Two Across

Two Across

Jeff Bartsch / Jul 21, 2019

Two Across Highly awkward teenager Stanley Owens meets his match in beautiful brainy Vera Baxter when they tie for first place in the annual National Spelling Bee and the two form a bond that will change both o

  • Title: Two Across
  • Author: Jeff Bartsch
  • ISBN: 9781455554621
  • Page: 499
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Highly awkward teenager Stanley Owens meets his match in beautiful, brainy Vera Baxter when they tie for first place in the annual National Spelling Bee and the two form a bond that will change both of their lives Though their mothers have big plans for them Stanley will become a senator, Vera a mathematics professor neither wants to follow these pre determined paths SoHighly awkward teenager Stanley Owens meets his match in beautiful, brainy Vera Baxter when they tie for first place in the annual National Spelling Bee and the two form a bond that will change both of their lives Though their mothers have big plans for them Stanley will become a senator, Vera a mathematics professor neither wants to follow these pre determined paths So Stanley hatches a scheme to marry Vera in a sham wedding for the cash gifts, hoping they will enable him to pursue his one true love crossword puzzle construction In enlisting Vera to marry him, though, he neglects one variable she s secretly in love with him, which makes their counterfeit ceremony an exercise in misery for her Realizing the truth only after she s moved away and cut him out of her life, Stanley tries to atone for his mistakes and win her back But he s unable to find her, until one day he comes across a puzzle whose clues make him think it could only have been created by Vera Intrigued, he plays along, communicating back to her via his own gridded clues But will they connect again before it s all too late

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    1. This was a cute and clever story about two childhood spelling bee champs and their unusual relationship.Stanley Owens and Vera Baxter tied for first place in a national spelling bee in 1960. They stayed in touch as teenagers, and shortly before they were supposed to leave for college, Stanley proposed. But there was a catch. Stanley wanted to fake the wedding, thinking it would be a chance to escape his sheltered life. Vera, however, wished the wedding could be real. It's a nice twist on the tra [...]

    2. 2 star rating described as OKAY. That about sums it up for me. It felt really dry. I developed no connection with either character. It lacked some depth with the inner dialogue as well. I dunno, I just didn't feel engaged with the read.So yeah, it was "okay" Will I be reading more from this author? Probably not :(*Side note. I love the new cover verses the old (New cover not pictured on )

    3. “I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.” ----Oscar WildeJeff Bartsch, an American author, has penned a heart-warming tale of two intelligent minds who not only ruled the National Spell Bee together, but also ruled a con together, in his debut book, Two Across, unfolding the journey of two teenagers to their adulthood. This is a love story between two smart individuals but layered with academic, politics, lies, scam and career and lots of crossword [...]

    4. This book had so much potential. The characters were fun and setting it in the 1960's was a neat idea. My problem was, as much as Vera and Stanley are great together, I never really connected with them. It was like someone was telling me this story after the fact. The emotions were muted. (view spoiler)[When Vera leaves the second time, (hide spoiler)] I didn't care because I had trouble sympathizing with her. It just felt repetitive. And the endingWTF?!?! I know happy endings don't happen all t [...]

    5. DNF @ Chapter 8, page 150Crossword puzzles, spelling bees, intelligent kids. I was so ready to fall into the spell of a quirky love story. But it dragged and never got anywhere. I thought it was just me since I seem to be going through a reading slump. I tried to stick with it but after a while, I'd read about four pages or so and was asleep before I even realized it. I think this is the type of book that would probably play out better as a movie.2 stars because it was a good concept and I was r [...]

    6. This book is a little slow at times but oh my God it’s so beautifully written. It felt like the novelization of an epic, romantic poem! The story is gorgeous and although the characters are extremely flawed, their flaws are slowly reconciled as the plot progresses. That ending was perfect as well, although a little rushed for my taste. Also, “e replied, with a smile that illuminated the rest of his life.” has to be one of my favorite lines in any of the books I’ve read this year!!

    7. I am a huge fan of crossword puzzles and spelling bees, so the synopsis made me really excited for this book. It's easiest to compare this to One Day, probably. We keep checking in with Stanley and Vera throughout their lives, but it kept feeling like I was missing major chunks of the story. (Also, Vera and Stanley both had a tendency to annoy me---Vera tends to run at any sign of conflict and Stanley is completely clueless.) Even so, this was an interesting book and I was rooting for Vera and S [...]

    8. I am a lover of words and enjoy reading, writing, working crossword puzzles and playing word games online. I even bought three copies of this book before Christmas, two for relatives who are also word lovers and a copy for myself. In the early parts of the book, it was hard to feel much sympathy towards Stanley and Vera. Both are super smart, neither one has a father on site, and at age eighteen they don’t have much emotional maturity. Stanley is way too sheltered by his mom who wants him to [...]

    9. *I received digital ARC of this book from Netgalley*Review also posted on Let’s Say It’s A Blog.Reading the blurb of this book, I was intrigued by the uncommon choice of main characters of the book. And to think that this book is written by male author, it actually makes me think that something about this book might differ itself from other NA books. I read a lot of NA these past two years and Two Across comes out nothing alike every NA I’ve read before. In fact, I think it’s more like l [...]

    10. Stanley and Vera are two kids in 1960 who participate in national spelling contests. They each read and enjoy words, but the contest itself doesn't please them. They do it to please their parents; that's when they meet at a final. Later, Stanley has the not very bright idea of pretending to apply to colleges while actually designing crossword puzzles and sending them to papers. He lives with his mother in a Washington hotel and I really can't see why he thinks his agoraphobic mum would not read [...]

    11. Good idea; lacking in execution. I was drawn in by the synopsis: girl and boy meet in the National Spelling Bee, hilarity ensues, they have a falling out, they reunite by sending each other clues in crossword puzzles. With a description like that, I expected morewell, quirkiness, but the book was repetitive, and a scenario that seemed tailor-made for comedy just wasn't funny. It wasn't really *bad* -- it compelled me enough to keep going, and I read it in a single day -- but it is a story that I [...]

    12. I read this book in one sitting. It is amazing. I absolutely fell head over heels for Stanley and Vera. Their love stands the test of time. They may have started out their relationship in an unconventional way with a fake marriage but you can't deny true love, especially love that can only be found within the rows and columns of a crossword puzzle. I have always been a word search fan. I used to have contests with my friends and sister on who could complete their puzzle the fastest. I always won [...]

    13. Meh. This was an OK story with an interesting setting and premise. It was really hard to like Vera and Stanley. I never felt like I was able to connect with the characters. This read like a synopsis of something that happened a long time ago as told by an emotionally distant narrator. Everything is told, but never shown, and there are no real emotions portrayed here, just words about things the characters feel or have felt in the past. These characters felt like paper doll characters, and never [...]

    14. I felt like I was mislead by the synopsis of the book. I was looking for a romantic, light read which I thought I found when I read the synopsis but what I got was a repetitive storyline, boring characters who were lacking in development for me to be emotional involve or care about their predicament. Even though the book started well and I was hoping it would get better after 200 pages (Note I usually drop a book after 100 pages if it's not good.) when it didn't turn around I drop the book witho [...]

    15. At times, it was difficult to sympathise with the two main characters, but I felt it was very enjoyably written. How can you not love haphazard similes like "a wayward apostrophe lodged between two letters like a poppy seed in the teeth"?

    16. I just spent a whole week in bed with a crazy vertigo and could only read if I propped a book up in exactly the right position and kept sending my husband back to the library to bring me back my holds so reading was the only thing I did - normally a great situation - but the vertigo caused a horrible nausea and the only book in that ocean of books that truly stood out was this one. I had placed a hold on it because of the connection the author made with crossword puzzles and thought it would be [...]

    17. openbooksociety/article/twTwo AcrossBy Jeff BartschISBN: 9781455554621jeff-bartsch/Brought to you by OBS reviewer UnaSynopsis: TWO ACROSS is a funny and poignant debut novel about trust, forgiveness, and the wisdom of listening to your heart.Stanley and Vera, academically precocious but awkward teenagers, form a bond when they tie for first place in the National Spelling Bee. Though their mothers have big plans for them-Stanley will become a senator, Vera a mathematics professor-neither wants to [...]

    18. **I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review.**This book wasn't quite what I expected. Based on the description, I expected a humorous little romance between two intellectuals, the awkwardness of two people more comfortable in their own minds than relationships between people. I expected the hilarity of a fake wedding to culminate in a real romance.The first surprise was the period. Perhaps through my own mistaken assumption, I anticipated it to be set in th [...]

    19. 3.5 starsTwo brainy teenagers, Stanley and Vera, meet cute as contestants in the national spelling bee. Both are very intelligent with demanding mothers and absent fathers. Stanley lives full-time at a hotel in DC with his mom and Vera usually spends some time at this hotel with her own mother so after the spelling bee, they continue to run into each other from time to time. Stanley doesn't want to go to college and dreams up a scheme for he and Vera to get married and then cashing in the money [...]

    20. Vera and Stanley meet while competing in the 1960 National Spelling Bee. He lives with his agoraphobic mother in a Washington, D.C. hotel; she is taken all over the Northeast by her mother, a traveling IBM employee. Vera is a math prodigy who can’t wait to get to college and tackle complex problems; Stanley rebels against the life his mother has plotted for him and only wants to construct crossword puzzles. Together they concoct a scheme by which he breaks away from his mother’s control, the [...]

    21. My rating: 5 of 5 starsPublisher: Grand Central Publishing (Hachette Group)Release date: August 4th 2015Received from: NetGalleyWhen I read the description of this book, I thought that it would be challenging to read a story about a couple of genius word-nerds who fall in love over spelling bees and crosswords and have a roller-coaster romance framed by vocabulary. I thought it was going to bore the pants off me.Instead, this book hooked me with the first word: Charlatan. The novel is full of th [...]

    22. I picked up this book strictly because of the title and cover, and I read it without scanning the jacket or the reviews. If the title and cover are enough to make you want to read it, then I give it my highest recommendation. If not, I'd say it's a 50-50 shot that you'll enjoy the bookor at least not as much as I did.Early on, I was a little confused trying to figure out exactly what type of book I was reading. It starts out in YA territory but quickly morphs into something else. If I had writt [...]

    23. Stanley and Vera meet at the National Spelling Bee where they tie as the winners. They become sort of friends for a few years and see each other at the Spelling Bee each year. Both of them are very smart but also have very unconventional home situations. Stanley lives with his mother in a hotel. His mom won't leave the hotel and they have lived there every since his dad died in WWII. Vera travels around with her mom and they live in cheap motel while her mom tries to get promoted to traveling sa [...]

    24. 4.5 starsWhen I first picked up Two Across, I really didn't really know what to expect. The synopsis really intrigued me though and I loved the cover, so I could not wait to start reading. Although this story started out slow for me, as I continued reading something amazing happened - I could not put this book down for the life of me. Gosh, this story had so much to like about it and the ending - well it made my heart both sad and happy in the space of just a few pages. Two Across is not only an [...]

    25. This is the first fiction title I've read in a long time that I tried to savour but found myself rushing through because I was enjoying it so much. Stanley and Vera are actual geniuses. Both have interesting living situations; Stanley lives in a small hotel suite with his mother while Vera basically lives out of hotels across the country with her mother, due to the mother's job. Both are extremely secretive people. It begins with the day Stanley and Vera meet - the 1960 national spelling bee but [...]

    26. EnchantedCharmedCaptivatedSpellbound ;)After a dry spell with fiction, this book came along and saturated my thoughts, demanding to be read within 24 hours. Readers looking for realism may get tetchy over the messages and games Vera and Stanley concoct, but this book will delight readers with a yen for clever characters and serious scenarios written with a light (but never precious) touch. Anyone who knows what it's like to be the smartest person in the room will enjoy these characters, and how [...]

    27. A quirky, well-written, smart, fun novel that I now just love. I didn't want it to end and wanted to hug the book too. I would read it again, next week maybe just to experience the fun and joy. Yes, there are a few crossword-y things in it, but it's more about two very intelligent kids, with single mothers, who try very hard to do the best for their kids. The kids are, "two oranges in a world of apples," and want to find their own way in this world. Their definition of success is of course, diff [...]

    28. UNA BUONA IDEA NON BASTAFinalmente un romance che parte da un presupposto diverso, il tema dei cruciverba, mai sentito prima: ero davvero entusiasta all'idea! Ovviamente, non avevo considerato che non basta una buona idea a fare un buon romanzo se poi non la si sviluppa come si deve. Infatti, pur essendo caratterizzato da una trama che si legge volentieri e da personaggi che incuriosiscono tantissimo, "Due verticale" è estremamente ripetitivo, trascinandosi lentamente fino ad un finale inconcep [...]

    29. Never mind my love for spelling and crosswords. This book was very intriguing for me from the start. The storyseemed a bit rushed and there were holes in the plot, but everything came together and the holes fell away as you began to feel for the characters. This would make for a wonderful moviet with A-List actors, but a great indie film with new faces you could really fall in love with. No need for tissues--but there was a lot of giddy giggles of happiness and bunches of "Awww" within the pages [...]

    30. Though the book started out somewhat slow for me, I ended up falling into the storyline about 1/4 through, eager to see what would happen next. Great twist-y plot that I always love in novels. Fantastic character development. Occasional opportunities to be a word nerd throughout the story with crossword references. I thought eveything really fell together well and would recommend this book to others!*note: I received this book for free as part of ' giveaways.

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