There is Nicole, whose decision to betray her best friend will shock everyone, most of all herself; Kelly, who meets the convicted felon she has been writing to for years; Maria, whose definition of a true friend is someone who will cut her. Then there is Sadie, a chubby eleven-year-old whose mother forces her to wear a “please don’t feed me” sign stapled to her shirt; while Joy, a fifteen-year-old waitress hoping for true intimacy narrowly escapes a very dark fate. Derik discovers that his usual good looks and charm won’t help him hold onto the girl he wants, while nineteen-year-old drifter, Mearl, is desperately looking for a place to call home. Sean is torn between his loyalty to his girlfriend and the possibility of finding something more with her friend, while Ginger’s single-minded pursuit to bring down her nemesis only proves that they may be more alike than she thought.
Seamlessly woven together, this incredibly powerful and compelling collection of stories chronicles the very real trials of today’s teen experience.
Bleed was a very interesting book.
Told by ten different people and taking place only over the course of the same day, Bleed offers into the perspectives of ten very different people who are all quite strange, yet normal, in their own way. A sad tale in some points of view, but very true to life.
Great for a quick read.
You are warned: BLEED is not your typical short story collection. The ten characters are connected to each other in some way. Their stories intersect one anothers ever so slightly, and yet each one can stand alone. Stolarz tells ten different stories that happen in different locations but all on the same day. Some of the characters face questions concerning love and lust, while other stories talk about mental or family problems. Some situations the characters go through are mostly likely not appropriate for readers under 14 years old. However, BLEED is a collection of short stories that can horrify and empathize at the same time.
BLEED is a collection of interconnected short stories about several teenagers over the course of one day. Its a big day for all of them, from Nicole, who hooks up with Kellys boyfriend, Sean, to Kelly herself, who, on the opposite coast from all of this, hooks up with the convicted murderer shes been pen palling with for five and a half years, Robby--who finds himself in an interesting situation with Joy, a fifteen year old waitress who wants to be a princess, after Kelly leaves him at the diner where Joy works. Thats just a part of it; each and every one of their stories is somehow connected to all of the others. People who have never heard each others names are connected. Its too confusing to explain all of their connections, but theyre there, and theyre fascinating.
The whole idea of these stories is very interesting. It reminded me a little of REAL TIME, by Pnina Kass Moed, but some of that switched points of view from paragraph to paragraph, and each character has one short story in Laurie Faria Stolarzs book. The stories themselves are powerful, haunting, and painful to the point of disturbing sometimes--but also very real. These are moving stories, each with a realistic, well-written character at its center.
These are beautifully created stories, but they are not happy and wholesome; they are real, holding nothing back, so be prepared for that if you decide to pick this collection up (as you should).
Ill be looking up Laurie Faria Stolarzs backlist (the Blue is for Nightmares series), and waiting anxiously for the companion to BLEED that shes writing!
i can't even begin to tell you how much i liked this book, it was amazing. the story like makes you want to cry sometimes. and the characters really touched my heart. i loved how all of these peoples lives where somehow or another connected with eachother. i would recommend this book for teens who are looking for a book thats not the same as other books but the same. it feels like the people in the book are real, like they weren't just made up. the people are so easy to realt to like you might have known one of them. its a facinating book.