Partly Cloudy: Poems of Love and Longing

Partly Cloudy: Poems of Love and Longing

by Gary Soto

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A poignant, humorous collection by acclaimed poet Gary Soto

The fleeting emotions of teenagers, as changeable as the weather, ring true in these emotionally resonant poems. Told from the point of view of both boys and girls, narrators of various ethnicities fall in love for the first time, pine over crushes, and brood over broken hearts. Tender, lighthearted, and surprising, this collection will capture teens, tweens, and anyone who remembers what it’s like to be a young person in love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544002890
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 03/29/2012
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 112
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Gary Soto's first book for young readers, Baseball in April and Other Stories, won the California Library Association's Beatty Award and was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. He has since published many novels, short stories, plays, and poetry collections for adults and young people. He lives in Berkeley, California. Visit his website at

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"Young teens will enjoy the 'love sick' puns and the metaphors, lyrical and sad, that show that there is poetry in the way that they speak."—Booklist   "The free-verse poems all somehow ring true: appropriately corny, rich with image, accessible and believable . . . the simple, open design encourages browsing, and readers flipping through are bound to find the right words when they need them."—Horn Book   "Since many of the narrators are 13 or 14 years old, these short, accessible poems will appeal to middle schoolers, especially. A great addition to poetry collections."—School Library Journal


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Partly Cloudy: Poems of Love and Longing 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved this poetry book .It caught my attention as soon as i started to read the first poem.!It really explains what teens go through or how teens feel often...i really do reccomend this book to everyone out there.
JaneBanks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Partly Cloudy: Poems of Love and Longing, by Gary Soto, is a small book of poetry written through the voices of young girls and boys as they make their first steps towards young love. The poems are all very cute: anticipating first kisses, holding hands, lying in the grass. They are also sometimes sad: days without that special someone, break-ups, unrequited love. Basically every poem is relatively simple and is written in the first person point of view, either from a girl¿s perspective or a boy¿s perspective. To me, it didn¿t seem like the poems showed enough variety, often times seeming to be written all by the same character or person (which they were all technically written by one author, but still). It still is a rather cute collection, and would probably appeal to all those young teens or tweens wrapped up in their own romantic moments.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She padded in and sat down on her moss bed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its my den! Have some candy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ugh... if you get the sample you dont get to read any poems. I bet its good
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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