Love Hurts (Review)

Love Hurts (Review)


Title: Love Hurts

Various (although they were chosen by Malorie Blackman)
Publisher:  Corgi Childrens
Published Date:  29th January 2015 (my birthday!)
Rating: 3 stars

*Thank you to the publisher for the review copy*

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Synopsis:  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 – both brand-new and old
favourites – about modern star-crossed lovers from stars such as Gayle Forman,
Markus Zusak, Patrick Ness and Andrew Smith, and with a new story from Malorie
Blackman herself, Love Hurts looks at every kind of relationship, from
first kiss to final heartbreak.

Review: When I
saw that the short stories were chosen by Malorie Blackman, one of my favourite
authors, I knew I had to try this anthology. However, I thought it would be
filled with original stories. The majority of these were excerpts of longer novels,
which was a bit disappointing. People could jolly well go and read the actual
book instead of reading a collection of excerpts. Anyway, I worked my way
through it and there were 23 stories – far too many for me to cover all in one
review. So I have pulled out my top ten to discuss. So, in no particular order:

Humming Through my Fingers by Malorie Blackman: I
have read this original short story of hers somewhere before, probably in one
of her own collections. And it still touched me just as much here. I think the
title was brilliant, for one. It was about a girl who is blind and the way that
she sees life. It was an eye opener to me, and it still intrigues me how
someone who is not blind could write about blindness so well.

The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle: This
one had some lovely descriptions in it, and I loved how the main character
speculated about life. A sweet story and I have added it to my TBR because I would
like to see more.

If I Stay by Gayle Foreman: I know, I still haven’t read this one but I will! I have heard
so much about it and this author, and I ended up enjoying what I read. I loved
how tied in music was to the story, especially as I am a music lover myself.
Loved the style, romance mentioned and also the characters. Can’t wait!

Trouble by Non Pratt: I am SO going to read this
now, and I am glad I stumbled upon it now. It’s a story about teen pregnancy
where someone agrees to pretend to be the father in a way of making a small
redemption for Hannah, the teenager who is pregnant. I can’t wait to see where
this goes. TBR!
You Against Me by Jenny Downham: I think this has
been on my TBR for a while and I am intrigued now. I loved the set-up of the
betrayal and how both of them were using each other.

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman: YES I
LOVE THIS SERIES. When I saw the excerpt included I got so excited you wouldn’t
believe it. Every time I think about the first book my heart breaks a little.
You need to read these books if you haven’t. It puts a different spin on the discrimination
idea where the blacks (crosses) are the ones above the whites (noughts). There
is also a forbidden love in there.

Gentlewoman by Laura Dockrill: Interesting… this
one was about gender change. I have never read about that before and I would
like to try this one to simply see what it is about. It is not a published book
yet, but when it is, you know what will happen ^.^

I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak: After loving
the Book Thief this is definitely one for the TBR. I loved the style it was
written in and approve of the main character a lot. His thinking rhythm is
pretty similar to mind in some cases, picking out random things others might
not notice. Beautiful descriptions.

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma: Hm, this book is
about a brother and sister who fall in love. I have never read a book like this
or with this theme (except y’know, The Mortal Instruments but I am not going to
count that) so I want to read the whole book and see how it is handled there.

We Were Liars by Emily Lockhart: Well, I have
already read and loved this book. The romance isn’t as strongly featured in
this one, but it is more so the idea of friendship. And the ending will blow
you away, so just read it already.

Olivia’s Question: Do you like reading excerpts?

Olivia-Savannah x

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