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One Death, Nine Stories (2014)

by Marc Aronson(Favorite Author)
3.23 of 5 Votes: 1
ISBN
0763652857 (ISBN13: 9780763652852)
languge
English
publisher
Candlewick Press
review 1: This was a really interesting concept for a book, but I feel like it could have been carried out better. The basic premise is that someone dies, and there are nine points of view on this death, everything from close friends and old lovers, to family, to people the deceased didn't even know. All of the stories were very short, and I felt like could have been longer to provide a better point of view or a more interesting read. Overall it made its point: the web of connections people make is huge, almost limitless, and something like a death can connect people who might have never been connected before. I don't think I would read it again, but I definitely don't regret reading it in the first place.
review 2: The plot: Readers quickly learn that Kevin Nichols
... more(19), has died. What transpires in these nine stories in an intertwined narrative exploring Nichols' character and just how his death inadvertently affects friends, family, and even those living thousands of miles away. The characters: Each author artfully explores noteworthy teen themes such as suicide, pregnancy, and coming of age. Often difficult with short stories, each story exhibits excellent character development of its key protagonist while also providing ever more detail into the troubled life of Kevin. Readers of any age will find at least one character with with to identify. Overall evaluation: I really loved this. It is a quick read but well crafted and edited to be a cohesive, powerful story. The real highlight is 'Initiation' by Ellen Hopkins. I would recommend this to readers interested in fiction about edgy issues. less
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cheryl
Wonderful book of short stories that weave one story via different voices.
Joe
Ellen Hopkins wrote something in this book...definitely a must-have.
Hahahaha
A super-quick, interesting read done a little differently.
AmyBliss
review to come after 08/12/14
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