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Publisher: Simon Pulse
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