Title: Love Hurts
Authors: Malorie Blackman, Maureen Johnson, Catherine Johnson, Phillip Pullman, James Dawson, Jenny Downham, Patrick Ness, E. Lockhart, Lauren Myracle, Laura Dockrill,Gayle Forman, Markus Zusak, Susie Day, David Levithan, and Lauren Kate
On the Shelves: Young Adult Fiction> Anthologies/Romance
Publication Date: 29th January 2015
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 (Goodreads 2015)
I would like to thank the many authors involved in this book, the publishers at Random House Children’s Publishers UK for allowing me early access to this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I wanted to read more Malorie Blackman since I’ve read and enjoyed the first two books of the Noughts and Crosses series, so when this popped up on Netgalley under her name, I was instantly drawn to it. Nice fluffy YA stories? Check! Oh look! Patrick Ness? Phillip Pullman? Markus Zusak?! Where do I sign up!?
Except…it wasn’t quite what I thought it would be, which led to the major let down of this anthology. This book is comprised of love scenes (love here being of romantic, familial, friendship, self-acceptance…) from various young adult books, which have prior been published to this. So in a way, there is nothing “new” here. Which meant I had already read over half of the book. It just seemed like such a shame to me, and it didn’t help me to be drawn into the book as much as I would have liked because I already knew what would happen in those stories. Of the ones I hadn’t read before, I must say, I wasn’t very impressed with a lot of them. So I just need to throw that little disclaimer out there- if this had been all new stories, it would have gotten three stars from me, but because of this, it got knocked down to two.
Love Hurts is an anthology of short stories by popular young adult authors, exploring the trials and tribulations of the various kinds of love. From romantic, to familial- to hella familial (trigger warning: there is an incest story, ugh). It would be a nice read around valentine’s day and anyone who collects the authors involved should definitely add it to their collection- unfortunately, generally speaking, I wasn’t very impressed with this one myself.
Love Hurts is published 29th January 2015