The First Line: It was cute until is an anthology of short stories written by young adults, for young adults. The second edition features writers between the ages of 12-15. When It's Over, Laura Grace Wright: A life is forever changed after a group of lifelong friends go on a beach trip. This starts as a teen romance but evolves into a personal and accessible story of facing the unthinkable. The narrative is very human and very sincere. Sparrowsong, Arianna Jian-Nafir: The world of Sparrowsong is filled with guns, gangs and secrets. It's a place where looks alone could mean death. But is the danger closer than you think? Dark, tragic, dangerous and addicting. The author has a solid foundation of the use of relationships between characters and narration. Alias AQ- After being fired from the NCIS and the CIA, a 16-year old spy codenamed Alias AQ goes after a corrupt politician. The story revolves around a very charismatic know-it-all spy and we wouldn't have it any other way. Very funny, fast-paced and entertaining. Upside, Carissa DiGeso- Upside is a tale of friendship and trust. Will the upcoming art contest come between Alice and Forsyth? The author creates a memorable personality for each character in a very short amount of time. This enriches the story and adds to its anecdotal side. Heaven, Monica Doebel: Bailey is tortured by a secret that forces her to push everyone away. This story deals with grief, shame and recovery in a very realistic manner. The subtlety yet detailed plot makes the characters in this story very human. Racing Towards Freedom, Andi Pollock: Shinning Star is taken from his home and thrown into the world of horseracing. Yet the only thing he yearns for is his freedom.Racing Towards Freedom is very creative. It keeps things simple which adds a certain childish charm that makes this story very unique. I'm Not a Rock, Allie Miszewski: The new kid in town decides to turn into a rock but she finds aid in the most unlikely source. If you've ever moved to a new place, you can relate to this comedic tale of uncertainty and eccentricities. Family before Lovers, Carey Shook: Amber and her brother lost their parents to a car wreck. Now, her brother's fiancee has taken over the family. Should Amber be thankful? What happens when an authority figure is abusing their power? This story tackles that question and we get to sit back and watch the drama unfold.
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