"[A] wonderfully written marvel of a book: a work both gripping and hilarious, joyous and heartbreakingly bittersweet." --The Wall Street Journal
"Deftly, Wetta illuminates the gulf between the innocence of age 12 and the realizations that arise at 13...At turns unsparing, tender, and disturbing when it comes to rivalry and the nuances of love versus obligation, this is no typical bildungsroman. That Jack emerges from a crucible determined never to look back is unsurprising; it is the path leading him to this conclusion that is intelligently, wonderfully conceived." --Publishers Weely, starred review
"[An] auspicious debut...IF JACK'S IN LOVE is a moving portrait of a specific time, family, and town, but also a universal story of growing up and coming to terms with the people--and places--that raise us, told with all the humor, truth, and urgency of its teenage hero." --BookPage
"You will fall in love with Jack's endearing voice as he recounts the summer he fell in love and ultimately grew up." --Chatelaine (Canada)
"Wetta has a deft touch at balancing the laugh-out-loud moments with some of the darker plot twists. All the characters feel authentic in their motives, words, and actions throughout, and Jack's relationship with his family members, Gladstein, and Myra are written with compassion and heart...Wetta is an author to watch." --About.com
Be sure to pick up a copy of the book! And find out more about this incredible author at his website, www.stephenwetta.com.
Penguin/Amy Einhorn Books, October 2011