All the Major Constellations

Laura Lettel is the most beautiful girl in the world and Andrew s not so secret infatuation.Now he s leaving high school behind and looking ahead to a fresh start at college and distance from his obsessive crush But when a terrible accident leaves him without the companionship of his two best friends, Andrew is cast adrift and alone until Laura unexpectedly offers him comLaura Lettel is the most beautiful girl in the world and Andrew s not so secret infatuation.Now he s leaving high school behind and looking ahead to a fresh start at college and distance from his obsessive crush But when a terrible accident leaves him without the companionship of his two best friends, Andrew is cast adrift and alone until Laura unexpectedly offers him comfort, friendship, and the support of a youth group of true believers, fundamentalist Christians with problems and secrets of their own Andrew is curiously drawn to their consuming beliefs, but why Is it only to get closer to Laura And is Laura genuinely interested in Andrew, or is she just trying to convert him This provocative and compelling debut novel will resonate deeply with readers as it explores questions of identity, sexuality, and spirituality.
All the Major Constellations Laura Lettel is the most beautiful girl in the world and Andrew s not so secret infatuation Now he s leaving high school behind and looking ahead to a fresh start at college and distance from his obse

  • Title: All the Major Constellations
  • Author: Pratima Cranse
  • ISBN: 9780670016457
  • Page: 443
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “All the Major Constellations”

    1. The story started out intriguing. I was curious about this Laura and why Andrew was so fascinated with her. I wanted to understand her religion as well and see what her faith was really like, especially since the blurb indicated they had issues of their own. First of all, there was a lot going on in this story. From Andrew's tumultuous family, to him figuring out what to do with his feelings for Laura and what to do with his life. But most of all, that terrible event that led to one of his best [...]

    2. Huge thank you to the publisher for sending me a finished copy for review!So this book was very weird. But in such a way that I ended up liking it. I did find the voice a little difficult to get into at times and the writing felt a little simplistic, but for some reason I was totally engaged.Our MC, Andrew, has a messed up family life. His brother is a big time college football player and I think that Andrew's dad resents him for not also being someone to vicariously live through. Rather than pl [...]

    3. I have mixed feelings about this one. It certainly did the job in terms of holding my interest from start to finish. I was heavily invested in the main character and anxious to keep turning the pages in order to read what would happen next. I also believe it would maintain the interest of many teen readers. That being said, I certainly have my misgivings. Foremost, I balk at the portrayal of the group of Christian teens and young adults in this novel. They came across as religious zealots, odd, [...]

    4. I simply adored this book. Andrews love for Laura in the beginning of the book is highly interesting, it seems almost obsessive especially because he doesn't really know her just knows her for her looks. When tragedy strikes his closet friend Sara, Andrews life changes for good. He becomes involved in a conservative Christian group to become closer to Laura. At first it seems that Andrew will become fully sucked into this group and become a part of it. This seems like his summer of discovery and [...]

    5. This book feels like a want-to-be Catcher in the Rye, but "modernized" and "edgier" except Andrew is nowhere near as empathetic as Holden. I thought maybe Andrew would get better as the book progresses and we get character development but that never happens. He barely knows his best friends. He objectifies just about every female character in the book. He is jealous and whiney over every male character. He joins a fundamentalist Christian group to hook up with a girl that he's been mooning over [...]

    6. I'M NOT SURESo I won a copy of this, read the dust jacket and thought it sounded weird.It was.I'm still not sure if he was having religious experiences or panic attacks, I'm still not sure if he really is religious, I'm still not sure if he has a crush on his friend Marcia, I'm still not sure what's going on with his sexuality, I'm still not sure if his brother RAPED A GIRLI could go on.But maybe that was the point? Maybe the whole thing with this novel is to question, and not have all the answe [...]

    7. 4.5 stars to be exact. This book is a catalyst of confusion. So All the Major Constellations does make sense because it is made of amenity and destruction. It has a lot of euphemism in it since it has a sensitive point of view about Christianity but not in a political way. So! It is not an adult read, if you love politics then this is not a book for you. The main character, Andrew, is clearly confused and I LOVE how he handle things in a clearly confusing way. He delivers everything in a manner [...]

    8. I liked the author's style, and could not read this fast enough to find out what happened to the characters. There was a lot packed in here and I would have like a more - whole books about each of John, Laura, and the girls.Did I miss something or read to fast? an insinuation about ??? regarding the lawyer ??

    9. This book brought out a lot of emotion in me, even if it wasn't that sad for some people. Part of that may because I was up late reading it, but I found All The Major Constellations to be a really good book

    10. This book was insanely good and was just amazing overall. I would definetly give this a read. Being a Christian myself, it was interesting to look from a perspective of someone who didn't grow up in the church and went on this walk of faith. It was so interesting to me.

    11. It was good, a little convoluted, and the title doesn't make a whole bunch of sense. But still one of the better portrayals of Christians in YA books so there's that.

    12. All The Major Constellations, in short, is about a boy named Andrew experiencing average young adult phases with the exception of being surrounded by more than one tragedy. But he handles them in a way that is unique and does not shape his personality, which I feel should have been slightly more affected. The major tragedy was handled in one of the average two ways to handle grief, but I feel as if the author should have shown a change in Andrew, just as it showed a bit of the change in the char [...]

    13. 2.8 StarsThank you so much to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy of this novel in exchange for my HONEST thoughts and opinions on it.This review is spoiler free. Okay. So, I was not expecting to get this book so when I got it I was surprised and looked at the cover. When I get a book sent to me that I don't know anything about, or one I pick up that I don't know anything about, theI first do a cover analysis (Basically judging the book by its cover. But saying cover analysis it makes it [...]

    14. Before we start, I want you to take a moment to look at the cover. Isn't it beautiful? This cover really sums up the overall feeling I got from this book. When I was a teenager I would spend a lot of time contemplating life while looking up at the night sky. I loved and still love the stars. So even before starting this book it was already pulling on my heart strings a little bit.This is a hard story to describe. It is actually quite complex. There are a lot of different things going on at once. [...]

    15. Cranse, Pratima All the Major Constellations 316 pages. Viking Penguin Random House 2015. $17.99. Language: R (100+ swears, 60 “f”); Mature Content: R; Violence: R.Andrew’s two best friends couldn’t be more different – Marcia is seriously smart and shy, and Sara is gorgeous, flirtatious, and hardworking - but the three of them have been inseparable all through high school. A week before their graduation in 1995, Sara is severely injured in a car accident, prompting Marcia to attend to [...]

    16. It took a while for me to really get into this book. It starts off kind of slowly, and is never in a big hurry. A little over halfway through it, I was suddenly more invested in the characters, especially Andrew. Andrew is basically the center of the story. He has two close female friends at school, Sara ("the pretty one") and Marcia (the smart one). Right before they are to graduate high school, Sara is in a bad car accident and ends up in a coma. Andrew's life starts unraveling as his two clos [...]

    17. Oh my goodness where do I even begin? This is one of those books that for me I loved from beginning to end. I almost want more information on it. I feel as though the author wrapped it up beautifully but I still can't help but crave more. I have so many questions involving the characters and their futures that I can't even begin to organize my thoughts. The book actually sparked more of my interest in religion. I've grown up with religious family members but religion was never pushed onto me. I' [...]

    18. "Pratima Cranse's excellent book went with me to lunch, to the doctor's office, to the kitchen counter as I prepared dinner; its pages spattered with everything from coffee to marinara sauce. Part of it was being able to so easily slip into the indelible memories of a certain phase of adolescence. The rest was being able to pick up on themes that give 17-year-old Andrew Genter's life a point of view I hadn't thought about before. And isn't it the best thing in the world when you suddenly see som [...]

    19. This book isn't what I expected, but was an excellent read. Andrew has two best friends: Sara and Marcia, and he has a crush on the Christian girl Laura. Andrew's friend Sara is in a car accident and Marcia goes to the hospital to help take care of her. Andrew is befriended by the Christian group. I worried, a bit, that this would be a boy finds religion story or the opposite, the wrongs of a conservative church group but this story was much more complex and nuanced than that. There are no good [...]

    20. I really loved the way this story grappled with religion, friendships, lust and love. I don't know quite how I'm going to sell it to my students though. I found it fascinating to peek into the "ultra-conservative" kids' club through Andrew's eyes. I loved the honest way that Andrew's struggle is portrayed, how hard he's grappling with all the changes and trauma in his life, and how he usually doesn't know what to make of himself. Can't wait to read what's next from this author!

    21. I would definitely recommend reading it and if you decide to, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. It is a very unique book and left an impression on me; isn’t a book I’ll be forgetting about anytime soon. Four out of five stars.See my full review at: readerwritercritic.wordpress.

    22. Andrew is one of the more unlikable fictional characters that I have come across in a long time. Selfish, manipulative and his obsession with Laura is borderline creepy especially since I don't feel that the author did a great job of showing us why he was so into her. she was a weak character. No one really comes off well here.

    23. it kind of was too much of everything. andrew's obsession was just too creepy and overpowering. the events seemed too forced but at the same time too randomly chosen and thrown into the story. all the conversations were quite superficial with no depth and the sexuality aspects of the story didn't really fit into the story.

    24. There's a lot going on in this book, and not all the story lines/characters (even really key ones) felt well developed. There was a huge focus on physical and sexual attraction to people with whom the characters had minimal existing relationships, which definitely made the book work less for me.

    25. A book set in 1990s high school that involves fundamentalist Christians? Sign me up.This book, sadly, is a book where nothing happens. Or things happen but no one cares. "Oh, now our friend is in the ICU. Whoop-de-do." Add in a college jock older brother whose every sentence contains a homophobic slur, and I'm seriously not impressed.Bottom Line: Not worth your time.

    26. I really liked this book. It told the story of friendships, family conflict, and moving on with life after high school in a manner that YAs will be able to relate to. I think it handled loss very maturely as well. Anne Liebst

    27. I really don't know how I feel about this book. The writing was nice and the characters were intriguing. The story? I don't even know what that was. It was good and weird and confusing. So 3 stars sums it up.

    28. Good book! Kept me turning the pages and couldn't put it down. Had me on the edge of my seat until the very end.

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