I spotted this sweet little polka-dotted book at the used bookstore the other day.I noted the title, the editor (she wrote my beloved books Sloppy Firsts and Second Helpings), and the copy included the words "hilarious and poignant".What a lie.If this book were more honest it would be "Well-written stories that will make you sad for the rest of the night and you'll lie on your bed and weep and despair through several of them."
Some of the stories, including Sarah Dessen's and Megan McCafferty's are actually quite good (and helped pulled the average of this book up from a 2).They ring reminiscent of my sixteenth year when everything was overly melodramatic and you spent a great deal of time thinking about driving, sex, school, and friendships.Others, like Sonya Sones's free verse story and Hidier's story of an Indian girl who falls in love with her best friend are interesting and contain both sad and happy elements.They ring true to life for people in difficult or odd situations while containing an element of hope or love.And, frankly, Sarah Mlynowski's "The Perfect Kiss" made me cheer for the heroine.
But, you'll notice I just listed fix stories I liked out of sixteen.The other eleven just made me want to curl up and give up.Woodson's story "Nebraska 99", in particular, left me feeling hopeless and out of sorts and miserable.This does speak to the power of the writing, but it doesn't particularly leave me wanting more.
Again, I can't give this book too low a score.It contains many well-written stories.It contains several stories that I loved.It dealt very well with a range of teens by including different characters of different ethnicity, genders, and sexuality.But, and this is a big but, I just couldn't enjoy the book.It was like kale.I know I'm supposed to like kale because it is some kind of super food that is good for me and I admire it in principle, but I hate to actually eat it.I know this book is good, but I hate to read it.
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