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Jongens En Meisjes Zoals Jij En Ik (2010)

by Aryn Kyle(Favorite Author)
3.73 of 5 Votes: 1
Nieuw Amsterdam
review 1: I'm not normally interested in collections of short stories, but it seemed interesting so I thought I would give it a try. That was one of the most depressing things I've read in a long time. I thought there would be at least one happy ending or somewhat happy ending for one of the stories, but there were none. After the 3rd or 4th story, the characters all started sounding like the same person with different names. If you want to make yourself really sad and have no hope for humanity, then give it a go.
review 2: It is not often that a short story writer can create characters that are multi-dimensional, real, and relateable in so few pages...Aryn Kyle is remarkably successful at doing just that. The characters that grace this set of stories are flawed, but co
... morenvey a refreshing honesty & self-awareness that made for a good tale, even set amongst the most ordinary of circumstances. From the inside flap, " In "Nine," a young girl given to exaggeration escapes a humiliating ninth birthday celebration with the help of her father’s new girlfriend. The dubious benefits of sleeping with one’s boss are revealed when a bookstore manager defends an employee from an irate customer in the hilarious "Sex Scenes from a Chain Bookstore." A raid on a neighbor’s meth lab strengthens the unlikely friendship between a solitary woman and a Goth teenage girl in "Boys and Girls Like You and Me." And in a notable exception to the rule, "Captain’s Club" features a boy whose devotion to a lonely woman transforms his cruise vacation." less
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Amazing! The best story collection I've read since Lorrie Moore's Birds of America.
Most of the stories were just barely amusing.
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