Review: Love Hurts by Malorie Blackman

Posted February 4, 2015 by Charlotte in Reviews / 2 Comments

Love Hurts by Malorie Blackman

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Love Hurts by Malorie BlackmanLove Hurts by Malorie Blackman, Patrick Ness, Lauren Myracle, Gayle Forman, Susie Day, Jenny Downham, Maureen Johnson, Laura Dockrill, David Levithan, Markus Zusak, Lauren Kate, Catherine Johnson, James Dawson, Philip Pullman, E. Lockhart, Non Pratt, Bali Rai, Melvin Burgess, Phil Earle, Andrew Smith, Matt Haig, Tabitha Suzuma, Marcus Sedgwick
on January 29, 2015
Genres: Anthropology, Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Short Stories, Young Adult
Pages: 560
Format: E-Arc
Source: Netgalley
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Have you ever fallen for someone the rest of the world thought you shouldn't have? Malorie Blackman brings together the very best young adult authors writing today in a stunningly romantic collection of love against the odds.
Featuring stories and extracts about modern star-crossed lovers, Love Hurts looks at every kind of relationship, from first kiss to final heartbreak. This is a collection for anyone who has ever loved and lost - and loved again...

I have to be honest, and I know it says in the about bit that Love Hurts is a collection of short stories and extracts, but I was severely disappointed by how many extracts there were. The majority are from books I know and love but… I guess I’m moaning because what I really wanted was for all the stories to be completely original. Which is silly…

The short stories, the original stories were brilliant. They were diverse and strong in their own right,  and I loved how each of them told a story no matter how long or short they were.

Actually the diversity in Love Hurts is really good, showing how much love can hurt and how love means different things to different people. The love stories in this book feature many types of protagonists, including: those of different race/nationality, those with disabilities, LGBT and gender identity. To name a few.

If you haven’t read any of the books that the extracts are from then they are a nice introduction to the books but also to the authors themselves. This is what makes anthologies so good. In a short space they can introduce you to many new and wonderful authors.

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2 responses to “Review: Love Hurts by Malorie Blackman

  1. Cait

    Ooh, I would read this because of Patrick Ness and Markus Zusak! LOVE THEM SO MUCH! I’m not so keen on the extracts (I’d rather read a full book than an extract) hehe, but I do like short stories from awesome authors I love.

    • I love short stories, they’re a great introduction to new authors, I have the secret confession that I have never read a Patrick Ness or Markus Zusak book, terrible I know! Extracts are frustrating because it makes me want to read the whole book.

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