I received an ARC from Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review.
Title: I See Reality: Twelve Stories About Real Life
Author: Kristin Elizabeth Clark (contributor)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: January 26, 2016
Summary (from Goodreads): Twelve original stories by top MCPG authors explore real issues for real teens.
Through prose and comics alike, these heart-pounding short stories ask hard questions about a range of topics from sexuality and addiction to violence and immigration. Here is the perfect tool for starting tough discussions or simply as an introduction to realistic literary fiction. In turns funny, thought-provoking, and heartbreaking, I See Reality will resonate with today’s teens long after the last page has been turned.
Contributing authors include Jay Clark, Kristin Clark, Heather Demetrios, Stephen Emond, Patrick Flores-Scott, Faith Hicks, Trisha Leaver, Kekla Magoon, Marcella Pixley, James Preller, Jason Schmidt, and Jordan Sonnenblick.
I See Reality is a book filled with a set of very realistic short stories written by a variety of YA authors. This book tackles issues such as addiction and AIDS and addresses them in a way that is believable. While many of these stories may not have been my cup of tea, there were quite a few that are absolutely fantastic.
The fact that this anthology contains stories surrounding various social issues is quite refreshing and eye-opening. The topics that are discussed are presented in a way that educates, yet brings the issues to light in a manner that does not have a condescending tone. I found this to be a very interesting set of stories that tackle important issues of today. This book can be an asset in any classroom discussing the topics contained within.
Blackbird by Trisha Leaver is my absolute favourite story in the collection. This particular story is about a girl who is part of tech crew, yet is also a truly amazing singer who is afraid to show her talents on stage. The main character is also faced with the judgments of others because of an act committed by her brother. Both the storyline and the writing are fantastic. Definitely one worth reading. It was a story that I wish had been a little bit longer, as I found it so relatable!
As there are multiple stories in an anthology, it is always difficult to give a star rating or even review these types of books. I See Reality contains some works that are definitely five star material, however there were a few stories that were just not my taste. I do think that this book of realistic fiction is one that will appeal to many.
If you are looking to read something that deals with realistic issues in a manner that is both entertaining and educational, I suggest that you pick up I See Reality. There are some incredible authors and fabulous writing that makes this a collection not to be missed.