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Truth & Dare (Mammoth Books) Paperback – 26 May 2011
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"Kirkus", 4/1/11 Very positive. With remarkably few exceptions, the short stories in this collection exemplify the best of the form, drawing readers immediately into the lives of characters who confront the hard truths of alienation, love, trauma and sex.
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The anthology contains the works of Matthue Roth, Sarah Rees Brennan, Michael Lowenthal, Jennifer R. Hubbard, Sherry Shahan, Saundra Mitchell, Heidi R. Kling, Courtney Gillette, Gary Soto, Jennifer Knight, Shelley Stoehr, Jill Wolfson, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Liz Miles, Ellen Wittlinger, Luisa Plaja, Cecil Castellucci, Emma Donoghue, Sara Wilkinson and A.M Holmes. All of the authors listed above have written amazing, intense stories that drew me in and didn't want to end. My favourite stories within this anthology include Jennifer Knights "Abstinence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder" a simple story about a girl who loves a boy who she believes is too good for her. Her deep embarrassment is amusing to read about but is also incredibly relatable to the real life of a teenager. Luisa Plaja's "Cool Cats and Melted Kisses" is another one of my favourites in this anthology. The explanation of supposed abandonment that the protagonist is feeling is exceptionally insightful and a poignant tale of first loves and family.
Stories written for teenagers are usually written for girls about girls. The number of stories in this anthology with a male leading role is a refreshing change to the teen fiction genre. Emma Donaghue's "Team Men" shows the turbulent life teenage boys may lead. Growing up and having opposing views to their parents, this is a moving tale of a boys life. This collection is exceptionally well thought out both by the editor and the individual contributors. I will be looking out for more publications from everyone who has written stories within this anthology.
This anthology covers many different areas within the teen fiction genre, sometimes dealing with subjects that may be hard for teenagers to talk about. It is also an innovative anthology which I hope may inspire many more moving and diverse teenage fiction collections and books. I believe that this is a must-read for older teens of both genders.
Reviewed by Amy for the editor.
'The young Stalkers Handbook' Hilarious, I felt like i have a genuine relationship with the characters! And often found comparisons with them to myself and my friends. A charming read and a light and entertaining look on a typical teenage obsession.
'Lost in Translution' Simply beautiful a explicit take on teenage love. I cannot praise its depth and statement enough, its a real reality check.
'Confessions of Chocolate Brains' I only wish this story was longer as we cannot explore the characters fully and their relationships as fully as in the other stories. In this respect it lacked a certain substance to the story, i became bored with its one tailed approach.
'Iris & Jim' Touching, Haunting and possibly my favourite of the stories for these reasons. I was moved by the story and captivated by the characters and their lives. You cant help but feel emotional reading this story. This story will stand the test of time as one of the most memorable and touching of all the stories.
'The last Will and Testament of Evan Todd' My first impressions were positive of the unique style but however this was worn by the effort it took to read and pay attention to the somewhat needless additional detail.
'Headgear girl' Charming. However, the story took too long to unveil and therefore lost my interest.
'Never have i ever' I enjoyed this story, i felt i had built a genuine relationship with the characters and only wished the story was longer.
'Abstinece makes the heart grow fonder' Is simply every teenagers dream and reality combined, of which seams impossible is achieved in this story. A lovely read.
'Somebodys Daughter' Haunting and emotional, this story stays with you long after you turn the last page. Such interesting individual personalities and stories.
'Scrambeled eggs' Confusing, for someone who isn't familiar with twitter but to any 'typicol ' teenager this would be a very controversial and hard hitting read.
'Rules for Love and Death' Thought provoking and hard hitting, a brilliant story from two characters who i can definitely reflect in my friends.
'Yours truly' Arguably one of my favourite stories for the same reason i like 'Iris & Jim'. This story, is so powerful. Its difficult not to be emotionally effected by this unique and striking read.
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Quick & Dirty: This was full of love, humor, pain, embarrassing moments, and pretty much anything associated with the game truth & dare. I enjoyed most of the stories, but some were a little boring.
Opening Sentence: You know those intriguing warnings you get before the start of a suspect TV show or movie, such as: “This show contains scenes that some viewers may find disturbing” or “This program contains strong language?”
Truth & Dare is filled with short stories written by a handful of authors. The stories cover a range of different topics. Some were really funny and some were filled with disappointment. Growing up can be difficult in life, but it also is a defining part of our life. That is the time where we learn who we want to be, and everything you experience helps to shape you. All the stories being written talk about some of the issues teenagers go through while trying to grow up.
In the first story you learn that not everything is as it appears to you. Sometimes something that seems wonderful and great on the outside is totally different when you start taking away the layers. Another story talks about first love and all the embarrassing moments that come when trying to let someone get to know the real you. In one story a poor girl has to wear headgear to school at the age of 17, and she talks about how it affected her. Another story is about being too shy and not putting yourself out there, and the consequences that can come from it. Another one talks about rejection and that you need to stay true to yourself no matter what others say. There are many other stories and the topics covered were entertaining as well, but these were a few of my favorites.
Overall, I thought that this was a fun easy read. Some of the stories were really entertaining and funny, while others were more serious and heartbreaking. I like that you can sit down for about 10 minutes and finish one of the stories; it is sometimes nice to not have to commit to a big book. While I did really love some of the stories, there were others that I didn’t quite connect as well with. But that is another great thing about an anthology, there is so many different stories that there is bound to be one that you will love. If you are looking for a fun, light read I would recommend picking up Truth & Dare.
As if he could hear my psychic berating, he started suddenly up the steps.
I wasn’t expecting this. I was leaning too far over the railing.
The moment stretched out, as if time itself had slowed to savor my unbelievable humiliation. Endless seconds passed as the tray slid from my hands: there was the moment when its weight was still against the sweaty tips of my fingers but it was already irredeemably lost; the moment when the tray was flipping, its red plastic bright in the fluorescent lights, and the moment when I fully realized what was going to happen and felt my stomach turn in a slow churn of horror.
There was the moment when the boy whose name I didn’t know looked up, just before the tray hit. His eyes were wide and bright blue, narrowing. He saw me.
Than the tray hit in an explosion of food and milkshakes.
FTC Advisory: Running Press Kids/The Perseus Books Group provided me with a copy of Truth & Dare: 20 Tales of Heartbreak and Happiness. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
One thing I didn't really like is that there are some stories that are really graphic. I would recommend this book for 18+. Overall, it's a great book with loads of new authors I have not heard of. I look forward to reading more of the new authors work as they have caught my eye!