Ten teens, one unforgettable day
“A funny, yet poignant book of interconnecting short stories in which the lives of 10 teens are seamlessly woven together.” – School Library Journal
Over the course of a single day, the lives of ten teenagers will intersect in powerful and unexpected ways.
Among them are Nicole, whose decision to betray her best friend will shock everyone, most of all herself; Kelly, who meets the convicted felon she’s been writing to for years; and Maria, whose definition of a true friend is someone who will cut her. Derik discovers his usual good looks and charm won’t help him get the girl he really wants, while Joy, a fifteen year old waitress, hoping for true intimacy, narrowly escapes a very dark fate.
Seamlessly woven together, this collection of interconnected short stories paints an authentic portrait of today’s teen experience that is at once funny, moving, and often very haunting.
"Stolarz expertly weaves a combination of stories the reader will remember for a long while."
School Library Journal wrote:
"The reader is swept along in this masterful plotting of characters as their lives intertwine in most unexpected ways. Laurie Faria Stolarz has captured perfectly the angst and folly of the teenage world. BLEED will be a wonderful addition to high school and public library short story collections."
“...a funny, yet poignant book of interconnecting short stories in which the lives of 10 teenagers are seamlessly woven together.... The author demonstrates the ability to identify with today’s teen experience, and she portrays the accompanying behavior and language realistically.”
The Bulletin of Children’s Literature wrote:
"Its deep messages and risqué language will make the reader feel pain, sorrow, and happiness for the characters, which are all well-developed. Readers will be pulled into every story....”
"At times funny and touching…these stories provide a glimpse into the lives of today's teens."
“…the narrators' stories and viewpoints stand well clarified and unique, with the building tensions among them creating a unifying force…. Plot and character are equally important here, and the author is clever enough to keep the story arcs braided rather than tangled….motives and emotions are credible and each (character) has at least one sympathetic facet.”