Sucker Literary Anthology Volume 3 – Edited Hannah R. Goodman
I usually stray away from short stories because they usually just fall short of satisfying my reader taste buds. However, when we were asked to review the third volume in the series of Sucker Literary, I took a chance because my sister had read a previous volume and enjoyed it well enough.
It took me a little effort to get through the first couple stories, there being 11 in all. But once I broke through I really began to enjoy them. Some of my favorites included: the ballerina that struggles with a complicated relationship with her mother, the daughter who locks her mother up in the house due to a strange illness, and another where a young girl struggles with her sexual orientation. All the stories in the anthology were from the perspective of a teenage girl dealing with rejection, sexual orientation, body issues, self-esteem issues, rape, loss of a parent, guilt, substance abuse, mistakes made, crushes and psychosis. All very real and dark issues. I would not call this a light read by any means.
Having once been a teenage girl, I was able to relate to some of the more realistic stories that definitely made me reflect on my own past experiences and allowed me to connect to the characters on a deeper level. There were a couple that I felt reached a little too far, specifically the tree man story where a young girl gives too much of herself and then begins to fall into an unstable frame of mind. Also, even though many of the themes used are not uncommon in today’s YA genre, the authors try to give a unique perspective and more than once I was taken by surprise at where the stories led.
I would recommend this to YA readers who are looking for stories with depth and themes regarding the darker side of growing up and the many issues that young girls face in today’s world. It is reflective and will make the reader think and feel deeply. I could see this being a good high school reading addition and would not be surprised if previous versions are not already.
Bullied and alone, Ainsley seeks refuge in the arms of a strange boy. Time is slipping away for overachieving Sadie Lin, but reigniting an old flame might help. Scarred by a pressuring ex, Alexandra finally faces the rain. “Pasty and chubby” Charlotte makes a public play for the “Tan and Smooth” king. The beautiful girl in the black, lacy push-up bra says that it’s time for Brenn to stop lying . . . at least to herself. A halfway house is no home for Dawn—or is it? How will Dana survive knowing everyone at school thinks she’s a monster, when they just may be right? JJ and her crush finally get a moment alone—at his girlfriend’s hottest party of the year. Sixteen-year old Sarah prepares for her first day of school by chaining up her Mamí in her bedroom. Alyssa’s life is a well-rehearsed ballet until a tragedy sends her hurtling towards a fall. Loving a boy is as simple as chemistry . . . unless that boy is an unstable element.
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