The Man Who Ate the 747

The Man Who Ate the 747

Book - 2000
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A delightful novel about the crazy things we do for love, "The Man Who Ate the 747" is destined to become an audio-fan favorite. Available simultaneously with the Delacorte hardcover, "The Man Who Ate the 747" will be available abridged on cassette and CD. Newsletter coop will be available and we will tie-in to all hardcover marketing efforts.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Bantam Books, c2000.
ISBN: 9780385335331
Characteristics: 260 p.


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DBRL_KrisA Jul 30, 2017

I started this, then set it aside for another book that was due at the library. I'm glad I came back to it.
The beginning few chapters are kind of slow going; I didn't really care so much about J.J. and Willa, the main characters, as much as I liked the supporting cast - Wally, and Rose, and Dale the science teacher, even Otto Hornbussel, retired circus clown and town drunk.
I could relate to Wally, who had waited for hours for his classmates to show up to his 10th birthday, crying in his momma's lap when it hits him that no one is going come. So when Willa shows up (late - she had to help her dad deliver the papers), of course he's gonna make her this big romantic figure, and spend his life pining for her.
I started relating to J.J. when he talked about being "just another Mr. Smith from Ohio," not understanding why any girl (including/especially Willa) would have any interest in him. And I began rooting for them soon after.
The final chapters of the book are sweet, tender reminders of what love truly is all about. Not a bunch of chemical reactions, meant to attract a suitable mate for the continuation of the species, but that feeling, deep in the pit of your stomach, that this is the person you want to spend every minute of the rest of your life with.

Aug 26, 2015

Aug 2015......picked this one for the "a book with a number in the title" category of the Chinook Arch summer reading challenge. After reading it, I needed to stick it in the "love story" category. One of the nicest love stories I have every read. (Love stories are not my usual choice for reading material, movies yes, but not books!) Left me with a happy heart!

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