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Summer Love Perfect Paperback – June 23, 2015
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This is a wonderful collection of stories about first summertime romances. The stories are about young adult characters, but they will resonate with anyone who has ever enjoyed or dreamed of a summer romance. Bonfires, beaches and summer jobs form the backdrop to stories about first glances, first kisses and first touches.
Unlike many anthologies, the content here is cohesive and the writing is consistently excellent. I was surprised by the stories I was most drawn to. I loved Ella J. Ash’s story, Surface Tension, about a summer camp romance. Naomi Tajedler’s story, What the Heart Wants, about a young girl’s sexual awakening in art class, is a beautiful, emotionally honest piece. I also loved Rachel Blackburn’s On the Shore, a sweetly exuberant story of a beach romance. I found The Most Handsome by SJ Martin, the story of a transexual boy’s first romance, to be compelling and beguiling.
This is such a great collection. I think it will make young LGBTQ readers feel hopeful while it makes the rest of us nostalgic. A wonderful summer read.
I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads.
There are very different stories in this anthology, and I have a few favorites - "Beautiful Monsters", "What the Heart Wants" and "On the Shore", in particular - but each and every one of them felt special; every one left a mark on my heart and a beautiful line or two in my quotes notebook. I'm so impressed with these authors' ability to contain the elusive summer moments in such lovely little gems of stories. I'm looking forward to anything more each of them writes, and I will definitely be coming back to this summer anthology.
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I had high hopes for this collection, but in all reality, the writing felt stilted and the characters weren't very developed in any of the stories. Read morePublished 4 months ago by NG238