Monday, March 9, 2009

Bleed by Laurie Faria Stolarz


Summary:

Over the course of a single day, the lives of ten teenagers will intersect in powerful and unexpected ways.

Among them are Nicole, whose decision to betray her best friend will shock everyone, most of all herself; Kelly, who meets the convicted felon she’s been writing to for years; and Maria, whose definition of a true friend is someone who will cut her. Derik discovers his usual good looks and charm won’t help him get the girl he really wants, while Joy, a fifteen year old waitress, hoping for true intimacy, narrowly escapes a very dark fate.

Seamlessly woven together, this collection of interconnected short stories paints an authentic portrait of today’s teen experience that is at once funny, moving, and often very haunting. (from Amazon)

Review:

When I finally obtained a copy of this last week, I was so excited. Since, I loved the concept of weaving together ten teenagers lives. Though, with Bleed I was extremely disappointed.

The characters and plot were interesting enough, but it just seemed like it was lacking. Lacking development, lacking a fast paced plot, lacking well just about everything. The characters were dull and one dimensional. Plus, you never really came to understand some of the crazy stuff they did love. For example the one girl, Kelly, goes and meets a convicted murder, a guy who KILLED his girlfriend. I know that people can go crazy when they are in love. But come on, that's not crazy, that's stupid!

Then, the plot was just boring. Since, most of the situations that the teens got themselves into were typical to began with and then they were carried out typically. Though, with saying that, I did find myself completely involved in the story for Nicole and Sean's parts.

The only other part that I somewhat liked about this book was the idea of it all. Since, most people never realize how their actions and attitude can affect people that they don't even know that well.

Over all, Laurie defiantly let me down with this story. Though, I still love her other books. So, I defiantly will be picking up her new releases when they come out, especially Deadly Little Lies. :)

Grade: D+

Bleed
is now out in paperback.

8 comments:

  1. Oh, what a disappointment! Glad to not have to waste my time, though.

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  2. Yeah, I felt the same way about Bleed as well. I was ambivalent about her Blue is for Nightmares series but really couldn't get into Bleed. Oh well, hopefully Deadly Little Secret is better! :)

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  3. Lol, I can never read short stories. I always have lower expectations of them.

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  4. Deadly Little Secret is really good...you should still read it. :D

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  5. That's a shame--I love the title and the cover. (I know, I know, never judge a book, and so on.) Too bad it wasn't that good.

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  6. Wow, what a review. I feel sorry for the author b/c it's soooo hard to read harsh reviews. But I'm sure she appreciates your honesty, b/c a balance of positive & negative reviews add legitimacy to one's work. Tough, though. Wow.

    Beth Fehlbaum, author
    Courage in Patience, a story of HOPE..
    http://courageinpatience.blogspot.com
    Ch. 1 is online!

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  7. It must agree. i thought the book was going to be better then it turned out, i got bored with it right at the ending and didnt even care for finishing it.
    so really i dont even know how it ended.

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