And the writing was n't any better.
The only real reason to use present tense is to really get inside a character 's head, so that you can do internal monologues and the like.
We 'll get to those later.Your Big Night by Sarah Mlynowski: 1/5This story was so ad I could n't even finish it.
nope, this is n't in the bottom three, either.) The biggest problem was the plot, because it 's essentially high school thrille.
If you want to ask [ hot guy ] again, go to page 9. " The only explanation I could think of to justify this was that Mlynowski wanted us to connect with the narrator more, but it did n't work because a) the narrator had no personality other than being irresistibly attracted to a articular guy and being whinny and b) the narrator did stupid things that I would never do.
There was n't a single character in the tale that felt like a real person.
Stick around for the snark-fest that will surely follow! Off Like a Prom Dress by Billy Merrell: 4/5This was n't actually a short story- it was a free-verse poem.
And Merrel certainly makes good use of the poem format; anywhere else, the lack of plot would 've felt off, but here, it worked perfectly.
But nevertheless, this was a nice, memorable poem, and I quite enjoyed it.Better Be Good to Me by Daniel Ehrenhaft: 1/5This story is nominally about a father describing his prom night to his sister.
( See my above rant about Your Big Night.) My last hope for staying invested would 've been the characters, as that 's the last hing that would ever make me even consider reading high school comed, but they were all one-dimensional and boring.
Also like Off Like a Prom Dress, it makes good use of its format- I could n't imagine this working as a short tory.
The haracters in the tory are both well-rendered, and their dialogue was quite well-written.
The ntire thing was written in a dialect that I think is supposed to be how black people talked during the slave period ( so do n't ask why the main action is set in 1955), but it was extremely frustratin and annoying to read.
I could n't even tell you what the story was about, other than that the main haracter seemed to be an attractive black girl whose ancestors were slaves.
This anthology had its fair share of weakness, but this story makes it asier to forget.A Six-Pace of Bud, a ifth of Whisky, and Me by Melissa de la Cruz: 3/5I 'd read a piece of de la Cruz 's short fiction before, ( Shelter Island in 666 The Number of the Beast) and I was n't a massiv fan, so I did n't have high hopes for this one.
This makes it sort of difficult to rate the plot and characters the way I normally would 've.
But, after reading it, my opinion is that the tale would 've been better if de la Cruz fictionalized it.
There was n't much dialogue, which gave the story a surreal effect, and the epilogue was unrelatable.
The plot was entertaining, which made this story a good choice if de la Cruz had to write about some real experience, but, like most fiction based on real experiences, it works better to fictionalize it.Primate the Prom by Libba Bray: 1/5 ( Note: This part of the review will be longer and snarkier than normal.
I was n't a fan of Bray 's short story from Geektastic, so I expected not to like this one, either.
This story did n't work for me on an enormous level- the world made no sense, the writing was ad, and if I talk about the metaphor, I 'll go on another rant.See Me by Lisa Ann Sandell: 5/5This is another story that should 've been a full ovel, but for completely different reasons.
The eason that I liked it ( other than atie) was probably that while the plot focused mainly on this drama, we also got to see other elements of Katie 's life, however briefly.
Coupled with the great writing, this is the tory that 's tied with How I Wrote to Toby for best.
I honestly don ’ t know what Cohn was going for here, but from what I can tell, she tried to write too much in too little pages, making it a muddled and confusing mess.
All this meant that nothing made sense, and everybody was at all entertaining.Chicken by Jodi Lynn Anderson: 1/5Ugh. This is another one of those stor that was so unbelievably awful, I had to think, ‘ what was the author thinking when she wrote this? ’ The worst part was the writing – it was ood for the next page or so, but then it became COLLASALLY STUPID.
And the whol thing is written like that- it 's so goddamned stupid.And not much of the est of the tale was better.
( I 'm a big Levithan fan, both in terms of short horro and full novels.) Levithan 's work is normally sort of quirk and light-hearted, and that was present here, but it felt strained, like Levithan felt like it was obligatory.
( I mean that in both the figurative and the literal sense.) The arrator was the las one we really got to know, and he was a gay stereotype, the thing you 'd think Levithan would want to avoid.
It had its positives- the writing was decen, and it was a nice exploration of the need for sex- but it was so eird and bizarre that I could n't really enjoy it. ( Edit: I read this story again when it appeared in How They Met and Other Tale, and my pinion on it changed a lot.
It also had great, developed characters that all felt like real people- I instantly related to the protagonis and her classmates.
The plot mainly served to contribute to the lightness, which was fine- anything more serious would 've felt off, especially considering how awkward the last story was.
There were a few decen stories, but the stories that I hated were so intensely bad that I ca n't justify giving it anything above two stars.Standouts: The Question, How I Wrote to Toby, See Me, The Great American MorpThe worst: GOD, THERE ARE SO MANY!