Hey Ho Bookaholics!
It is Monday and I am back again with my weekly reviews!
I stopped posting my Monday reviews for a while, as I have – according to my Goodreads count – read 14 out of my goal of 25 books. This is a very sad count, but this year has been insanely social and I truly hope that next year will be a better year.
Nevertheless; lets get into the review!!!!
The YA event of the year. Bestsellers. Award-winners. Superstars. This anthology has them all. With brilliantly entertaining short stories from beloved young adult authors Amie Kaufman, Melissa Keil, Will Kostakis, Ellie Marney, Jaclyn Moriarty, Michael Pryor, Alice Pung, Gabrielle Tozer, Lili Wilkinson and Danielle Binks, this all-new collection will show the world exactly how much there is to love about Aussie YA.
Expectations: I went into this book with the highest expectation of the stories written by Amie Kaufman and Lili Wilkinson, as they were the only authors in the anthology names I’d recognised and loved the writing of.
Reality: The anthology opened with my favourite Aussie author, Amie Kaufman’s story; One Small Step. You see I knew it was going to be good, but it was so much better than good. It was exceptional, suspenseful, and a whole story is literally 20 pages.
It took me almost 4 stories until I actually realised the common theme of each short story is that they have a beginning, usually a happy one, which then leads into what could turn into a world-shattering ending, but then the story revives into a sort of beginning rising from the ashes.
Let’s begin with Amie Kaufman’s story. I went into this one with exceptionally high hopes and as I said earlier, was not dissapointed, however I felt that it was so good and suspenseful that as the first story, the other lesser known Aussie authors had to in a sense live up to this first story in order to be remembered.
Like Wilkinson’s story is one I wanted to read out of intrigue. You see I was a massive fan of her children’s books at a young age, and the thing about me is that when everyone else was reading Harry Potter and Lemony Snicker books in primary school, I was the kid who picked up Geronimo Stilton and Judy Moody for the creativity and relatability to my age group as well as the want to stay young forever.
The stories in this anthology were a range of funny, sad, and serious, which gives the reader the full range of emotions a novel may give, but also allows us to see the range of stories and writing ability of Aussie authors.
I give this book the highest five star ★★★★★ rating as I am in love with the little stories. The way each story concluded just summed everything up and left me thinking that there is more to the story but not craving the rest of the story like some sort story make me do.
I hope you all liked the review. I’m keeping it short No sweet and I am glad to be back into reviewing books again.
Stay Happy, Healthy, and have a Lovely Week!!
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