One Hot Second

One Hot Second

by Cathy Young
     
 

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Sex. It's on the minds of every teenager, whether they're having it, not having it, talking about it, or just thinking about it. In this powerful collection, 11 acclaimed writers for young people capture the various expressions of desire-from first crushes to first times, and all of the charged emotions in between. Here, a sleek new teammate becomes more than a friend

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Sex. It's on the minds of every teenager, whether they're having it, not having it, talking about it, or just thinking about it. In this powerful collection, 11 acclaimed writers for young people capture the various expressions of desire-from first crushes to first times, and all of the charged emotions in between. Here, a sleek new teammate becomes more than a friend; a hopeful date feels his evening unravel; a pale boy delivers a sweet but terrible kiss; a wise girl discovers the real rules about love.

Jennifer Armstrong, Sarah Dessen, Emma Donoghue, Nancy Garden, Angela Johnson, Victor Martinez, Norma Fox Mazer, Rachel Vail, Rich Wallace, Ellen Wittlinger, and Jacqueline Woodson have crafted original stories that are as complex and provocative as desire itself. Because anything can happen in one hot second.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
"The authors approach the topic of desire from a variety of angles in these 11 sometimes humorous, sometimes haunting short stories," wrote PW. Ages 12-up. (Jan.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
VOYA
Teenagers who look at the title of this book and read it hoping for steamy sex stories might be disappointed. The eleven stories in this anthology were interesting but not particularly thrilling. I did admire their open-mindedness, though�the crushes and loves and kisses did not focus entirely on heterosexual couples. A few of the stories stand out, such as Driving Her Wild by Jennifer Armstrong, with a surprise ending that made me laugh out loud. Who Hears the Fish Cry by Norma Fox Mazer was unusual, but it seemed as if it would have been more successful as a novel. Overall, this book was good. The stories were well written, but in most cases, they were too short for me to really have time to invest my feelings in what happened to the characters. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2002, Knopf, 239p,
— Deana Rutherford, Teen Reviewer
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-This anthology carries the look of teen soaps, but between the covers, the selections are powerful and rewarding. Rich Wallace, a master in understated nuance, delivers a coming-of-age experience where one suddenly weighs and assesses one's place in the teen social sphere. The setting is a weekend seminar, when bright kids from various backgrounds are lumped together for their intellectual well-being. The main character is stung by his narrow-minded assumptions, and therefore ruins the potential of his own fantasy. Victor Martinez's intriguing work is rich in setting. The author matches a country boy's earnestness against the poise and sophistication of the high school heartthrob. Using a summer date at a fair, he throws in a tag-along little sister and draws characters that are singularly identifiable while collectively at odds. A leveling ingredient for even the most ardent teen is humor. Rachel Vail's One Hot Second is a tongue-in-cheek story that swells with all the laugh-out-loud highs, and lows, of first kisses. Nancy Garden and Jacqueline Woodson explore first gay/lesbian relationships. While Garden's is predictable and mushy, Woodson's is subtle and stylish, exposing a painful shard of what it's like to be young, bright, and different. The strength of this collection is in its broad literary expanse and the inclusion of so many notable YA authors. It's not a title that will keep hearts racing, but it will keep pages turning. Readers will feel an affinity with real teens discovering their self-worth within the sphere of the high school dating scene.-Alison Follos, North Country School, Lake Placid, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Twelve incandescent short stories work as guaranteed attention-getters for older adolescents. Featuring some of the best YA writers in the business, this collection concentrates on the fleeting moments of first love. Some protagonists win and some lose, but all learn new lessons about life. Most of the stories deal with sex, although readers will find nothing pornographic here. Ellen Wittlinger begins with an insightful portrayal of an innocent girl confronting the death of a boy she loved from afar, leading her to understand the difference between real love and adolescent fantasies. Nancy Garden, Jacqueline Woodson, and Emma Donoghue supply gay and lesbian entries, all sensitively done. The rest, by such luminaries as Norma Fox Mazer and Victor Martinez, explore the often-fumbling attempts at heterosexual love of boys and girls trying to be men and women. Among the subjects are a young poet who loses his first real chance for sex, a fat girl who loses weight and finally confronts the years of insecurity it has caused her, and a girl who escapes her awful home life with a boy who matches her love of offbeat music. Simply put, these stories are stunners. Deep, bold, and tender, they touch the reality of adolescence. Young readers will find subject matter they crave, and more. (Fiction. YA)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440237839
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
01/13/2004
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
4.15(w) x 6.85(h) x 0.55(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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