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Tell ME If the Lovers are Losers [Hardcover]

Cynthia Voigt


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1 Feb 1982
In 1961 at a college for academically gifted women, three roommates who differ substantially from each other are brought together by a common interest in volleyball.

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  • Hardcover: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Library Binding edition (1 Feb 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689309112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689309113
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.6 x 2.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,926,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars  9 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read 29 Feb 2000
By SMN - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Although the beginning was slow, this book was captivating once I got into it. It has so many metaphors for life lessons that it keeps you busy thinking. It did have many typos which I feel could have been prevented. However I do not agree with the other reader who said it's all describing volleyball games, so if you don't like the game, it's not a good book. I'm not a big volleyball person, but I thought the description of their games was great. Furthermore, if all you see in this book is three girls who play volleyball, you didn't read it correctly.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for *older* teens and adults 5 Jun 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I suspect younger ones will be bored silly, or at least that much of the book will go over their heads. This is one of two books that I can remember (the other was Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451) that my parents requested me to wait until I was older to try to read. I'm glad I listened.
I saw the three roommates as the manifestation of Mind (Ann), Body (Niki) and Spirit (Hildy). Although they are so different that it seems that they won't get along, their differences are complementary rather than necessarily antagonistic.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One I always recommend 22 Oct 2010
By muzakologist - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this book in my early 20s and it amazed me, and it continues to do so. I gave copies to all the girls I used to baby-sit for when they reached about 14 or 15.

The introduction tells you that these girls are not contemporary, but from a more innocent time -- during the Kennedy Administration. They are in an all-girls' school, which also allows the focus to be on aspects of growing up female other than boys and dates, although sex is discussed.

Ann, the central character, knows who she is (translating Greek for fun!) but she is very insecure and embarassed about it. Her roommates, Hildy and Niki, are both very secure but very opposite from each other. The thing I like best about the book is that it explores different ways of being a human person, being a woman, having an intellectual life, competing in sports, relating in a group, etc. We follow Ann as she experiences more human variety than ever before and allows herself to choose to change some parts of herself, keep others.

So I love how it models self-discovery, and *thinking* about who are you, and who you might want to be. It's a kind of self-exploration that I have seen very, very rarely in writing for young women.
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Not Your Standard "3 girls go to college" 22 Aug 2014
By Jessie Sackler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The novel is "about" three freshmen roommates at "Stanton" college, named for the remarkable feminist Elizabeth Cady Stanton. They are established as three very different young women by the narrator, a prep school graduate from a happy and supportive suburban family--one might think she would be intolerant or stolid; in fact, she is a reliable narrator, whose deepening understanding of her roommates brings the two other, very different young women into focus for the reader. One of her roommates is from California, sharp and cynical, vibrating with energy, almost entirely focused on sports, not at all sure that she should be at Stanton The third roommate, rather matter-of-fact, very poor (on a full scholarship), devoted to her study of science and math, the only church-goer, plays volley ball. The game brings the three together, the narrator rather reluctantly, the Californian enthusiastically (and competitively--winning is all), and the famer's daughter carefully and precisely, a team player. Most of the plot deals with the volley ball games, but the tone is serious and the foreshadowing turns out to be justified. There is great sorrow coming--and it too teaches the roommates. This is a fine book, like virtually everything by Voigt. It may make you cry--but you'll be glad you've read it, and you'll remember it for a very long time.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It wasnt that great.... 5 Dec 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Tell me if lovers are losers is about three girls that become roommates their freshman year of college at Stanton. The three girls are all very different but are able to bond better than i thought. Niki is brass and vulgar. Ann is secure and sensible. Hildy is self assured and has deep faith. The three girls meet and try to start their normal life as a college student. Volleyball starts up and the three girls decide to try out. Hildy is very smart and expercined in the game. Niki is a very fierce competitor and has an attitude that she has to win.
The ending is the most surpising to me. I would have never thought that they would have ended it like that. I like to volleyball part of the game. I liked the idea of the book, three girls from different cultures come together to become great frends. I didnt like how it was written. The story dragged and has a boring intoduction that made me not want to read the book.
Overall the book was hard to follow and hard to get interested in. I disagree with people that say the book is all about volleyball, it shows that they really didnt read the book.
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