Not Like I'm Jealous or Anything: The Jealousy Book

Not Like I'm Jealous or Anything: The Jealousy Book

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by Marissa Walsh

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We’ve all been there. We’ve all felt that pang. It’s hard to stop the “green-eyed monster” once it rears its ugly head. We asked 13 writers to share their visions of jealousy and this collection of short stories, essays, and one poem was their response.

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We’ve all been there. We’ve all felt that pang. It’s hard to stop the “green-eyed monster” once it rears its ugly head. We asked 13 writers to share their visions of jealousy and this collection of short stories, essays, and one poem was their response.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
An emotion oft felt but rarely confessed is the subject of Not Like I'm Jealous or Anything: The Jealousy Book, a collection of a dozen writings edited by Marissa Walsh. The opening piece, "I Think They Got Your Numbah" by Siobhan Adcock, adroitly reveals the inadequacies felt by a girl whose parents can only afford for her to have three guests at her birthday party. Another moving story, Irina Reyn's "Fifty Percent," explores the sibling rivalry between two adopted children separated in age by 17 years. Ranging in character from wistful to silly, these selections expose many different shades of green. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Thirteen writers share their visions of jealousy in short stories, essays, and a poem. Just look at the Table of Contents to get hooked on this book! What a way to get reluctant readers to pick up books (plus it is a paperback!). The print is easy to read and it is in color. One can read them in a short amount of time. The stories run the gambit of emotions and events. Sometimes it was a bit difficult to tell why they were included in the collection--the editor was quite insightful, so definitely read the information in the back about her. Don't miss reading about each of the contributors after each entry. You will be amazed, and you will find one or more that strikes home. This is a book that may sell itself in libraries or a bookstore. If not, a good library/book person/teacher will see that it gets to the right clientele. It is real life that deserves a place in your collection. 2006, Delacorte Press/Random House, Ages 12 to 18.
—Naomi Butler
The short stories, essays, and poetry in this clever collection highlight the universal theme of jealousy. Several well-known authors contributed their work, including E. Lockhart, Ned Vizzini, and Susan Juby. As editor Marissa Walsh writes in the introduction, "We're all green about something." The jealousy talked about here doesn't always pertain to romantic relationships. In "I Think They Got Your Numbah," all Gwen wants is a cool birthday party to keep up with her friends, but her family is poor and her father is an alcoholic. "A Genius for Sauntering" tells how much Greta enjoys walking home from school with Ben, until he receives a car for his birthday. She knows their relationship will never be the same now that he is like every other boy who focuses on his car. There are several fun features in this book that will attract and amuse readers. The print is green, to go with the theme. At the end of the book there is an "Extras" section, just like on a DVD, which includes book, music and movie suggestions, and even a list of all of Crayola's names for green crayons. Some mature content makes this more appropriate for a senior high collection. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2006, Random House, Delacorte, 190p., Ages 15 to adult.
—Olivia Durant
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Short stories, essays, and a poem about the green monster. The highlight is a pair of essays: "The Driver: Me and Marty Beckerman" by Ned Vizzini and "Why I'm Jealous of Ned Vizzini" by-you guessed it-Marty Beckerman. Dyan Sheldon presents the most serious take on the topic with a tale of an abusively controlling boyfriend, and E. Lockhart delights with another hilarious Ruby Oliver escapade la The Boyfriend List (Delacorte, 2005). Other contributions include an angst-ridden confessional of how jealousy ruined the author's teen years, a story of love destroyed by jealousy of a car, two well-written forays into the topic of sibling rivalry, and several less-memorable pieces. As a collection, however, the book does a good job of examining various aspects of an emotion (and character-driving literary device) rarely approached directly in YA literature. Back matter includes dictionary definitions of "jealousy" and "envy" and lists of books and online articles about the topic, and of other things green. An entertaining read and a good invitation to introspection.-Rhona Campbell, Washington DC Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This literary collection touts jealousy as its theme, a subject with which many self-exploring teens can identify as they size up their worlds in comparison to their that of their peers-and invariably find something to covet. Many of the characters in the pieces contained here-such as Jaclyn Moriarty's and E. Lockhart's-do just that, although many conclude that they have something of their own to be thankful for in the end. Back-to-back essays by Ned Vizzini and Marty Beckerman humorously shed light on the fact that heroes have insecurities, too, and Dyan Sheldon explores the dangers of a jealous boyfriend. As the title for one contribution states, "We're all green about something." As if to illustrate this point, the editor unabashedly admits to an almost-constant state of envy, and an extra section at the end of the collection contains lists of songs, movies and other things that deal with this emotion. The editor may have done well to glorify the "green-eyed monster" a little less, but the pieces are well-written and entertaining, and the collection is cohesively crafted. (Anthology. YA)

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