The Vast Fields of Ordinary

The Vast Fields of Ordinary

by Nick Burd

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It's Dade's last summer at home, and things are pretty hopeless. He has a crappy job, a "boyfriend" who treats him like dirt, and his parents' marriage is falling apart. So when he meets and falls in love with the mysterious Alex Kincaid, Dade feels like he's finally experiencing true happiness. But when a tragedy shatters the final days of summer, he realizes he must face his future and learn how to move forward from his past.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101050804
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 05/14/2009
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 442,645
File size: 324 KB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Nick Burd attended the University of Iowa and received his MFA from The New School. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. The Vast Fields of Ordinary is his first novel.

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"A fascinating and dreamy first novel." -New York Times

"Bold. Engaging. Heartbreaking." -Ellen Hopkins, New York Times bestselling author of Crank

"A brilliant account of alienation and angst in the heartland." -Quest Magazine

"Nick Burd reaps a bounty from The Vast Fields of Ordinary." -Vanity Fair

"Burd is a terrific writer+he is a new talent to watch." -Booklist, starred review

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The Vast Fields of Ordinary 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 167 reviews.
HexiJosh More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book from beginning to end and just couldn't put it down. I have to open with that because it's all I can really think about. The Vast Fields of Ordinary is a fantastic coming-of-age story told from the point of view of a gay boy fresh out of high school, facing life during the summer before he starts college. Reading this, I saw so much of myself in Dade Hamilton and could identify with the character on so many levels and I think many other readers will agree. You're instantly transported back to that time in your life where nothing makes sense and the road ahead of you is just one massive blur of people and events that ultimately shape your character and allow you to carve your own path in life. This book perfect for both the young who are approaching this amazing time in their lives and those of us who have already grown past it and think back on that time, remembering how surreal it all felt. The story is raw, uncompromising and honest, never saccharine or pandering. It captures youth in a bottle for a new generation. This book deserves a place right alongside The Catcher in the Rye and The Perks of Being a Wallflower on everyones' shelves. If you haven't read it, grab a copy now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel has truly taken the spot as my all-time favorite novel hands down. I read this novel in the span of a day and a half, & I could not put it down, and when I had to I rushed to pick it back up again. I was so drawn into this novel. The characters are so realistic, the plot (simply put) is truly well done. I truly don't know how else to explain this amazing novel, its lefted me speechless!!! Reminds me of the novel Perks of Being A Wallflower, but soo much better. If you havent read this or have doubts, get yourself a copy! You wont regret it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book it was a book that just kept pulling you in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book out of impalse but I was not let down, that's for sure. This was an over all amazing book that I am sure I will continue to read over and over. It dealt with all the complexities of life and all that comes with it. The author had a unique way of drawing you in without being overly bouyant on the physical attributes of people. He really made you focus on the personalities at hand and made you get to know all the characters for who they were not what they were. I would have to say the only thing that I wish was different was the ending. It did seem a bit rushed but yet again that's what life is like. I strongly recommend this, it offers many answers that some don't even know they're asking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great book. Very enjoyable read. Kept me glued to the pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I admired the strength and desire to stay true to his own person. Reminds me of my struggles growing up. Wonderful story and great character development
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book holds the number one spot for the best book I've ever read in my life! :D This book is absolutely beautiful and I loved every bit of it. I am definitely going to enjoy rereading this book over and over again. I LOVE THIS BOOK WITH AN INTENSE BURNING PASSION. And I absolutely fell in love with Dade and Alex. ^.^ They're such beautiful charcters and they are adorable together. ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Burd does a good job playing with the idea that life and all the people and events it encompasses, including ourselves, are all a sort of mystery box with unlimited potential, for better or worse. There are some great moments in this book that make you stop and wonder about the vast fields of potential in your own ordinary life. My only real complaint is that Burd too often abandons these moments in favor of what often becomes a too-witty-by-half dialogue. Still, it's a nice quick read with interesting and unconventional characters that manages to pose some interesting questions without being dense.
thucygaydes More than 1 year ago
When I read this book about a year ago, I fell in love with the coming-of-age story and the lovely characters. It truly is a wonderful story and one that I enjoy rereading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book!!!
alfiebartolome More than 1 year ago
i love the fact that the author did not just dwell on sexual stuff but real emotions a gay teen experiences in reality! two thumbs up!
Kendra Jones More than 1 year ago
Funny, charming, whitty, heatbreaking, and absolutely beautiful. Its a must read.
neekie baniagrr More than 1 year ago
A must read!
Jessica Anderson More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved the characters in this book! The writing style made everything flow so well that it was hard to put the book down. I hope to see more books from this author in the future!
Tre_bo More than 1 year ago
It took me to places ive never been. It made me laugh, cry, and hope for the best in the end. You wont be disappointed with this one.
MingBean More than 1 year ago
The book was realistic. It was all truths to what we do as young adults. It embodied our faults and success. Real relationships, real friendships and things that we all deal with at some point in our lie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this read. Characters are captivating. My only dislike is when there is so much build up and development throughout the book then rush the ending with vague details. So good read but I feel the ending was lackluster and rushed.
ChristianR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dade, recently graduated from high school, is gay and has few friends. He has a purely sexual relationship with a jock who also has a girlfriend and who is clearly conflicted about his sexuality. Dade meets another gay guy and begins a real relationship with him. There's a few side stories that are not necessary to the book, but Dade's feelings ring true.
spartyliblover on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A well written story about growing up and getting ready to leave home. Dade has to work out how to tell those he's grown up with that he's gay, as well as deal with his parents failing marriage. Through friendship and the feelings of first true love Dade works through all the things the last summer at home bring. A great book for teens that are looking for a story about coming out, friendship, or that last summer before leaving home.
callmecayce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The reviews for The Vast Fields of Ordinary compared it to several of my favorite books in the same genre, and it turned out to be just as good as they predicted. Burd does an excellent job of writing on a much more mature level (not unlike Peter Cameron's Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You), as if he knows that the audience he's writing for is much more mature than people give them credit for. I wish more YA authors would take this chance. I felt that it took on all the issues associated with being gay in the midwest and embraced them in such a way that we felt what Dade was going through as much as he did.
MarieCoady on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dade Hamilton is spending his last summer before college at a job he hates and with a 'boyfriend' who won't publicly acknowledge their relationship...because his popular girlfriend might find out....Along comes Alex spirited and challenges all of Dade's 'safe' suburban choices. It's a book about love and truth and tragedy. I liked it.
lisagibson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dade can only think of getting out of his small town and escaping to college. He really has no one in his corner other than Pablo who's periodically abusive to him. I think Pablo cares for Dade, but that scares him at the same time. By the way, that in no way justifies his abuse, but might explain some of it.Then Dade meets Lucy and Alex. Lucy is his sounding board and helps Dade to come to grips with who he is. Dade falls in love with Alex and he shows him what love really feels like. A love free of abuse, where you are valued and not hidden away. Dade's mother abuses pills, his father is pulling away and losing himself in an affair, while Dade has a drinking and drug use problem. Like life, there was joy, passion, wonder, sadness, grief and cruelty. I believe being who you truly are holds deep happiness for most people and for some it's too terrifying. I'm a strong believer in the LGBT adolescents being represented in literature. This is a great read. While the ending does have a certain amount of tragedy, there is hope and hapiness for Dade. The cover is pretty cool really. Due to sexaul content, excessive drinking, and some druge use, I would say 17 and up.
jenniferthomp75 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A sensitive novel. Dade just graduated high school and is about to attend an out-of-state college. Dade is gay and has been in a secret relationship with a football player from school.However, once Dade meets Alex, a sexy, mysterious man, his life starts to change...Dad's journey from closeted to out gay man is touching and honest. However, sometimes I found his thoughts to be too mature for his age-level. I occasionally thought I was reading the thoughts of a 35 year old man, not an 18 year old. Also, the side story regarding the missing autistic girl didn't have enough weight to make it as symbolic as the author would've liked. If there was just a bit more of it, I think this would've been an outstanding novel.That said, I did really enjoy it and would recommend it to teens.
rmostman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very touching coming of age YA novel about a miserable closeted gay boy in suburban America. Dade is in a purely physical relationship with the most popular boy at school, who won't acknowledge his existence in public. It's the summer before Dade leaves for college and he meets two people that will be pivotal in his life. Nothing extremely remarkable or even memorable, but enjoyable.