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Love & profanity : a collection of true, tortured, wild, hilarious, concise, and intense tales of teenage life
Physical Description:
231 pages ; 20 cm
General Note:
Subtitle on cover: True, tortured, wild, hilarious, and intense tales of teenage life.

Includes indexes.
Love & profanity. Three stories about water and vomiting / Breathless / Girl fight / Power drift / Polypropylene / Why is it wet here? / M-E-L I-S-S-A / I don't believe you / Vietnam, Minnesota / Island girls / Love & phsyics. The ranks of a million guys / Confession / First gear / Just back from the dentist / Ambushed / A ghost in the mall / A most dangerous game / The causeway / Orchard / Weightless / Love & madness. After the party / On the third day / How to succeed by actually trying / Ten years ago / End of the half / Suspended / Girl/thing / Saying goodbye to Anna / The catch / The world in a stump / Mosquito man / Love & apologies. Warrior / Dating magic / Big red / Confessions of a pretend boyfriend / Solo / Singing along / Hard to swallow / Best friends / Smiling Joe / The latter days of Jean / All treasures / Letter to my sixteen-year-old self
Reading Level:
900 L Lexile
"A collection of short, true stories by well-known and up-and-coming YA authors on the teenage experience"--


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Love & Profanity features more than forty brief, brilliant, and unforgettable true stories from writers both renowned and on the rise. Discover strange and surprising scenes of people coming of age amidst the everyday intensity of teenage life. Witness transformative moments arising from the mundane. Behold the young adult in full splendor and horror, bursting with love and profanity.

Author Notes

Kwame Alexander is a poet, children's book author, playwright, producer, speaker, and performer. His books include And Then You Know: New and Selected Poems, Crush: Love Poems, Family Pictures: Poems and Photographs Celebrating Our Loved Ones, and Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band. He won the 2015 John Newbery Medal for his bestselling novel The Crossover. Since 2006, his Book-in-a-Day writing and publishing program has created more than 2500 student authors in 50 schools across the U.S., and in Canada and the Caribbean.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 5

Publisher's Weekly Review

More than 40 brief true stories from Pete Hautman, Alison McGhee, Adam Rex, Jon Scieszka and others address a vast range of experiences and emotions that will be painfully familiar to teens or anyone who ever was one. Several stories, like Rachael Hanel's "Best Friends," describe moments of defining heartbreak ("Jenni's break from me was so clean and fast that it left me spinning"), while Natalie Singer-Velush's "A Ghost in the Mall" captures that perennial feeling of not belonging: "I know the prerequisites for fitting into the world around me.... But I don't have the key to get in." Ali Catt ("Polypropylene") and Clint Edwards ("I Don't Believe You") recount moments of excruciating public humiliation, Melodie Heide ("First Gear") recalls the intoxicating freedom of driving, and Carrie Mesrobian ("Why Is It Wet Here?") and Steve Brezenoff ("Weightless") share stories of parties, "to which everyone on God's green earth is welcome because the parents are out of town." Hilarity, heartache, terror, regret, shame, and self-awakening can all be found in this collection of finely wrought moments in time. Ages 14-up. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

This collection of forty-three autobiographical short stories runs the gamut of high-school topics: family, friends, class, crushes, parties, awkwardness, bullying, sex, and more. Featuring such YA authors as Carrie Mesrobian, Steve Brezenoff, Pete Hautman, and Joseph Bruchac, the stories are painful, humorous, embarrassing, nostalgic, and insightful. But, as with many collections, some tales are stronger than others. Ind. (c) Copyright 2015. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

Friendship, love, family, school life, and coming-of-age: this collection of micromemoirs, edited by Healy (It Takes You Over, 2012), attempts to illustrate the entirety of the teenage experience. Dozens of authors, including Pete Hautman, Da Chen, Kwame Alexander, and Jon Sciezka, contribute stories that span decades and cross continents with predictably hit-or-miss results, as each relates a specific experience of their own teenage years. Hautman's story recalls an evening spent drinking with a Vietnam vet in Minnesota. Scieszka recounts a near miss with a horse while speeding around a blind corner on a gravel road. The collection is organized into four sections, and each entry, many never before published, is concise and punchy. Though as a whole this collection doesn't quite meet the lofty goal of capturing in its totality what it means to be a teenager, the brevity of the stories, the honesty of their authors, and their tidy organization lend themselves well to browsing, increasing the likelihood that teen readers will find something they connect with.--Szwarek, Magan Copyright 2015 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 8 Up-Short yet powerful autobiographical stories comprise this collection of consistently excellent, vivid writing. The 43 authors from various backgrounds include a few YA well-knowns-John Scieszka, Joseph Bruchac, Carrie Mesrobian, Will Weaver-and many new and upcoming names. The stories reflect the writers' adolescent experiences with conflict, bullying, family, school, friendship, unrequited love, sex, and more. They offer appeal mostly for high school teens and even adults, though there are several that would be appropriate for upper middle schoolers. Love, or the abysmal lack of it, is central to many of the stories, while profanity is primarily reflected in situations rather than word choice (though the language is occasionally graphic). The stories are, by turns, edgy, nostalgic, poignant, sad, and humorous, with some offering a combination of these qualities. Each selection is heartfelt and thought-provoking and could be a catalyst for intensive discussion. VERDICT Readers of Break These Rules: 35 YA Authors on Speaking up, Standing out, and Being Yourself edited by Luke Reynolds (Chicago Review, 2013) and Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves edited by E. Kristin Anderson and Miranda Kenneally (Zest, 2012), may appreciate this compilation.-Diane P. Tuccillo, Poudre River Public Library District, CO (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

Each of these 40-plus very short stories unveils a memory of being a teenager that is important to its respective writer.Markedly brief offerings from authors both well-known and less familiar make for an unusual and interesting read that is enormously successful in illustrating how different the lives of teens are from one another. For example, though they seem to involve a similar event, Geoff Herbach's ultimately haunting tale of being mistaken for a girl's tormentor after he ditches empty beer bottles left in his car in the wrong spot couldn't be more different from Carrie Mesrobian's wryly funny recollection of her panic at finding a spent party ball stashed in her family's board-game cupboard weeks after an illicit party at her house. Such issues as body image, cliques, family strife, economic status and popularity are recurring themes throughout and will resonate with teen readers. Less likely to do so are details such as listening to music on Discmans and watching MTV with VHS tapes at the ready to record a favorite video or playing pinball and drinking vodka-spiked Fresca. Teens who enjoy slice-of-life vignettes that evoke a specific time and place and adults who thrill to nostalgia will find a lot to like about these pithy, honestly awkward and poignant minimemoirs. (Memoir. 14 up) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.