Forgive me for not writing more reviews this week, but I hit a slew of bad luck in the reading department. First, I had several books I wanted to read, but were not available to me at my library. Many were already checked out and I’m on hold for a big slew of them. Damn you, good books, for being so popular!
Many were not available as ebooks. Some were only available online as audio books. MNy were only available in crazy paper format. There are some really awesome books I’ll have to either buy or go to the library and check out if I want to read them.
Then I hit many books that were probably good, but not the sort I was at all into. The first was a spooky horror type book that took place in a boarding school. I should have known better. The second book was about a fictional famous musician. I couldn’t relate to him at all. The third was told in the present tense, and from the point of view of a ghost that was the collective of every gay man who died of AIDS related illnesses. Quite noble, but it was very hard for me to get into a narrative from that massive perspective.
Finally, I found a book that tickles my fancy. It’s a collection of short stories across the spectrum written by teens and young adults. The first story hooked me, and I’m finally back into reading again.
Overall, the stories were all very well written. Jelson, the first, was my favorite. I’m glad I read most of them so I could get a good description of characters and setting stuck in my head.
I think the editors and I have a different idea of what constitutes as “youth.” I was expecting to read books written by writers in their teens and early 20s. This seemed to be a book written by adults about characters in their teens or early 20s. It reminds me of when I was a kid, and someone gave me a book of short stories written by “youth” called “35 under 35.” All of the stories were written by artists just barely under 35. At 12 years old, 35 did not qualify as a young writer in my book. And this book rarely made me feel as if I were reading YA. It really takes more than a teen protagonist to meet the mark.
Maybe I underestimate age appropriate YA readers, but I wouldn’t think the stories of adults reminiscing old flames or musing over unrealistic crushes would be very interesting to most people under 25. They didn’t grab my attention, to be honest. I also wasn’t quite into the stories of failed young love seen from they eyes of someone with a wiser and older perspective.
I didn’t want to read about boring adults in boring practical mature relationships, while they dreamed about the impractical ones. I wanted to read about people jumping into impossible, impractical love.
I’m not linking all over the place with this one, because it didn’t really resonate with me as a fun read. As well written as it was, it wasn’t something I’d like someone to give me as a must-read. It got excellent reviews on Goodreads, so I think I’ll chalk it up to personal taste. Maybe you’ll love it. I was… ok.. with it.