Toxic Love

Overview

Selected by the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association as one of the PSLA YA Top Forty Fiction Titles 2003

Toxic Love is a distinctive collection of short stories by Linda Holeman, each exploring love in all its touching, tragic, and often funny permutations.

In the title story “Toxic Love”, Carla is an intellectual with a stutter, a dweeb. She’s also an incurable romantic. Feeling isolated in her country town, she tries to dream up ...

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Overview

Selected by the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association as one of the PSLA YA Top Forty Fiction Titles 2003

Toxic Love is a distinctive collection of short stories by Linda Holeman, each exploring love in all its touching, tragic, and often funny permutations.

In the title story “Toxic Love”, Carla is an intellectual with a stutter, a dweeb. She’s also an incurable romantic. Feeling isolated in her country town, she tries to dream up romances for her English teacher, Miss Kleinfeld, and a handsome colleague. Carla is shocked from her giggly wishful daydreams when she realizes that Miss Kleinfeld’s love was never available. In the hilarious “Something Fishy” the narrator is looking for some excitement in her ho-hum suburban life, and almost without meaning to, she tells a whopper of a lie. The excitement that follows is more than she bargained for.

First published in 1995 as Saying Good-bye, this brilliant collection of work by Linda Holeman navigates through the landscape of adolescence with sympathy and heart.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“[Holeman] creates characters so familiar that it’s almost impossible not to place yourself right in the story. This is a writer who can weave such a spell that a dilemma can become your dilemma and your gut tightens with the stress.”
The Globe and Mail

“I think it may be the best book of the year’s books for young adults.”
Ottawa Citizen

“…these thought-provoking and perceptive narratives manage effectively to capture difficult and often awkward coming-of-age moments with clarity and compassion… Holeman successfully captures the quintessence of adolescence; her characters are skillfully drawn and believable… The narratives and rich with detail and imagery… The collections should be a part of every junior and senior high school library – a good choice for book talks…Highly Recommended.”
CM Magazine

KLIATT
In this absorbing collection of stories, Canadian author Linda Holeman explores intricate, heartrending goodbyes. Poignant, tender, haunting and raw, these ten stories share not only emotional qualities and theme, but also exquisite voice. "Something Fishy" compares a teenager's desire for popularity to the greed of a fisherman's wife in the fable about a magic fish. In "Pas Seul," an adolescent girl must suffer the consequences of her mother's dreams and somehow find her own. One of the more chilling tales, "Shasta," puts the reader inside the head of a girl who is a bystander to a date rape. "Love Unrequited" provides one of the more shocking revelations when a child imagines a love affair between two of her teachers. A teen learns an important lesson in life from a circus performer in "Show Time," while "Looking Out for Dayna" deals with the subject of homelessness. Regardless of topic, Holeman introduces fictional characters so universal and real that to remain untouched by their lives, to fail to ponder their experiences after the last page is turned, is virtually impossible. While soft in voice, Linda Holeman delivers her stories with a hard, resounding punch that will not soon be forgotten. KLIATT Codes: S*; Exceptional book, recommended for senior high school students. 2003, Tundra, 179p.,
— Lynne Remick
VOYA
This book offers a commendable mélange of stories, some moving, others destined for mediocrity. The diversity of portraits Holeman paints ensures at least one character with whom to identify-the mysterious newcomer, the romantic dreamer, the tough runaway, the disappointed dancer, the loving granddaughter. Tying these young women together is a shared progression towards truth and a newfound understanding of love. Reading this book is watching a film without sound, the black-and-white cover with the pink thrown in, something dreamlike and haunting. It pulls you in with a quiet potency that's slow to release. VOYA Codes: 4Q 3P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2003, Tundra, 179p,
— Jing Cao, Teen Reviewer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887766473
  • Publisher: Tundra
  • Publication date: 5/20/2003
  • Pages: 180
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.19 (w) x 7.63 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Holeman has written short stories and poetry for adults. Her work for young adults include the highly-acclaimed novels Promise Song, Mercy’s Birds, Raspberry House Blues, all of which were selected for the Books for the Teen Age list by the New York Public Library. Her latest young adult novel is Search of the Moon King’s Daughter. Linda Holeman lives in Winnipeg.
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