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The Worst Years of Your Life: Stories for the Geeked-Out, Angst-Ridden, Lust-Addled, and Deeply Misunderstood Adolescent in All of Us Paperback – August 21, 2007

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Sometimes sad, often poignant and always painfully honest, the stories in this fiction anthology do away with the rose-colored glasses that grown-ups often employ to make memories of adolescence bearable, drawing them back into the bewildering fog of youth. Beyond a talented group of writers-including George Saunders, Jennifer Egan, Stacey Richter, A.M. Homes and Nathan Englander-author and editor Poirier has gathered a happily diverse set of sad-sack stories. Julie Orringer produces a "Note to Sixth-Grade Self," in which she advises an awkward 12-year-old how to get through excruciating dance classes ("Do not think about Zachary Booth's hand warts"); Mark Poirier contributes the story of an unhappy boy whose compulsive lies hide an unspeakable secret; and Amber Dermont posits a convincing tale of a teenage girl learning to understand her abhorrent mother. For adult readers, this rich, candid collection is bound to stir memories of their own growing pains, and more than a few words of thanks that they're in the past; for those in the thick of it, these stories will, if nothing else, take a little of the sting out of teenage loneliness and confusion.
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About the Author

Mark Jude Poirier is the author of two novels and two story collections. In 2014, IFC released Hateship Loveship, which he adapted from an Alice Munro story. He holds a Briggs-Copeland lectureship in the creative writing faculty at Harvard.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (August 21, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416549269
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416549260
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,166,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book, ignorantly thinking my 12 year granddaughter would enjoy same. NO WAY! This is a book for US, who remember being tortured into thinking pleasant thoughts about dissection, sharing those same stories while eating in the cafeteria. I laughed almost every page.
Enjoy being in Middle School once again!
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This anthology isn't the book you pick up when you're attempting to be intellectual, but it does meaningfully prompt you to rethink how you behaved during those awkward years of middle school and early high school. The variety of authors bring up the angst, discomfort, shame, euphoria, and innocence through authentic story lines, some I suspect are borderline memoir and have no doubt happened to countless adolescents. Enjoy this book with your Care Bear pajamas and a heavy appreciation that you are past those "worst years of your life."
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This anthology is proof that Mark Poirier is an incredible, quirky and wonderful human being. I want to read everything he has written or edited. I will be the first in line when his new movie "Smart People," is released. I want to skateboard wth him...
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