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The Vast Fields of Ordinary

Burd, Nick

(Book - 2009)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Vast Fields of Ordinary
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The summer after graduating from an Iowa high school, eighteen-year-old Dade Hamilton watches his parents' marriage disintegrate, ends his long-term, secret relationship, comes out of the closet, and savors first love.
Publisher: New York : Dial Books, c2009
ISBN: 0803733402
9780803733404
Branch Call Number: y BURD 2009
Characteristics: 309 p. ;,24 cm

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The summer after graduating from an Iowa high school, eighteen-year-old Dade Hamilton watches his parents' marriage disintegrate, ends his long-term, secret relationship, comes out of the closet, and savors first love.


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Aug 17, 2012
  • Amienne rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A light and easy read that is highly addictive. I could not put the book down and read it under 3 days. Dade hamiliton is highly relatable and funny character that you sympathize and empathize with throughout the whole story; like hes telling a story to you while your in reading the story through his eyes/perspective. The book was a very fun read about 'life' and not fantasy fictions. It was a great alternative and exciting. I highly reccomend this to anyone who wants a fun, emotional, and addictive roller coaster journey of fiction about life and struggles.

Jul 30, 2012
  • willbrennan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

No doubt, this book is simply excellent. Those who grew up on the North Shore will be able to relate to much of the suburbia theme (finding the extraordinary in the ordinary) that permeates the book. And for once, I felt like this book was long enough. Most books are too short, don't flesh out the characters and interactions enough. At the same time, it was never boring. The only complaint I have is the ending. What a let down. The author should have omitted the last paragraph completely, rather than trying to preach a cliché to us, he should have just let the book show us that life is many shades of gray, not black and white.

Jan 11, 2012
  • rufinam rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I absolutely love this book! When I first read it, I absolutely fell in love with the characters and their stories. Both my friend and I have read it several times now, and it never gets old!

Nov 26, 2011
  • amberdawn1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is amazing! It's honest and touching and has shot to number two on my top five list of books. The characters are dynamic, the situations are real and the writing is beautiful. I read it once a month, I just can't get enough! Can't wait for his next book!

Nov 15, 2011
  • KJtheEpicFailure rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A totally epic book. I just didn't like the ending... But other than that... It's great!

Oct 07, 2011
  • ivanleung rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a great book

Jun 15, 2011
  • Decore_Septum rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was amazing to read. After the first few pages I was pulled in to the story and the characters. This book really opened new windows for me and I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in a joyful, realistic, and beautiful novel of change and enlightenment.

After reading this book I see that the world is, indeed, vast and ordinary

Jan 19, 2011
  • ModernDayHolden rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I read this in one sitting it was so good.

The story is beautiful and heart wrenching, the characters are fleshed out and realistic.

I almost feel as if I have a better understanding of myself after reading this.

Jan 16, 2011
  • madelineerceg rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Best book I've read in a long time. Without trying to sond creepy, this book is really hot. HAHAHAH.

There are moments that aren't for people who dislike homosexual/gay men scenes but none of these scenes are super descriptive and the ending is very charming.

Seriously, I've read this book twice now and will probably buy it.

One of the biggest recommendations I'd give to anybody. Loved it <3

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