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El Juego De Los Besos (2011)

by Aidan Chambers(Favorite Author)
3.17 of 5 Votes: 2
Fondo de Cultura Económica
review 1: When I cracked open THE KISSING GAME by Aidan Chambers, it wasn’t long before I was engrossed. It’s a collection of the award-winning author’s short fiction, and each and every story packs a punch, with pieces ranging from drabbles and flash fiction to stories of typical length. From the “The Kissing Game,” about a boy getting to know his new neighbor, both of them dealing with issues of the past, to “The Tower,” which brings a little magic realism to a camping trip, the characters are vivid and real and brought to life with such carefully chosen language. One of my favorites in the collection was “Sanctuary,” in which an agoraphobic teen on his way to a college interview meets an immigrant girl who turns out to be in a lot of trouble — and none of it... more of her own making. The story is fast-paced, gripping, and succinct.THE KISSING GAME is, in short, amazing. And I’d love to see this book in the hands of both casual readers and English class students. It’s definitely a highly literary work, but it’s also extremely accessible. Reluctant readers will enjoy the low-pressure nature of reading short fiction, and writing teachers will find amazing examples to use in their curricula. Not to mention the fact that THE KISSING GAME is rife with humor, pain, adventure, and, well, story.
review 2: I kept wondering why the stories in the Kissing Game left me unsatisfied. I would finish one and say "Well that's over." Last page...Author Aiden Chambers describes his recent experiment in FLASH FICTION. "Several of the stories in this collection are a kind that are now called flash fictions...They are like a flash of light, a spark, which allow one quick view of a whole scene or person or event....They are usually less than 1,000 words long...They can be of any genre so long as they are stories..." He explains this fan fiction in greater detail but catches my eye by citing some great authors who wrote flash fiction like Kafka, Chekhov, Hemingway, etc. I looked it up on Wikipedia to learn more. I'm trying to give flash fiction a chance. Perhaps if I found a short piece nestled in a magazine that was short and flashy, I would be pleasantly surprised. The Kissin that flash fiction is a "cutting edge of literature", I would have thought the stories quite skimpy. less
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Didn't find this book to be something that I am interested in. Couldn't finish it.
not really my thing...I only enjoyed maybe 2 of the stories.
3.5 stars. Review to come.
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