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Partly Cloudy: Poems of Love and Longing

by Gary Soto

Published by Harcourt / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009
100 pages
ISBN: 978-0-15-206301-6

Age 13 and older

In two parts, titled “A Girl’s Tears, Her Songs” and “A Boy’s Body, His Words,” Gary Soto explores the intense and often fleeting experience of young love. His seventy-seven poems speak in a range of distinct teenage voices along the spectrum of love: longing from a distance (“Don’t You See”), total immersion in a shared romance (“Time”), and the sharp pain of its demise (“Eternal Love”). The elusive nature of love is explored in several of the poems, including “Rough Hands”: “Lotion is a slippery essence / Applied on a winter day / When an icy wind sings through the bare trees. / But I prefer my hands rough. / This way when I hold yours, / You won’t slip away.” CCBC Categories: Poetry  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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