Review: Love Hurts by Malorie Blackman

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Love Hurts
Title: Love Hurts
Authors: Various Authors (Compiled by Malorie Blackman)
Publisher: Corgi Children's
Date of Publication: January 29, 2015

Malorie Blackman brings together the best teen writers of today in a stunningly romantic collection about love against the odds. Featuring short stories and extracts about modern star-crossed lovers from stars such as Gayle Forman, Markus Zusak and Patrick Ness, and with a brand-new story from Malorie Blackman herself, Love Hurts looks at every kind of relationship, from first kiss to final heartbreak.

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My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Thank you to RHCP UK and NetGalley for the review copy! Having received one did not affect my views of the novel.

Fresh from the high of My True Love Gave to Me, I was so in the mood for short story anthologies. I never knew I needed them until MTLGTM. So I immediately got to reading Love Hurts and I also dropped it just as fast. It's just that, it was a mighty disappointment to discover that this is not a short story collection as expected. There are a few short stories in it but it was mostly composed of excerpts (or extracts as the Brits call it) from other books on love. Yes, cue exasperation.

But then, when I got over the conspiracy of screwing my expectations, I found Love Hurts good enough to pass my time. It gave me samples of books I've been wanting to read for a while (AND INDEED, I WANNA READ THEM) and it was also nice to read something I've read before, just to know which part of those books ended up being featured. But really, I would have rated this book 2 stars but I LOVE most of the original short stories. In fact, that one-star upgrade is all because of Susie Day's Tumbling. But first, let me talk about everything else before I full-on spazz.

These books/stories I've read previously: Gayle Forman's If I Stay, David Levithan's Miss Lucy Had a Steamboat, Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick, and We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. When I ended up re-reading a huge extract from If I Stay, I realized that I wasn't really mesmerized by Gayle's writing in here... I realized that the reason I rated If I Stay high (4 stars) is because of ALL THE FEELS but it was definitely not because of the romance. However, it's so much about family as well so good thing. I suddenly understood Miss Lucy better but I'm still not the greatest fan of it. Lastly, MIDWINTERBLOOD AND WE WERE LIARS, CAN WE MARRY THESE TWO BOOKS BECAUSE GOODNESS I LOVE THEM YOU HAVE TO READ THEM.

Onward we go!

The excerpts I really liked and thus, I'll check out these books: More Than This by Patrick Ness, Trouble by Non Pratt, I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak, Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith, and Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma. These books are already on my TBR so Love Hurts didn't exactly made me want to read them but it just confirmed that I HAVE to read them.

The other excerpts, while unique and interesting, didn't really grab my attention as much. Now, let's go to my favorite part, the short stories!!!

Humming through My Fingers by Malorie Blackman (3/5): This story was cute enough but it sounded preachy/cheesy to me? *hides*

Tumbling by Susie Day (5/5): Oh gods, my disappointment over Love Hurts was so completely undone by this short story. IT IS SO GOOD. I LOVE IT. Basically, two teenagers who've bonded over Tumblr and Sherlock and these teens speak Tumblr-ese and HELP ME I LOVE THEM. It just PERFECTLY encapsulates people on Tumblr in my opinion that I just full-on spazzed to Susie when I read this. But more than that, it also delves into the self-esteem issues teens usually face and how easier everything is online. Just, SO MUCH LOVE FOR THIS ONE.

Gentlewoman by Laura Dockrill (4/5): Every person should read this one. It's about a boy, Daniel, who feels and thinks that she's actually a girl, Dani. It was so touching and heartbreaking and moving how much her parents supported her in her transition and while her community is certainly a bit idealistic in here, it was so lovely. Just, so timely and I think in a short amount of time, Laura Dockrill was able to deliver Dani's story well.

Endless Love: The Valentine of Daniel and Lucinda by Lauren Kate (2/5): I've never read any of Lauren Kate's books and after this, I don't think I'll ever read them. Just, meh all around for me.

The Liar's Girl by Catherine Johnson (4/5): This one is amazing. I didn't realize it earlier on but by the end of the story, I just felt so complete yet so incomplete. I wanted more -- WHAT HAPPENED AFTER -- but it was such a good story that I just let my feelings wash over me. The second person POV was cool and it worked for the story, to keep the narrator unknown and detached. But see, that's it. The narrator hopes to be detached to this story she tells but she certainly isn't because EMOTIONS, MAN, EMOTIONS.

The Unicorn by James Dawson (4/5): James Dawson, MY HEART WHAT DID YOU DO? My chest felt constricted by the end but so happy during the good times. The old-man perspective looking back on his days on the Unicorn WWII ship where he loved a fellow Navy? MY FEELS.

Anyway, overall, I wouldn't recommend buying this book because seriously, I think it would be a waste of money. But, if you can get a chance to read the short stories in it, PLEASE DO. Borrow it from your library or maybe, hopefully soon, the authors will post their short stories in their websites or something. I certainly hope so!


  1. This cover is absolutely adorable! At first I couldn't figure out why I didn't notice it on NetGalley but when you said it was a compilation I realized why. I am not a huge fan of those, although I am DYING to get my hands on a copy of MTLGTM next Christmas :) Great review, I am glad that you enjoyed this even though it wasn't what you expected.

    1. Yes, the cover is absolutely cute! I forgot to mention that in my review. Aaaww, I like short story anthologies but I only encounter and read them occasionally but MTLGTM made me want to amass them. Hope you get to read both soon, Becca!


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