Book Reviews of Bleed

Bleed
ISBN-13: 9780786838547
ISBN-10: 078683854X
Publication Date: 9/1/2006
Pages: 240
Reading Level: Young Adult
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 18 ratings
Publisher: Hyperion
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 3
This was a wonderful book!! It is by the same author who wrote the candle serries (Blue is for Nightmares, Red is for rememberance...) Each chapter is from the viewpoint of a different teenager and It is fun to read and find out how all the stories tie in together. In the back of the book it reads that Laurie Faria Stolarz is working on bleed 2 - YAY!!! This is a super quick read! I really enjoyed it.
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Helpful Score: 2
Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for TeensReadToo.com

Who knew that in the course of one day so much could happen, not only to you but to everyone around you. But of course in real life, we only witness what happens to ourselves. Laurie Faria Stolarz takes the lives of ten teenagers who are all connected somehow, and shows how their lives can become so complicated in just one single day.

There's Nicole Bouchard, who is tired of her reputation as being the good girl and wants to change that by acting on feelings that she has had for quite some time. It won't only shock people but can hurt her best friend, Kelly Pickerel, who is in California, not only to visit her father, but her convict friend, Robby Mardonia, the guy she has been writing to. She desperately wants to be with him even though she already has a boyfriend, Sean O'Connell.

Sean, the guy who seems to be second-guessing all the choices he's made and now wants to change them. Then there's Maria Krito, who soon discovers that a best friend may not necessarily be someone who is willing to cut her, even though that's the only way for Sadie Dubinsky to finally become her friend. Sadie, the eleven-year-old who isn't the ideal size or weight or even the girl that her mother wants her to be, and the one that has to be constantly compared to her older, meaner sister, Ginger. Ginger Dubinsky, who has the chance to get back at Kelly for embarrassing her.

There's also Derek LaPointe, who soon finds out that looks can't get him the girl he wants, Mearl Aremian. Her odd nature may not be for Derek, but it can help others figure out their lives. Last but not least there's Joy Ryder, a fifteen-year-old waitress who is sick of all the childish boys that she has to deal with, and will learn a dark secret when she tries to get back at the one boy who made her life miserable.

Ten teens, ten stories full of complications and problems that will leave the reader wondering what happens to the lives around them.

BLEED is a very entertaining read that is much different from the other works of Laurie Faria Stolarz. Its deep messages and risqué language will make the reader feel pain, sorrow, and happiness for the characters, which are all well-developed. Readers will be pulled into every story, even if they don't like the person the story is about. Stolarz does her best to capture the hidden feelings that are felt by the person themselves. As a warning, though, the language used is most definitely not suitable for kids in eighth-grade and below.
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Sorry, didn't like this one. I've read the Blue is for...series, and while it was a bit juvenile in content, there was something compelling about the series that kept me reading. While I did finish Bleed, I don't know why I did. I tried to like it, but all the juvenile content was there without that extra incentive to keep reading. Each chapter is about a different character, but all the stories overlap in some way. All the characters are somewhat flawed, but the flaws don't make every one sympathetic. I found most of the characters hard to like and even failed to appreciate the obvious humor in one chapter. It's too full of teenage drama, backstabbing and angst for anyone who appreciates the YA genre for the quality of the story.
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Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for TeensReadToo.com

Who knew that in the course of one day so much could happen, not only to you but to everyone around you. But of course in real life, we only witness what happens to ourselves. Laurie Faria Stolarz takes the lives of ten teenagers who are all connected somehow, and shows how their lives can become so complicated in just one single day.

There's Nicole Bouchard, who is tired of her reputation as being the good girl and wants to change that by acting on feelings that she has had for quite some time. It won't only shock people but can hurt her best friend, Kelly Pickerel, who is in California, not only to visit her father, but her convict friend, Robby Mardonia, the guy she has been writing to. She desperately wants to be with him even though she already has a boyfriend, Sean O'Connell.

Sean, the guy who seems to be second-guessing all the choices he's made and now wants to change them. Then there's Maria Krito, who soon discovers that a best friend may not necessarily be someone who is willing to cut her, even though that's the only way for Sadie Dubinsky to finally become her friend. Sadie, the eleven-year-old who isn't the ideal size or weight or even the girl that her mother wants her to be, and the one that has to be constantly compared to her older, meaner sister, Ginger. Ginger Dubinsky, who has the chance to get back at Kelly for embarrassing her.

There's also Derek LaPointe, who soon finds out that looks can't get him the girl he wants, Mearl Aremian. Her odd nature may not be for Derek, but it can help others figure out their lives. Last but not least there's Joy Ryder, a fifteen-year-old waitress who is sick of all the childish boys that she has to deal with, and will learn a dark secret when she tries to get back at the one boy who made her life miserable.

Ten teens, ten stories full of complications and problems that will leave the reader wondering what happens to the lives around them.

BLEED is a very entertaining read that is much different from the other works of Laurie Faria Stolarz. Its deep messages and risqué language will make the reader feel pain, sorrow, and happiness for the characters, which are all well-developed. Readers will be pulled into every story, even if they don't like the person the story is about. Stolarz does her best to capture the hidden feelings that are felt by the person themselves. As a warning, though, the language used is most definitely not suitable for kids in eighth-grade and below.