Sunday, April 01, 2012

Sudden Flash Youth by Christine Perkins-Hazuka, Tom Hazuka, and Mark Bud

The stories of Sudden Flash Youth may all be less than one thousand words, but that doesn't mean they can't pack a punch in those few pages. They're all short, and they all deal with the subject of youth, but it's certainly a diverse compilation, covering all voices and perspectives. In one story, we hear from a young narrator growing up during the Nixon era who is wondering if they he bother being good anymore, in a time when even the president has been caught lying. Then there's a story about a boy raised by wolves, followed by another about a fifteen year old girl wondering what gifts she will received at her quinceanera. The plot and the voices differ, but all the stories deal with the raw and real aspects of growing up. These are stories about first kisses, ugly breakups, wrecking cars, losing virginity and finding religion; about things that no doubt every teenager has experienced in some way. Reading the stories of Sudden Flash Youth is like looking through the scrapbooks of 65 different people. They read like snapshots, like tiny fragments of lives that we want to know more about. They re short and sometimes sweet and sometimes sad, but always satisfying.

Sudden Flash Youth truly was one of the best short story anthologies I've read in a long time. These stories spoke to me so much as a teeanger, and I loved reading things that are relatable to my lives and the lives of the other young people around me.The writing was wonderful and strong, and the voices of the narrators pulled me in and held me there, even if it was only for a thousand words of less. When you don't want a story to end, you know you just finished reading something amazing.

Reviewer Age:17
Reviewer City, State and Country: Tarpon Springs, Florida United States