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The Seven Torments of Amy and Craig [Read] ➵ The Seven Torments of Amy and Craig ➼ Don Zolidis – Janesville Wisconsin cold in the sense that there is no God1994The worst thing that's ever happened to Craig is also the best Amy Amy and Craig never should've gotten together Craig is an awkward Dung Janesville Wisconsin cold in the sense that Torments of ePUB ¹ there is no GodThe worst thing that's ever happened to Craig is also the best Amy Amy and Craig never should've gotten together Craig is an awkward Dungeons Dragons playing geek and Amy is the beautiful fiercely intelligent student body president of their high schoolYet somehow they did Until Amy dumped him Then got back together with him Then dumped him again Then got back together with him again Over and over and overUnfolding during their senior year Amy and Craig's exhilarating tumultuous relationship is a kaleidoscope of joy The Seven ePUB í pain and laughter as an uncertain future and adult responsibility loom on the horizonCraig fights for his dream of escaping Janesville and finding his place at a uirky college while Amy's uest to uncover her true self sometimes involves being Craig's girlfriendand sometimes doesn'tSeven heartbreaks Seven joysTold nonseuentially acclaimed playwright Don Zolidis's debut novel is a brutally funny bittersweet taste of the utterly uniue and utterly universal experience of first love.

About the Author: Don Zolidis

Originally from Wisconsin Don Zolidis is a Torments of ePUB ¹ novelist and one of the most produced playwrights in America His published plays have received than productions and have appeared in every state and countries His first novel The Seven Torments of Amy and Craig will be published by Disney Hyperion in October He currently splits time between Texas and New York and aspires to o.

10 thoughts on “The Seven Torments of Amy and Craig

  1. Don Zolidis Don Zolidis says:

    So I may have written this book but I will say clearly that it is the best thing I've ever done So there

  2. Rachel Rachel says:

    Okay so this wasn't what I expected it would be and that's not to say I didn't enjoy it I really did I love Craig's voice and humor I laughed out loud several times I also listened to this on audiobook and the narrator did a FLAWLESS job of re creating a Wisconsin accent This story tells the relationship of Amy and Craig who meet in their senior year of high school and break up 7 times We start the book on break up number 3 and bounce a little bit between timelines which confused me a couple of times because I couldn't remember what had happened in which order I think I could have done without the broken timeline This is set in the 90s and I'm always cautious when YA books are set in the 90s Does that time period really resonate with teens today? Is it set during that time as an excuse to avoid cellphones and Internet? Is the author trying to wax nostalgic about their own teen years?And I feel like the last one is the case here This almost reads like a memoir like an adult looking back on a high school relationship with that sort of distanced mature perspective I'm pretty sure stupid and idiot were used in this book 1000 times and I love self deprecating humor as much as the next person but that's what felt adult to me As a teen in the moment I didn't think what I was doing was dumb As an adult looking backyeah I did some dumb stuffSo no This isn't your typical YA I'm not even sure it's technically YA at all I loved this for its humor and 90s nostalgia and recommended it immediately to a friend who happens to be a 40 something year old man who plays DD He will love this He could have WRITTEN this So I don't know how a fifteen year old boy today would feel about it but I'd love to get some feedback on that I absolutely recommend this to anyone who wasn't cool in the 90's or for people who loved The Perks of Being a Wallflower If you got all the Rocky Horror and punk references in that you'll love this

  3. Tiffany Tiffany says:

    I had the good fortune to get an advance proof of this title and I'm really glad I did YA isn't a freuent genre age bracket? for me to read but given that I finished this in two days I'd say that this was a welcome and engaging departure from my usual fare The author captures small town Wisconsin and all its weirdness perfectly deer widows indeed And the group of his friends they're so accurate to my teenage experience that it's almost painful I nearly laughed out loud in a restaurant reading the scene where the narrator is trying to convince his nerdy friends to let him bring his girlfriend to a DD session Looking back on that era of my life through these characters it's a bit amazing any of us that grew up in that time period made it out as functional semi successful adults This was a really fun read and if I could go back to my angsty painful teenager years and show myself this book finding out that everyone else suffered the same awkward insecure obsessive feelings that I did it would have been a game changer Reading it as an adult it was fun to go back and laugh at the ridiculous weight we all gave to every single look action and gesture It was especially sweet to see the wisdom that the narrator gains in spite of himself at times via some of the no spoilers events of the book Turns out it's not deer hunting that makes you a man who knew

  4. Books and Guacamole Books and Guacamole says:

    I was prepared for this book to be hilarious which it was What I wasn’t prepared for was for it to be genuinely touching Craig’s journey through his seven breakups with the same girl is a thoughtful and moving depiction of growing up and recognizing your own faults

  5. Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd) Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd) says:

    “Are you Okay?” she asked“What?”“You seem a little messed up”“I’m getting dumped And I’m probably having an aneurysm or something”“I’m sorry”“I would appreciate in the future if you would stop breaking up with me” This was a beautifully bittersweet love story that was so grounded in realism and authenticity that I fell head over heels and had my heartbroken alongside Amy and Craig The Seven Torments of Amy and Craig details the on again off again romance between Amy and Craig We explore their lives hopes dreams and fears as they keep finding their way to each other I loved the writing style in the story Everything was so realistic and clear It honestly felt like a movie playing out in front of me I didn’t want to put the book down And Craig’s narration was so witty humorous and personal we get so many of his random thoughts and clearly see him It was just fantastic Reading this story felt like connecting with a friend and just catching up It was so good I would have loved to get to know Amy a bit maybe even a POV chapter and the other side characters were only in the story very briefly but they did have great interactions with each otherThe Seven Torments of Amy and Craig is an unexpected love story about soulmates friendships romance and everything in between It’s about finding your happiness while learning to be content in your everyday moments It shows the messiness of life and the joy and hope we seek in forming bonds with other people We see that there are always new endings and if we’re lucky there are new beginnings too I received a copy of the book from Disney Hyperion in exchange for an honest review

  6. Samantha (WLABB) Samantha (WLABB) says:

    First and foremost I want to thank Zolidis for warning me that though this is a love story there would be no HEA So yeah he warned me but I just kept hoping the outcome would change because I am the sappiest sap alive He prepared me for it but I still criedThis book is called The Seven Torments of Amy and Craig but to me this was really Craig's story It was the story of his first love and subseuent heartbreak but it also chronicled a rather cataclysmic year in his life which I guess was his coming of ageThat being said I LOVED Craig Right from the start I knew I was going to adore him He was witty and wry and he made me laugh I ached for him every time Amy broke up with him and scolded him every time he went back to her My heart broke for him when his family hit a rough patch and I was proud of his personal growth throughout the story Good job Don Zolidis You wrote a great character who totally endeared himself to meAmy was a little tougher for me to like The story was told solely from Craig's perspective therefore I really had no inkling as to why Amy kept breaking up with Craig We slowly learn bits and pieces of her life throughout the book but don't really get the full story until almost the end of the book That last bit helped me reconcile my feelings about Amy and understand her a lot and maybe it was sort of brilliant to make me waitThere were lots of great supporting characters in this book as well Amongst my favorites were Craig's DD suad They each had some uirks and the group as a whole had a great dynamic They really rallied around Craig when he hit some low points during his various torments Craig may not have had as many friends as his sister but he had some uality friendsI also loved Craig's dad He goes through a lot in this book and we see his and Craig's relationship undergo some major changes This was one of the first times that Craig saw his dad as a fallible human He saw his father bear his emotions and actually share his feelings These reveals were huge and really took Craig and his dad's relationship in a meaningful directionZolidis did a fantastic job taking me through the ups and downs of this relationship I thought laying it out in a non linear way worked well but my favorite thing was the way Craig told the story I like when the characters talk to me It's a format that works well for me with films TV shows and books It conveyed this intimacy that fit the confessional nature of this story which was very memoire esueThis book was mostly funny Zolidis expertly wove the heavier bits in with lots of humor which was probably why so many tears flowed at the end That seventh torment was the toughest for me I just reread the ending and of course I am crying There is a part that was really sad but the rest was bittersweet I liked how Amy and Craig's lives had progressed and was happy about that but being a hopeless romantic I wanted an HEAOverall A charming and humorous look at first love and moving onARC provided in exchange for an honest review BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  7. Thamy Thamy says:

    The book starts with a spoiler this is not a happy ending And yet you still read it all the time wondering how it will actually end35 because of a loss in pace around the endingCraig is an awkward nerd but he has finally made a move on Amy one of the most popular girl in school When they become boyfriend and girlfriend Amy soon dumps Craig until then they get back together and repeatTold in a non linear form by Craig himself starting from one of their breakups before we learn how they met and got together we can't help but feel morbidly curious where they'll go for Craig to call it a bad endingThis is surely a different YA Though I have read one with a similar proposal it didn't work as well as this one Craig is a great character and Amy isn't bad at all I liked her though I'm still not sure I understand her reasonsAnd that's one of the big falls I thought I was reaching a good reason they couldn't be together a bit plot twist I didn't On the bright side the book felt real as if the author had gone out with an Amy during his teenager days I did understand there was a deep meaning to the story it wasn't in vain I was still a bit disappointedAside from that this is a really uick to read book with charismatic characters especially Craig's friends Also it takes place in the mid 90's Since I was a teenager around then I identified a lot with some of the issues like Craig's parents' rule of no telephones after nine—even though we didn't have one that explicit back home This nostalgic feeling is something only an older public should be able to enjoy and that was great Of course it's still YA but it did speak to me as wellI'm recommending this to readers who are after some variety in light read contemporary YA; there's some drama but nothing too heavy and this was surely entertainingHonest review based on an ARC provided by Netgalley Many thanks to the publisher for this opportunity

  8. Samantha Clark Samantha Clark says:

    This is not your average YA love story but it's a realistic one In THE SEVEN TORMENTS OF AMY AND CRAIG the couple are together then they're not then together then not then together You see where I'm going with this And this isn't a spoiler It's on the jacket copy and the ending is predicted in the book's first lineBut the brilliance of this book is not in any surprises in the plot; it's in the real look at the uncertainty of teenage years and teenage love It's hard to give yourself fully to someone else when you're still figuring out who you are and yet that's exactly what teenagers want and keep trying to doOn againoff again relationships are a reality for so many teens and there aren't many YA books that showcase them This one does and the author Don Zolidis does it wonderfully telling the story unchronologically and showing how the characters' tumultuous relationship reflects their outside lives and growth as wellI read this book as part of an ARC tour with no expectation of a review and I recommend it

  9. Kelly Kelly says:

    This is the epitome of the kind of love story I love in YA there's an ending that feels utterly deserved and that you're told right away would happen it's not a romance with a capital R and both of the characters have good and not so good ualities to them Zolidis tells this story in a nonlinear fashion taking us from the middle of Amy and Craig's rocky relationship then to the beginning and then through to the end We see both characters become well fleshed and we see their flaws in powerful ways Craig is funny and throughout his humor shines through It doesn't feel forced nor does it feel fake This is a dude who really loves Amy but also knows he's imperfect and immature and in a family that's struggling financially so some of his plans for the future are in uestion Amy is adopted and one of the through lines in the story is about her close relationship with her adoptive mother as well as her toying with the idea of connecting with her birth mother The book is set in Janesville Wisconsin which is a community I'm really familiar with It's spot on in describing things and for hitting real great Wisconsin humor the Perkins The cow Parker Pens and their layoffs The GM plant It also is a love story to gaming and DD which began just a few miles down the road from Janesville and it also highlights Gen Con back when Gen Con was still in Milwaukee but after Lake Geneva of course It was refreshing to see this all through Craig's eyes especially because I knew so many people who grew up in Janesville not too many years after this story is set and I know how much it rings true The dialog here is great and both characters feel like actual teens Zolidis writes plays for high school performers and his eye for staging for speech and for mannerisms shines through Pass along to readers who like love stories told in non linear ways who love books with a funny male protagonist at the helm and who like a book that makes them laugh and feel sadness throughout It's set in the 1990s so it's one that'll appeal to readers who love that setting It reminded me a big of A SHORT HISTORY OF THE GIRL NEXT DOOR which would be a nice pairing Readers who pick this up and love andor are fascinated by the setting would do well with reading JANESVILLE which highlights things like GM and the Parker Pen company and their role in building Janesville to being what it is; it'll also give insight into the off handed comments Craig makes particularly about how Janesville is very white it is and that's by racist design

  10. Gary Anderson Gary Anderson says:

    Who’s ready for a funny YA book? The Seven Torments of Amy and Craig is the first novel from the prolific freuently produced playwright Don Zolidis This on again off again romance is told from Craig’s point of view as Amy breaks up with him not once not twice but you guessed it—seven times Craig is understandably tormented by all this although his sense of humor keeps the story light and downright funny even when the plot turns serious toward the end Threading through Craig’s explanation of his love life are other misadventures from his early ‘90s teenage existence in Janesville Wisconsin involving deer hunting a college visit Dungeons and Dragons and comic books We can give this enjoyable book to high school readers looking for an older kids version of Diary of A Wimpy Kid

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