Love Hurts By Malorie Blackman
Published 29 Jan 2015 by Corgi Childrens
Disclaimer: I received a review copy c/o the publisher via Netgalley.
Summary: Malorie Blackman brings together the best teen writers of today in a stunningly romantic collection about love against the odds.
Featuring short stories and extracts about modern star-crossed lovers from stars such as Gayle Forman, Markus Zusak and Patrick Ness, and with a brand-new story from Malorie Blackman herself, Love Hurts looks at every kind of relationship, from first kiss to final heartbreak.
I’m disappointed with Love Hurts.
I was under the impression that Love Hurts would be a collection of new short stories — and in a way it was, but it was mainly a collection of excerpts from different published books. There were 7 original pieces, while the remaining 17 were excerpts. Of the original pieces, I particularly enjoyed Susie Day’s Tumbling (about two Sherlock fangirls meeting for the first time and having feelings for one another) and David Levithan’s Miss Lucy Had A Steamboat (also revolved around LGBT).
I haven’t read many of the books featured in Love Hurts; in fact, I’ve only read 2: If I Stay by Gayle Forman and We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, both of which are books I really enjoyed. I was interested in a few of the books featured after reading the excerpts, but it does get frustrating because you want more, or if you haven’t read it before it becomes kind of spoiler-y and I know some readers can be very particular about that. I haven’t read many of the books, so I can’t tell to what extent the spoilers are but Love Hurts does focus on the relationship aspect of the characters, so future interactions or relationships may have been revealed ahead of time while reading this.
I definitely see myself picking up The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle and Trouble by Non Pratt sometime soon. I was particularly fond of the writing and storyline that it revolved around.
I can’t say if I will recommend this book or not, because it is a compilation of different stories and some new original pieces. If you are planning to purchase this, Tumbling and Miss Lucy Had A Steamboat is worth paying for and I wish it becomes a full length book at some time. Love Hurts might not be appealing to readers who don’t like spoilers of any kind or less appealing to those who have already read all of the books featured in Love Hurts. Considering that only 7 of the pieces are original works, I don’t really think I need the book on my bookshelf, but it is something that I could pick up and read.