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