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The Vast Fields of Ordinary. Home · The Vast Fields of Ordinary The Vast Machinery of Dreams. Read more The Dragons of Ordinary Farm · Read more . THE VAST FIELDS OF ORDINARY. BY NICK BURD. A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF AN ALA STONEWALL YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE . The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd. Fancy White Trash by Marjetta Geerling . Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green (and David Levithan). Ask the.
His parents are in a loveless marriage and his mother takes more anti-depressants than she should. The whole thing with Jenny Moore was weird, and didn't really have anything to do with the story line. Something about the writing was nice and Dade was a fairly likable character. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Actual rating:
Alex deals drugs. But that's okay, because it only means that he can get him and his lover drugs for FREE! So fricken sexy. He is a useless and stupid loser. I'm serious. He is made out to be the answer to all of Dade's problems, his savior, his wonder, and Dade won't shut up about him.
I as the reader see nothing special about Alex. His "profession", drug dealing, is not seen as a bad or dangerous thing. Dade never thinks "Oh shit maybe I shouldn't be kickin' it with this drug dealer and user ". Instead he thinks "Oh God Alex looks so hot when he's smoking a joint!!! They're like comedic reliefs, instead of horrifying visions of the future and what drugs can do. However, although he says some pretty messed up things to her yet still refers to her as his friend he never apologizes, for fear that it would get awkward.
At a party he goes to at Fessica's house, she gets wasted. He helps her get up to her room, and she tries to come on to him. He freaks out and runs out of the room. Later, when she approaches him about this the next day and confides in him, telling him that she has always felt useless compared to her sister and confessing her love for him yes, all in the same breath , he freaks out again. She brings up what happened in her room but he tells her that she was practically trying to rape him and that he is totally not into her.
Honestly, he's pretty jerky about it. He could have just told her that he wasn't interested in her like that and that he was gay. But noooo, he has to get all mean with her. She starts crying, and he feels bad for it but still doesn't apologize.
Fast forward to the next day, he approaches her because she spread a rumor about him. Only, she didn't. She only jokingly told Jessica the "rumor", who blew it out of proportion. He doesn't apologize again, but instead asks her to relay information about Alex the dealer at the party he fell in love with. Not at one point does he treat Fessica with respect, even though she's pretty friendly to him except when she calls him "faggot", but at that time he really sort of deserved it for being such a jerk -- unless you count near the end when he invites her to his stupid trainwreck party out of pity.
Never at once does he apologize or try and evaluate in his mind whether or not he did the right thing. In all honesty, it's pretty awful. What Goal? Dade has no goal in life. He's not that concerned about college. He barely knows what he wants to do with his life. The entire book his only concern is getting a boyfriend even after he already has one, he won't shut up.
I understand the need to be loved, but let's get real -- Alex was hardly the best person to get this from. Nick tries to feed us that he stopped depending on other for happiness, but that was a bald faced lie.
Dade's happiness depended on Alex all the way through the book. I was never sure what he wanted, or if he got it or not. What was this book supposed to be about, anyways? I don't know either. View all 19 comments. First of all I want to say that often my favorite books to read are any fiction books that have queer themes. So I was hoping to be pleased no matter what, and I seem to think of myself as a forgiving person when it comes to books in fact before this I couldn't really name any book in recent history I'd read besides Twilight that I would consider 'bad' Unfortunately, I quickly began to realize that this book is in fact, awful.
Although some of that is to blame from the back cover. I know that a First of all I want to say that often my favorite books to read are any fiction books that have queer themes. I know that authors aren't responsible right? From the back of the book even mentioning, one would think it was going to be the inciting incident, otherwise why spoil, right?
And I waited and waited and waited and waited and waited and fucking waited some more and nothing tragic happened until about the last chapter, and it certainly didn't seem to change the course of the narrator's life much in any way. The plethora of events that I imagined were possibly going to happen were much more interesting than what even does happen, which is, may I repeat myself again, pretty much nothing by the time we get there anyway.
This book goes absolutely nowhere. Underneath all the nothing that happens to the main character, a continuous mention of a missing girl is brought up. There is meant to be some 'deep' symbolism, in context of the main character, the little girl getting lost at the beginning of the summer and magically found with no explanation of what even happened to her at the end, and I can't for the life of me ever figure out why the main character even cared for a second beyond a superficial level about it.
I certainly didn't care about her, because the narrator didn't make me care. At first I thought I would, but then I realized he had no interests aside from poetry and bands with really cliche names.
He seems to have no will of his own and lets his friends convince him how to act and what's cool, including participating in the very cult-like and disturbing head-shaving party which is about the time I decided I wanted to be done with this book however I continued til the end, I'm not one to leave a book once I've gotten most of the way through.
We read pages and pages of him sitting out by the pool and moping about in his room and going to backyard parties and each event seems to be even more mundane then the other. Then when it comes to the boys he's paired up with, the parts of the book that could actually be interesting, the sex is skipped over and barely even mentioned, using about a sentence to describe that anything even happened.
Worst of all, at the end of the book, the narrator tells us that he is writing a book and it is called the Vast Fields of Ordinary like it's going to be some amazing life story.
So the book is in fact self-aware, and yet it has no idea what a terribly uninteresting, vast field of boring it was. I guess I should have known by the title that nothing was going to happen. But still. The writing itself was terribly weak as well. Not only were there a few spelling and grammar errors though I suppose that's the editor's fault for not catching them before publication, and dammit, this is the second edition of the book, you'd think they'd catch the errors by now , but the author writes like a 14 year old writing fanfiction.
Anytime a character is introduced we are treated to a ridiculous amount of sentences that interrupt the story in order to give us a description of what they looks like. For example, when the main character is at a diner and a waitress comes us, he immediately tells us "she was wearing sparkly barrettes and [blah blah] As they say in film, 'show, don't tell. There were several other instances of that, however it was when I came to the part about this waitress when I realized 'wow, this writing is awfully weak.
I think I've covered enough what went wrong here. Basically weak writing centered around almost zero plot. Just descriptions of someone's boring summer.
I have never read a book packed with that much nothing, except perhaps Twilight, which unfortunately, I read right before this one. There is plenty of good queer fiction out there. This is not one of them. View all 7 comments. Jun 02, Laura rated it really liked it. A summer of coming out, falling in love, and finding himself. But also a time of confusion, loneliness, tension, and longing. Dade has a lot going on in his ordinary world. Things are not as ordinary as they appear.
At times, they made me smile, laugh, and melt from one car ride, party, and phone call to the next. In other words, all of these characters felt real. So real to me. In their own bubbles of pain, confusion, or regret. My emotions were all over the map with this one. Sympathy to disappointment. Pride to frustration. Happy to heartbroken.
Powerful, complex, layered characters that tore me to bits from one moment to the next. How the hell did he just make me feel bad for him after everything? So many emotions. I did like Alex though. I can say that actually. Around us the night moved.
Wind rustled the corn, and the chirps of crickets pinballed around us, first here, then there, then over there. I loved the energy, flow, and use of the words and silence on the page. In just a few words, he could make me see and feel the moment, emotion, and energy in the room so clearly. Simple language that somehow brought magic to the ordinary.
Burd could pull me right in there with them. I felt the heat, water, or night on my skin. Felt the confusion and need. A unique voice and vibe that hit me with force. A quiet power that snuck up on me. An adorable, witty, charming swirl of sadness and sexy. Every summer needs a romance and Alex Kincaid was perfect. Dreamy and lost in his own way. As the summer moved along, Dade came more and more into himself with confidence and acceptance. Two hearts that found and needed each other for the summer.
Was I supposed to feel hope at the end? Maybe in a way I did. Small wave of hope. But really the ending gave me the shivers. It will haunt me. I just feel it. So that review was a mess.
There is a lot going on here. But in the end—I am so happy Dade is no longer talking to his ceiling fan about how he feels. My heart hopes he will find his happiness in life. I know, I know. That shows how deep this book went with me. I feel haunted. But in many ways, this book took a big part of me.
A highly recommended read.
One that will stick with you. Later when the emotions have stopped messing with my head maybe it will make sense to me. The way Pablo treated Dade was ugly, brutal, heart-shattering, and unforgivable. I cheered when Dade finally stood up for himself. But right then, at that moment in time--when Pablo was trying…Hell he was an 18 year old kid lost and confused about his sexuality trying to reach out and understand.
Walking into the only gay bar in his home town so nervous and lost. Maybe hoping to make sense or find something he needed to help him. To then have his Ex call him a coward devastated my heart.
For me, Pablo was—at that very moment anyway—pretty fucking far from a coward. Pablo was an extremely powerful character that pulled all sorts of emotions out of me. Lost, sad, and scary. I just wanted to shake both of them—beg even—please talk to each other. Help each other. But life does not work like that. Usually and Unfortunately. After years of hurt, Pablo and Dade ended up hurting each other even more whenever they tried to talk.
Broke my heart. I know that was a mess. I just needed to get some of that out. It shocked and surprised me when that jab of pain for Pablo hit me. Very powerful, real characters that will haunt my soul. I do hope. God, I hope and wish Pablo, Dade, and Alex have people to reach out to for help and understanding. We all need someone to reach out to. View all 12 comments. Feb 28, Nick Bicknell rated it really liked it. I think this book gets a bad rap for a variety of reasons, the chief reason being that it isn't afraid to deal with drugs and not paint them in a negative light.
Of course when I refer to drugs, I'm referring to marijuana and alcohol, you know, the two things that most teenagers manage to get their fingers into at one point or another, and most of us, honestly, grow up just fine. It's no surprise that the most popular negative reviews on this site harp on the fact that there are drugs and that t I think this book gets a bad rap for a variety of reasons, the chief reason being that it isn't afraid to deal with drugs and not paint them in a negative light.
It's no surprise that the most popular negative reviews on this site harp on the fact that there are drugs and that the primary love interest of the main character is a drug dealer. I'm not going to comment on this fact much, I'll just give a simple statement: No, they're not portrayed in a negative light at all. Yes, I'm fine with this. You know why?
I've smoked pot. I've drank. Neither of those things define me, and those things don't define the characters of this book either. People need to get over their hangups. It's ironic to me that these people who complain about this drug-fueled barely lifestyle are reading an LBGTQ book that also promotes an alternative lifestyle. I understand there is a big difference between being gay and choosing to get trashed I'm gay, after all but this sort of close-mined hypocrisy is just too much for me to handle.
Onward to the review! Dade Hamilton is just your run of the mill boy, who just so happens to be gay, who is spending his last summer at home before he leaves for college. A lot of reviews tear him apart for being weak, or that all of his problems come from him being gay, but nowhere in the book did I find this to be remotely the case.
Sure, there were problems that sprung up in his life due to his lifestyle, but they're very real problems. I went through them.
Dade is a realistic character, a gay boy who is neither effeminate or manly, he's just himself. He's sleeping with a sort-of boyfriend who is in the closet and has a girlfriend. Dade is his ass on the side. His name is Pablo, and he was a wonderful character.
He's gay, as a reader you never really get the impression that he's bisexual, he's gay. He's in the closet. And as Dade tells him somewhere near the beginning of the novel, he's a coward. I felt for him, and I mean really felt for him.
His situation is not an unusual one--torn between two paths, the social norm, and his real self. Everyone knows the guy that everyone knows is gay, but somehow has a girlfriend and refuses to be himself.
Pablo is that character. The book doesn't really follow a set path. There are a number of plotlines that all reach some sort of resolution towards the end of the novel--not all of them happy, not all of them sad, just like life.
I thought the book was very fulfilling, it didn't sugarcoat anything that wasn't necessary, and unlike some other readers, I didn't mind that there were characters who acted outside of social norms.
I'm not going to pretend that these people don't exist, I'm not going to pretend that all of their lives end in police shoot-outs and tragedy, and I'm certainly not going to give a book a horrible review just because they portrayed characters smoking weed, like others.
I like to pride myself on being realistic and not having ridiculous expectations. So yes, I really liked the book. It was well-written and extremely interesting. It's funny to me that someone in a review compared this to Twilight, and it just really shows the arrogance of our generation when someone has to compare every book they read to Twilight, when they probably don't even really know what makes Twilight bad and just parrot things they've heard off of message boards.
This is the farthest thing from Twilight you can get. This is realistic, and the prose is wonderful, not purple like S. Meyers--you're lying to yourself if you're comparing anything about them. View 2 comments. Apr 08, Lenore rated it liked it Shelves: The Vast Fields of Ordinary.
Because there wasn't anything really extraordinary about this book. Someone should probably rewrite the blurb. I kept expecting "tragedy to shutter the dreamy curtain of summer," but unless you count the last chapter—that textbook example of telling instead of showing—tragedy was resoundingly absent from this book. I didn't like Dade. He was a boring, unexceptional, detached, and at times even mean rich kid with rich kids' problems. He'd just finished school and he was about to go to college and, practically, all he did was doze the summer away sprawled out on a chaise by the pool of his house pretending he cared about his parents' impending divorce.
In those pool scenes he kind of reminded me of Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate. Also, Dade should be dubbed the Gladstone Gander of Midwestern suburbia.
The moment he needed a BFF, Lucy who also happened to be a lesbian, how convenient magically moved to his neighbourhood. The moment he needed a real boyfriend, Alex Kincaid appeared as if out of thin air.
Bonus features: The moment he needed time and space to explore his newly minted relationship with Alex, his parents decided to go to Europe for two weeks to try and save their marriage. I know, right? Gladstone Dade.
Then you had that little missing girl. Who I suppose symbolised Dade's life? I won't go there. It wasn't very well done.
Still, I won't say this book was an entire waste of time. I'd say, if you approach this without any great expectations, you might even like it. View all 39 comments. I also hated the ending but after I got into the story, I didn't really want to stop reading it. I loved the characters. Well most of them. Dade is funny in a sarcastic, somewhat mellow, what-do-I-do-now type of way and I liked that. Lucy, Dade's lesbian friend, brought Dade out of his shell and made him into a funny, likable person.
Alex was 3. Alex was my favorite, though. He's the typical bad boy, I guess you could call him. He finished high school but never went to college, he works at a crappy restaurant and he sells weed to stuck-up preppy kids. But, he likes Dade and helps Dade come to terms with being gay and is ultimately Dade's first love and Alex loves him right back. It's kinda sweet. I think my main problem with this book is the ending. At least not one romantically linked.
In fact, the main couple don't end up together at all. After that scene I mentioned earlier, Dade breaks it off with Alex and then leaves Cedarville for college and doesn't see Alex again after that. There's not even any indication Dade will ever return to Cedarville or to Alex.
There were some parts of the book which were just there that didn't add to the story at all and just made me do a 'WTF? Other than that, the book was good. Nothing really happens but it still holds your attention. I heard there was going to be a sequel one day and I honestly hope the sequel is about Alex and Dade reconnecting after Dade is out of college, or even during college, because if it's about Dade and someone else I'm not sure if I'll read it because I really liked Alex and I think they should end up together.
Lol Overall, this was a well-written, good YA novel.
Jul 28, Doug Beatty rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book was tremendous. The characters are so life like and it really makes clear the angst of being a teenager. The story centers around Dade Hamilton who is secretly having sex with Pablo, one of the stars of the high school football team.
Pablo also has a girlfriend and does not recognize any relationship with Dade other than that of clandestine sex partner, and Dade begins to question whether that is what he really wants.
Dade is also having problems with his parents, his mother is driftin This book was tremendous. Dade is also having problems with his parents, his mother is drifting away to a world of pills and booze, and his father seems to have found a girlfriend he met at a poetry class. Dade's saving grace comes in the form of Lucy, a lesbian from California who comes to Iowa to live because her parents think the city is changing her for the worse.
At a party, Dade meets Alex who drops by to sell pot. Alex is handsome and charming, and Dade discovers that he works at the Taco Taco and stops by to say hello. This begins a summer of love for Dade, but Pablo is still waiting in the wings. Is he willing to let Dade go for good? Nick Burd creates memorable characters and places them in a world where there are no easy answers. Added to this is a mystery of a young autistic girl who has gone missing from her home.
Dade is someone you grow to care about deeply over the course of the novel and Burd's talent for writing is evident. This would be a wonderful novel to give to older teens who are struggling to find their own identity. View 1 comment. Jul 06, Kassa rated it really liked it. Vast Fields of Ordinary stands out in the dense genre of young adult fiction. It puts teenage behavior on display with all the rebellion, antisocial yearning mixed with tentative forays into drug and alcohol use.
I can easil Vast Fields of Ordinary stands out in the dense genre of young adult fiction.
I can easily see why this book was nominated for YA genre in the recent Lambda Literary awards. The story follows the main protagonist Dade as he struggles through the summer after high school and before college. This is a time of learning and growth for Dade in many ways, both positive and destructive. Breaking away from the cycle of cruel behavior and late night hookups is not easy for Dade and only the appearance of a new friend in crazy, outrageous Lucy and new crush Alex propel Dade in new directions.
This is of course at the heart a classic coming of age story, one that has been told countless times. The repetition of the theme somehow never manages to dilute its continued importance and relevance.
There have always been teenagers coming out to themselves, friends, and family and searching for acceptance and recognition. Here Dade is in many ways a typical quiet teenager. Dade accepts for years a pseudo friendship with Pablo. Pablo dates a popular, bullying girl but messes around with Dade on the side, treating Dade like a disposable, convenient release. Dade may not always be a likable character with his actions and thoughts.
He vacillates between his emotions and acts out against his parents. He uses his upcoming College freedom to rebel, drinking and doing drugs without fear of repercussions. His parents, who do truly love him but are wrapped up in their own drama shows the complexity of teenagers and parents at that cusp.
None of the characters are saints and often they act in selfish, predictable ways but they are likely to resonate with readers. The writing is compelling and technically great. The prose is crisp, clean, and nicely detailed without ever slowing the pace or boring the reader. The pace is quite even and the pages fly by quickly as the action moves from one scene to the next.
The typical, recognizable party atmosphere of newly graduated high school students stands out with its cruelty and desperation. He sleeps again, and wakes to find Pablo in his room. Pablo breaks down and cries, but refuses to talk about his feelings with Dade.
A terrible accident brings the novel to a sudden close and forces Dade to end his wonderful summer. A subplot in the novel involves the disappearance of nine-year-old Jenny Moore.
The girl's disappearance creates tension for Peggy, Dade, Alex, and others. At times, the characters' concern for Jenny allows them to voice their own inner feelings to themselves and to others. The novel depicts homosexual encounters one review called these descriptions PG , marijuana smoking, underage consumption of alcohol, and hangovers.
The novel was widely reviewed, and received many positive comments. The New York Times found the novel "fascinating and dreamy Burd is a terrific writer with a special gift for creating teenage characters who are vital, plausible, and always engaging even when they're being mean and menacing. His take on the complications in Dade's life is sophisticated and thoughtful, especially on the ambiguities of that 'relationship' with Pablo, while his limning of the growing friendship with Alex is deeply satisfying, never striking a discordant emotional note.
Some reviews of the book were critical however. Booklist, while generally praising the novel, also criticized the work for being a "traditional coming-out-while-coming-of-age story," and found the missing-girl subplot unsatisfying. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article's plot summary may be too long or excessively detailed. Please help improve it by removing unnecessary details and making it more concise. November Learn how and when to remove this template message.
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