Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Week 22: Boys and Girls Like You and Me: Stories - Aryn Kyle (240 pages)

I am a big fan of short stories. They are a fast read and you are able to get into someone's story very quickly and just as quickly get out. I was intrigued when I saw this book in the bookstore, it looked like something that I would really enjoy. Unfortunately, I did not love the book as a whole collection. There were a few outstanding stories (Nine, Captain's Club and A Lot Like Fun) while the other were fair to middling at best. 

This is the second book for author Aryn Kyle and I was hoping for better since I had heard that her highly lauded debut novel, THE GOD OF ANIMALS, was an expanded short story. Sadly, I could not see any one of these stories, even my favorites, expanded past the 10-30 pages in which they existed. 

The book tells stories of females from age 8 on up to their mid-20s. Some of the stories seemed haphazardly thrown together, while those few others were brilliantly written. I would check this book out at the library and read the stories that are most highly-rated or borrow it from a friend.


  1. Hmmmmm. I really liked THE GOD OF ANIMALS. I will take your advice and borrow it.

  2. I like your new blog look, too! Very nice!