I RECEIVED THIS BOOK FOR FREE VIA. NETGALLEY, HOWEVER THAT DOES NOT CHANGE MY OPINION IN ANY WAY
TITLE: Love Hurts
AUTHOR: Various authors- edited by Malorie Blackman
RELEASE DATE: TODAY! (Jan. 29th)
Malorie Blackman brings together the best teen writers of today in a stunningly romantic collection about love against the odds. Featuring short stories and extracts about modern star-crossed lovers from stars such as Gayle Forman, Markus Zusak and Patrick Ness, and with a brand-new story from Malorie Blackman herself, Love Hurts looks at every kind of relationship, from first kiss to final heartbreak.
There's one thing you have to know about this book; there's not really a lot of original content. A lot of it's extracts from novels that have already been published and short stories that have already been published in other collections, there's only a few new short stories. That's not necessarily a bad thing, it's just something you definitely need to keep in mind if you're thinking of buying it.
I've got to admit, I kind of skipped over a lot of the extracts. Either because I'd already read the book, or I just decided I wasn't interested. Does anyone else kind of hate reading scenes out of context? I didn't like that there were so many extracts, but if you're somebody who's interested in reading bits of books to try out the writing style and decide if you want to buy them I think this book would give you loads of options.
The original short stories that were included in this book were all really great. They were all unique and interesting and I was introduced to some writers whose styles I really enjoyed. My favorites were Malorie Blackman's story at the start, the one about the Sherlock fangirls (can't remember what it's called but, yes, there are a lot of Sherlock references and it's awesome.), gentlewoman by Laura Dockrill and the unicorn by James Dawson. All of which managed to give me major feels. Ah!
One thing I really loved about this book was how diverse it was. The girl in Malorie Blackman's story was blind. The protagonist of Gentlewoman was transgender. The lsit goes on. There were a multitude of different characters with different problems, and all of these important issues were handled in a realistic and insightful way. It was really great to see so much diverse representation, especially in a YA book!
Overall I really enjoyed reading this book, although I wish there had been more original content. The original stories included were all powerful and well written, it's just a shame there weren't more of them.