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Bleed
     

Bleed

3.9 178
by Laurie Faria Stolarz
 

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Over the course of a single summer day, ten teenagers in Salem, Massachusetts, will discover important truths about themselves and each other.

There is Nicole, whose decision to betray her best friend will shock everyone, most of all herself; Kelly, who meets the convicted felon she has been writing to for years; Maria, whose definition of a true friend is

Overview

Over the course of a single summer day, ten teenagers in Salem, Massachusetts, will discover important truths about themselves and each other.

There is Nicole, whose decision to betray her best friend will shock everyone, most of all herself; Kelly, who meets the convicted felon she has been writing to for years; Maria, whose definition of a true friend is someone who will cut her. Then there is Sadie, a chubby eleven-year-old whose mother forces her to wear a "please don't feed me" sign stapled to her shirt; while Joy, a fifteen-year-old waitress hoping for true intimacy narrowly escapes a very dark fate. Derik discovers that his usual good looks and charm won't help him hold onto the girl he wants, while nineteen-year-old drifter, Mearl, is desperately looking for a place to call home. Sean is torn between his loyalty to his girlfriend and the possibility of finding something more with her friend, while Ginger's single-minded pursuit to bring down her nemesis only proves that they may be more alike than she thought.

Seamlessly woven together, this incredibly powerful and compelling collection of stories chronicles the very real trials of today's teen experience.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Anita Barnes Lowen
One day. Ten teenagers. Ten lives that are linked by friendship, betrayal, and chance encounters. Kelly is Nicole's best friend, but that does not stop Nicole from betraying their friendship when Sean, Kelly's boyfriend, shows up in her back yard. Kelly is across the country in California where she will have lunch with Robby, the newly paroled murderer with whom she has corresponded for years. Maria has bribed Sadie with the offer of a trip to the ice cream parlor, but as much as Sadie craves the treat, she cannot do what Maria wants. And then there is Joy Ryder (named after her father's motorcycle) who has a rubber dick and is not afraid to use it to pay back Danny Winslow who has made her life a living hell. At times funny and touching, but more often sad, these stories provide a glimpse into the lives of today's teens. Sex, obscenities, self mutilation, and that rubber dick (seemingly Joy's favorite toy since she was little) makes this a book for mature teens.
VOYA - Francisca Goldsmith
The title reflects both metaphoric and actual spilling of the life force in every encounter comprising this novel. Stolarz, author of Blue Is for Nightmares (Llewellyn, 2003/VOYA April 2004), offers ten young narrators who describe the drama of daily life across eleven hours of a summer day. Ranging in age from eleven to just over twenty-one and connected to each other through friendship, passion, loneliness, lust, accident, and birth, the narrators' stories and viewpoints stand well clarified and unique, with the building tensions among them creating a unifying force. Kelly's best friend, Nicole, loses her virginity to Sean, Kelly's boyfriend, while Kelly, three thousand miles from their Massachusetts home, is finally meeting Robby, a young man with whom she has been infatuated throughout his prison term. Maria, friend to both Kelly and Nicole, gets Sadie to add to the bleeding scratches Maria is collecting compulsively on her arm-but then Sadie has to go home to face the bloodless abuse her mother metes out in the name of parental concern. When Kelly deserts Robby at the diner where they meet, he winds up with the waitress, Joy, and does not murder her despite their revisiting the scene of the crime that sent him to prison. Plot and character are equally important here, and the author is clever enough to keep the story arcs braided rather than tangled. Although none of the characters is wholly likeable, their motives and emotions are credible and each has at least one sympathetic facet.
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up-Stolarz has written a funny, yet poignant book of interconnecting short stories in which the lives of 10 teenagers are seamlessly woven together. The stories take place over the course of one day, and as the characters' lives cross paths, it becomes evident that any decisions made can and will influence the others-sometimes unintentionally. The collection runs the gamut of teen problems: Nicole sleeps with her best friend's boyfriend; Mearl longs for family roots; Joy, a waitress, is taunted by school bullies and wants to retaliate; Sadie is overweight and her sister is jealous of the popular Kelly. Derik thinks that he can have any girl he wants, and Sean, Kelly's boyfriend, just wants to do the right thing. The author demonstrates the ability to identify with today's teen experience, and she portrays the accompanying behavior and language realistically. While perhaps not a first purchase, the book does have broad young adult appeal.-Sharon Morrison, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant, OK Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Overlapping short stories about a group of related young people all take place one Saturday in August. It's a good gimmick, but the precisely written narratives, which are mostly about loneliness, betrayal and heartbreak, are anything but gimmicky. What they are is sad, sad, sad, and since most of the kids that populate Stolarz's desolate teenage landscape live in dysfunctional families and are odious themselves, readers have almost no one to care about. For example, Nicole has sex with her best friend's boyfriend, while the so-called best friend is off meeting her romantic pen pal, a man who's just been released from prison for murdering his girlfriend. Meanwhile, another friend, the emotionally and physically scarred Maria, touches herself in front of her mother's boyfriend for pocket money, while poor overweight Sadie's diet-obsessed mother pins a sign to her shirt that says, "Please Do Not Feed Sadie." Although this collection ends on a note of hope, it is almost unbearably bleak. (Short stories. YA)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786838554
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Publication date:
04/22/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Laurie Faria Stolarz is the author of Project 17 and Bleed, as well as the highly popular young adult novels Blue Is for Nightmares, White Is for Magic, Silver Is for Secrets, and Red Is for Remembrance. Born and raised in Salem, Massachusetts, Stolarz attended Merrimack College and received an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College in Boston. For more information, please visit her Web site at www.lauriestolarz.com.

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Bleed 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 178 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I new from my friends that this book was edgy and different. Did not disappoint. Not like the series books, but would reccommend to anyone sick of reading the same stuff.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just came from the petition page and thought I'd write a review of this amazing novel that needs a sequel. I loved it. It gave me a lot to think about. Sadie was my favorite. I felt for her. I also like the whole love story with sean and nicole and kelly. Great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has to be my favorite of all Laurie's books. If you're too young to read it, turn away, pick something else. It isn't what's on teh surface that's the greatest here, it's what's underneath. Seriously, I've read this book at least 12 times and I find something new each time. I cry, laugh, get angry, feel all sorts of emotions with each page I turn. Love, love, love it!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book needs to be read over and over to understand the themes here. There's so much going on, you just might miss it if you're not paying attention. I was riveted.
Crimson-Ink More than 1 year ago
I was looking for something edgier to read, and this was definitely it. Stolarz did an excellent job of writing believable characters and placing them in situations that are realistic. I really loved how all characters were connected and it was interesting to see what each person really thought of the other. The ending bothered me, since there were so many loose ends that weren't tied up. Unless she plans on writing a sequel, the open ending is pretty irritating. I wouldn't recommend the book for immature or younger readers, since it is pretty graphic. Overall though, I think it's worth the read; it's something different.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alot of people didn't like this book, but I absolutely loved it..Especially the last chapter which was in Sean's point of view...when he finally realized what was in front of him all along...omqq..I absolutely fell in love with this book..and I disagree with the other ppl who wrote a review saying they hated it...I don't think I wasted my money..n i loved most of the characters especially Nicole, Maria, and Sean...
Rose_of_Turbansk More than 1 year ago
I'm a very big reader, and I usually don't give harsh critiques, but this book was AWFUL. If you're a fan of plot or good character development, don't read this book. In all but one or two chapters, teens end up having sex, and not good sex. It's the "I'm totally out of control and not in charge of my hormones" sex. If that's what you're looking for, then go ahead and read it, but otherwise this whole book is just a compilation of over-used stereotypical themes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only thing this book is good for is using it as a tampon.
bunglebee More than 1 year ago
Sorry, didn't like this one. I've read the Blue is for...series, and while it was a bit juvenile in content, there was something compelling about the series that kept me reading. While I did finish Bleed, I don't know why I did. I tried to like it, but all the juvenile content was there without that extra incentive to keep reading. Each chapter is about a different character, but all the stories overlap in some way. All the characters are somewhat flawed, but the flaws don't make every one sympathetic. I found most of the characters hard to like and even failed to appreciate the obvious humor in one chapter. It's too full of teenage drama, backstabbing and angst for anyone who appreciates the YA genre for the quality of the story. Follow me as readerbarbara on blogspot :)
Bug-a-Boo More than 1 year ago
I really liked Laurie Faria Stolarz's "Blue is For Nightmares" series but this book creeped me out. It was disgusting and after the first few pages I couldn't read it ay more. I also don't reccomend it because it was not as wee written as her other books.
missygdiva More than 1 year ago
my friend had recommended the book to me saying that it was a must read. i agreed. There'd not much of a story line to it, making it different, but it's still good. it's funny in some parts. It's a little suspenseful but not like her other books. it was very interesting though how the characters interacted but their stories never really overlapped, but you find out their relations and what they have in common.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Who knew that in the course of one day so much could happen, not only to you but to everyone around you. But of course in real life, we only witness what happens to ourselves. Laurie Faria Stolarz takes the lives of ten teenagers who are all connected somehow, and shows how their lives can become so complicated in just one single day.

There's Nicole Bouchard, who is tired of her reputation as being the good girl and wants to change that by acting on feelings that she has had for quite some time. It won't only shock people but can hurt her best friend, Kelly Pickerel, who is in California, not only to visit her father, but her convict friend, Robby Mardonia, the guy she has been writing to. She desperately wants to be with him even though she already has a boyfriend, Sean O'Connell.

Sean, the guy who seems to be second-guessing all the choices he's made and now wants to change them. Then there's Maria Krito, who soon discovers that a best friend may not necessarily be someone who is willing to cut her, even though that's the only way for Sadie Dubinsky to finally become her friend. Sadie, the eleven-year-old who isn't the ideal size or weight or even the girl that her mother wants her to be, and the one that has to be constantly compared to her older, meaner sister, Ginger. Ginger Dubinsky, who has the chance to get back at Kelly for embarrassing her.

There's also Derek LaPointe, who soon finds out that looks can't get him the girl he wants, Mearl Aremian. Her odd nature may not be for Derek, but it can help others figure out their lives. Last but not least there's Joy Ryder, a fifteen-year-old waitress who is sick of all the childish boys that she has to deal with, and will learn a dark secret when she tries to get back at the one boy who made her life miserable.

Ten teens, ten stories full of complications and problems that will leave the reader wondering what happens to the lives around them.

BLEED is a very entertaining read that is much different from the other works of Laurie Faria Stolarz. Its deep messages and risqué language will make the reader feel pain, sorrow, and happiness for the characters, which are all well-developed. Readers will be pulled into every story, even if they don't like the person the story is about. Stolarz does her best to capture the hidden feelings that are felt by the person themselves.

As a warning, though, the language used is most definitely not suitable for kids in eighth-grade and below.
Jenn_16 More than 1 year ago
My friend introduced this book to me about a year ago. I've read it three times and I plan to read it again. It's written from the perspective of 10 teenagers struggling with their own problems, yet somehow coming together at the same time. Just like all other humans in the world, they grow, learn, change, and bleed. While dealing with friends, love, family, and being on your own, it introduces you to the problems that teenagers from all different social classes have to deal with and makes you realize that nobody is perfect and sometimes what's best isn't exactly what you want.

READ THIS BOOK! I'm sure everyone can relate in one way or another.
readalicious More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book and told all my friends about it. i hope she does the sequel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is just the thing for teens to read. The book has some non-P.G. things in it, but over all this is a GREAT BOOK. i recommnd buying it for any teen
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book, but only for mature people. In much of the book there were eather thoughts or actions of sextuality. Don't get me wrong it is still a great book but you must be ready to acsept the fact of sex. There were parts when actual sex took place and one part of sompone stripping and touthing themselfs. Pretty much all of the book had some sextualiy in it. Be prepared!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Borrowed it from an old friend and never gave it back. This book oddly somehow trapped me and became my favorite. I would reread all the time. Although it's amazing anyone under 13-14 should read it because of the sexual parts of some chapters. It's a great read so whatever you do please please please read this book!!
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I regret reading this book. The book was pointless. There was no theme to it. Every time you thought something was about to happen, the whole conflict just ended.  I was so disappointed! The only reason I read the whole book was because I kept giving the story a chance to redeem its self with a surprising part. The book had many sex scenes and many immature chapters. I don't recommend reading this book,   it will be a waste of your time. Sorry
carolvo More than 1 year ago
This book was confusing, it needed to be way longer because there were way too many characters! If it had been more detailed and if the author took a bit more time to explain the characters better it would have been a great book but the ending of some stories jwas just ridiculous and I didn't get it at all. Everything was rushed in this book.
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I love this book i could not put it down i will be reading more from Laurie Faria Stolary!!!!!!!!!!! :D
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