Reviews by Tag: short stories

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What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi

What is Not Yours is Not Yours

By Helen Oyeyemi
Rated by
Sep 6, 2022

What is Not Yours is Not Yours is a collection of short stories written by Helen Oyeyemi, all
tied together through the motif of keys--a key to a heart, a key to a house, or the key to a solution.
Not all of these short stories take place at the same time or in the same place, but there are certain
short stories that have overlapping characters or small details that remind you of something else you

Teen Review
Blackout Anthology


By Clayton, Jackson, Stone, Thomas, Woodfolk, Yoon
Rated by
Grace K.
Mar 1, 2022

Blackout has a very unique style with contributions from six different authors that each write a romantic fictional short story that all take place during a blackout in New York City. This blackout sparks romantic conflict and tension, and it changes many relationships for the better or worse.

Teen Review
Everyone Dies Famous In a Small Town by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town

By Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
Rated by
Smayan K.
Aug 7, 2021

This story is set in 1995 and locations ranging from Colorado to the West side of America, nine teens’ perspectives playing out against a background of missing girls, destructing fires, and a wayward priest. Each of these story’s weave and connect to create a web of amazing romantic, and expressive stories. This story portrays how communities look normal but on the inside are brutal, romantic, and mysterious. Each story is amazing and the way it is spun together makes it even more interesting and fascinating to read.

Teen Review
Black Enough Edited by Ibi Zoboi

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America

By Edited by Ibi Zoboi
Rated by
Madison Page from Monticello YAAC
Apr 8, 2019

The book itself reflects the central idea of what it is like to be young and a person of color in today's world. It is a collection of stories from black and brown young people of all shapes and sizes that speak on the importance and brings awareness to the fact that there are still racial issues in one's friend group and the education system. The diversified book speaks on behalf of all young people. During the first or second chapter, they discussed the comment "you are white".

Staff Review Jan 7, 2019


Marvelous, otherworldly, enthralling, haunting, wonderful. Magical.

Working in libraries has cured my of my book-hoarding obsession. I have such easy access to nearly anything I want on a daily basis, I no longer feel much need to own the books myself. This is one of the rare exceptions. It's not enough for me to have consumed this book; I want to possess it. I want to repeatedly immerse myself in it and dwell in it. I want to become a part of it and make it a part of me.

Teen Review

Tales of the Peculiar

By Ransom Riggs
Rated by
Olivia from Leawood Pioneer Library YAAC
Mar 9, 2018

Wealthy cannibals who dine on the limbs of peculiars. A princess with a forked tongue. The story of the first ymbryne. These are a few of the stories told in the Tales of the Peculiar, a book known to hide information about the peculiar world that was introduced in the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series. This book invites you to read this collection of original stories and learn some of the secrets of the history of peculiars.

Staff Review
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Through the Woods

By Emily Carroll
Rated by Kate M.
Dec 31, 2014

A strikingly illustrated graphic novel featuring short horror stories told in bold blacks, reds, blues and whites. The stories are ones that will stay with you. Each story felt familiar to me, probably inspired by classic fairy tales but each has its own horrific twist. One of my favorites has tones of Little Red Riding Hood, about a girl traveling through the woods to her mother’s house. Her father warns her to travel fast to avoid the wolves in the forest. She travels over hills, between the trees and safely reaches her mother’s home.

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