Losing It by Keith Gray et al [Review]

Look at the book cover to the right. (Go on, I’ll wait while you gawp and drool at the names involved!)

Not a bad collection of young adult authors is it? 🙂

Losing It, is an anthology of stories about, well… Losing It… or not losing it in some cases. It’s also about, living with it, talking about it, lying about it, thinking about it…

With subject matter like that, it stands the chance of being accused of sensationalism, and sadly will likely get some from the numptys that will react with out actually reading this excellent book. In fact the actual ‘act’ itself, barely makes an appearance, and with the sheer strength of the writing talent involved that was never going to be the case.

Short story collections are often  hit or miss affairs, but I can honestly say that at the very least I enjoyed all the stories in this one.

Stand-out story for me was Different for Boys by Patrick Ness.** Touching, funny, and at times painful, this is not only a story about having sex for the first time, and finding confidence in your own sexuality, but also manages to brilliantly lampoon the idea of what young adults are allowed to do and what they shouldn’t read about.

And then there’s the utterly painful, White Towel by Bali Rai, that’s painful in the really good sense. Rai will have you shocked, angry and upset on behalf of his characters, no mean feat in only 20 pages or so.

In fact, it’s the brevity of most short stories that I struggle with, that was never the case here, Immediacy has always been one of YAs strengths and I got the feeling that all the authors managed to get the story out the wanted to, and with characters that just work.

Oh, and don’t drink when you read Jenny Valentine’s contribution, paper and liquid don’t mix! 😉

Buy: Losing it by Keith Gray et al from The Book Depository

** Honestly it’s not just because I bought it mainly because he had a story in it, it really is very, very good!

13 thoughts on “Losing It by Keith Gray et al [Review]

    • August 11 at 8:09 pm

      Yay! Hope you love it when you track down a copy!

  • August 11 at 9:38 am

    Yay! So glad you liked it as much as I did. Going to try to somehow get the Ness story into teaching next year – it has to be done.
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    • August 11 at 5:50 pm

      Oh you should definitely get it in there if you can. Not only for the subject matter, but also for the skills he uses to tell it.

    • August 11 at 5:34 pm

      Nooooo! Hope it comes back into stock soon!

  • August 11 at 12:50 am

    Ok…so you will most certainly be getting some Book Depository affiliate money from me, because right after leaving this comment, I’m using that link to buy this one. I just can’t wait any longer. I have to get this one. And like Amanda, I don’t even know any of the other names in this collection! Ok…off to order now 😀
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    • August 11 at 5:38 pm

      I just know you’ll love it! I’m really surprised that few of the authors are known over there. They’re front line authors over here!

  • August 11 at 1:03 am

    This looks like an interesting read. I always find it interesting when so much emotion and so many events can be portrayed in just a few pages.
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    • August 11 at 8:12 pm

      All the stories have managed to do a good job of it in this one. Some more successfully than others obviously. But still a decent selection!

    • August 11 at 5:43 pm


      Really surprised the rest aren’t better known in the US. Especially someone like Burgess who has been successful for years over here.

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