REVIEW: Love Hurts, edited by Malorie Blackman

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REVIEW: Love Hurts, edited by Malorie BlackmanLove Hurts by Catherine Johnson, David Levithan, E. Lockhart, Gayle Forman, James Dawson, Jenny Downham, Laura Dockrill, Lauren Kate, Lauren Myracle, Malorie Blackman, Markus Zusak, Maureen Johnson, Patrick Ness, Phillip Pullman, Susie Day
Published by Corgi Childrens on 29th January 2015
Genres: anthology, contemporary, young adult
Pages: 576
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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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.

Recently I’ve loved reading anthologies, such as My True Love Gave To Me, edited by Stephanie Perkins, so when I came across Love Hurts I knew I wanted to read it.

To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. Here are just a few reasons why:

The majority of the book was made up of extracts from already existing books, and not new short stories.

I had read lots of the books already so there was no need to read the extracts for many of them, and I also had no interest in reading the extracts of the other books. So, really, I found the majority of the book seemed pretty useless to me.

The short stories didn’t stand out.

There was nothing about the short stories that made me want to read them. I couldn’t connect with them at all, and I was left feeling frustrated by the end. They felt so forced and there was no way to connect with them with only a few pages for it to reach its potential.

However, I do think Love Hurts will appeal to readers who are new to contemporary YA and want to explore the genre further. I’m also a big fan of many of the authors’ books, so my review does not mean any harm to them. It just wasn’t my thing, and so I was left feeling dissatisfied with it.


Lucy Powrie

Lucy Powrie is a blogger, YouTuber and author from the UK. When she's not reading, she enjoys cuddling guinea pigs and eating Oreo chocolate, but let's be real: she's mostly always reading.


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    9 February, 2015

    I was very disappointed with this book for the same reason – I just don’t understand why they used snippets from existing books because it downright didn’t work. Why not use new stories?

    I did actually enjoy the majority of the original stories though, Gentlewoman was my favourite.
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    9 February, 2015

    Thank you for this review, Lucy!
    I was looking for a new, squishy romance book to read recently and picked this up in the bookshop… I was incredibly close to buying it and now I’m really glad I didn’t. It doesn’t sound like any good at all!

    Do you have any recommendations from the same genre but that you enjoyed more?
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    9 February, 2015

    Yep, I’ll be avoiding this one. I hate reading extracts from books and not being able to read the full thing, so this would greatly frustrate me. Great review, Lucy!
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