The Worst Years of Your Life: Stories for the Geeked-Out, Angst-Ridden, Lust-Addled, and Deeply Misunderstood Adolescent in All of Us
The Worst Years of Your Life Stories for the Geeked-Out Angst-Ridden Lust-Addled and Deeply Misunderstood Adolescent in All of Us Author:Mark Jude Poirier (Editor) A delightful and terrifying collection of twenty short stories, edited by critically acclaimed writer and novelist Mark Jude Poirier. — Adolescence. Fortunately it's over with early and once you've finished paying for therapy, there's still a chance to move on with your life. — The Worst Years of Your Life says it all: angst, de... more »pression, growing pains, puberty, nasty boys and nastier girls; these are stories of aaawkwardness and embarassment from a stellar list of contributors. Great postmodern classics like John Barth's "Lost in the Funhouse" are paired with newer selections, such as Stacey Richter's "The Beauty Treatment" and A.M. Homes's "A Real Doll," in this searing, unforgettable collection. A perfect book for revisiting old favorites and discovering new ones, and the opportunity to relive the worst years of your life -- without having to relive the worst years of your life.« less
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Each story is gripping in it's own rite, with the common factor between them all being a beautiful, descriptive language that sucks you right into the author's head. Themes here range from the completely universal, like unpopularity and sex drive, to things completely unfamiliar to most readers like growing up in a third-world country, or living with fatal illness. Many of these stories are so interesting, I wanted to go out and buy the writer's other works immediately.
But, to be fair, I'll admit the whole thing gets a bit repetitive by the sixteenth or seventeenth story. There are only so many takes you can read on losing your friends or your first sexual encounters before you want to move on to something with a little more variety. Perhapps this book is best when not read all at once. But still, I'd say a worth-while read for anyone who is, or had to endure their teenage years.
Jason R. (jrehde30) reviewed The Worst Years of Your Life: Stories for the Geeked-Out, Angst-Ridden, Lust-Addled, and Deeply Misunderstood Adolescent in All of Us on + 124 more book reviews
This book was definitely a different read. Some of the stories in this novel were so interesting that I found other books by those authors. Then you had other stories that were so boring and dull that you just skipped right over them. It wasn't exactly a fast read. I would give this 3 1/2 stars.