Losing It

Losing It

Book - 2013
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An anthology of ten stories about teens losing their virginity.
Publisher: Minneapolis :, Carolrhoda Lab,, 2013.
Edition: First American edition.
ISBN: 9781467720410
Characteristics: 194 pages ; 20 cm


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JCLChrisK Apr 03, 2014

As with most story collections with multiple authors, some of the stories connected with me better than others. None were weak, just some didn't particularly move me, whether because the tale felt too standard and straightforward or it had too many stereotypes and cliches or due to the author's voice or whatever. Others, though, I felt were quite excellent. All in all, it was a good mix, with it's strength being the surprising variety of approaches to the topic--which, since I haven't mentioned it yet, is that of losing one's virginity.
My brief thoughts about them:
Keith Gray's "Scoring" - It made me laugh. Not too deep or insightful, but it was fun.
A.S. King's "Sticky Fingers" - Was so powerfully bitter and regretful that it came across a bit too preachy.
Jenny Valentine's "The Age of Consent" - I wasn't immediately drawn in and wasn't sure at first where it was going, but I love where it ended up. Point made, and entertainingly, originally, and surprisingly so.
Melvin Burgess's "Chat-Up Lines" - Actually seemed a bit too brief and would have benefited from being longer and more fleshed out for better character development and believability, but a very good story arc.
Patrick Ness's "Different for Boys" - At first I worried the self-censorship would be too gimmicky, but it worked and this was the strongest, most moving story of the bunch.
Mary Hooper's "Charlotte" - Meh. An old, familiar story that has lost its power through too many tellings.
Sophie McKenzie's "The Way It Is" - Seemed a bit shallow and preachy. The characters were too flat and simplistic.
Bali Rai's "The White Towel" - An important story, but, as with Hooper's, one that isn't as powerful if it's been read/heard/seen before.
Andrew Smith's "Green Screen" - Surprisingly, given the author, the most straightforward take on the topic. Probably the only one in the collection that could be called "sexy."
Anne Fine's "Finding It" - A story for adults, not teens; and it doesn't even seem to have an accurate understanding of teens, at that.


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