Love Hurts is a collection of excerpts and short stories, chosen and introduced by the resident UK Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman. The book brings together the best and the brightest of the YA genre, offering readers the perfect chance to broaden their literary horizons and to discover some new favourites.
The collection’s theme is one of love against the odds, of romantic encounters, and modern-day star-crossed lovers. From gritty, realistic stories about death and resurrection, first love and rejection, to fantastical examinations of identity, romance and heroism, Love Hurts engages with every expression of love imaginable.
The collection is beautifully put together; Blackman has chosen well and chosen wisely. An anthology like this is only as strong as its weakest link but these chapters and short stories combine to form a chain that is simply unbreakable. Particular highlights include excepts from Blackman’s own Noughts and Crosses, from Melvin Burgess’s seminal novel Junk and Marcus Sedgwick’s eerie fantasy Midwinterblood. New stories written specifically for the collection, such as Susie Day’s Tumbling, Catherine Johnson’s The Liar’s Girl, and The Unicorn by James Dawson are wonderfully readable, dynamic and thought-provoking.
Blackman has created a sparkling collection of YA fiction here, and with gems from authors as diverse and unique as Patrick Ness, E. Lockhart, and Philip Pullman, even the most discerning teenage reader will find something to engage them.