By: Niki Burnham, Terri Clark, Ellen Hopkins, and Lynda Sandoval
Review by: Lauren
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do is a collection of four short stories all about the angered, pained, and revenge-seeking broken-hearted. First up is Burnham’s story about Toby, who is always trying to please everyone else, but when he puts his foot down with his girlfriend, things don’t quite work out. Terri Clark’s Dee thinks she scored the social lottery when her goth self hooks up with a major jock, but when the two get into a car accident, Dee starts hearing people’s thoughts and realize her boyfriend is one great actor!
Next we have Ellen Hopkins, who gives us a short story a la poetry, like her previous work, about a girl named Lisa who feels that she’s just plain, but what happens when she scores her first real boyfriend? Last, Sandoval delivers us a great story of Mia, who falls in love with straight girl Paige. Except, all summer long…Paige was in love with her too, right? When things blow up in a very public way, how will Mia face her peers, let alone Paige?
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do took me awhile to finish, but it wasn’t because it was a bad book. I actually enjoyed the stories immensely, and felt that even though you knew going in that they would all experience a break up, they still left much to be surprised by.
I was also happy by the authors they chose to contribute, giving each story their own unique twist. Burnham focused on the only guy, Clark dealt with the unreal, Hopkins wrote in a unique way, and Sandoval dealt with the only same-sex couple.
The book was an impressive collection of breaking up stories that will perhaps have you agreeing in sadness, but in the end, cheering with victory!