Monday, March 18, 2013

One Teen Story: Issue I Review

The Deadline, written by Gayle Forman, is a short story that everyone can relate to. It is about a high-schooler named Mags who has been pining for the bad boy of the school, Grant Scott. It all starts when she discovers that they share a common interest of poetry. Unfortunately, Grant is the kind of boy who only dates the popular girls, especially the ones whose names end in “i” and his only interaction with Mags is when he is sharing his poetry with her and when he is in between girlfriends. But when Mags finally decides she needs to do something about her feelings, she gives herself a month, a deadline, to finally tell Grant how she feels. If something doesn’t happen between her and Grant by the time a month is over, she will forget all about him. 

Will Mags meet her deadline? 

I didn’t realize how much I loved short stories until recently, and when this issue arrived in the mail and I saw it was by Gayle Forman, I knew it was going to be good. I wasn’t expecting just how good it was going to be though. The Deadline is a really great story and one that I could have kept reading! I love the storyline and the fact that it is something everyone, especially a teenager can relate to. I couldn’t help but feel like the story itself was a form of poetry. It has the awkwardness of high school relationships, the determination to get that one thing you want, and the discovery of yourself or something better. Gayle Forman has once again shown her talent of writing and continues to be one of my favorite authors, both of the short story and novels. 

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