Friday, 26 February 2010

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do by Various Authors

Publisher: Graphia
Pub.Date: May 5th 2008
Age Range: 12 and up
Pages: 240
Format: paperback
Source Of Copy: from publisher - Graphia

Niki Burnham, Terri Clark, Ellen Hopkins, and Lynda Sandoval give us four tales about the end of first love. How does anyone survive? Read on and find out. Each story showcases the writer’s signature style: Niki Burnham keeps it smart and sassy; Terri Clark brings a touch of fantasy; Ellen Hopkins tells her story in verse; and no one does funny like Lynda Sandoval. For teens looking for something to get them through the pain, this is just the prescription!

Different stories, one subject: Break Up. Either one or all will reach out to your heart, specifically those who have experienced such bad falls of relationships. With four different main characters and four style of writing, this book will make sure you enjoy at least one fortunate and heartbreaking story.

Last Stand by Nikki Burnham - a quite different take on the sex issue. The story starts quite good but fails to impress at the end in my opinion. The perfect ending seems to spoil all the emotions built up throughout the story. Moreover, the main character is quite flat at some points I cannot come to like him like I wish to.

Don't Mind Me by Terri Clark- the interesting touch of fantasy is great although it's a bit typical. What I love about this story is that the depressing mood is nowhere to be found. The lead female, Dee, is also fun, especially with her revenge. My only complain? A too happy ending again.

Just Plain Lisa by Ellen Hopkins - this is my favorite story of the bunch. It's written in verse with a unique voice. The plot is well planned and the character development is great. The message is more than just getting over a usual breakup but also about loving yourself no matter what. You can't help but like Lisa.

Party Foul - a GLBG story with an additional message of not afraid to tell the world the truth about you. Mia is a cute character and others appear nice as well. There is also a happy ending for all, which, out of the three happy ones we have here, I can tolerate the most.

Rating: 3/5


prophecygirl said...

There's an Ellen Hopkins story?! Okay, I HAVE to buy this. Thanks Thao!

Diana Dang said...

I generally don't read books with more than one story in them but great review!

Anonymous said...

Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

I forgot all about this book! I remember the first one grabbed me, but then went downhill. I don't really remember much about the other stories though.