The Worst Years of Your Life: Stories for the Geeked-Out, Angst-Ridden, Lust-Addled, and Deeply Misunderstood Adolescent in All of Us

The Worst Years of Your Life: Stories for the Geeked-Out, Angst-Ridden, Lust-Addled, and Deeply Misunderstood Adolescent in All of Us

A delightful and terrifying collection of twenty short stories, edited by critically acclaimed writer and novelist Mark Jude Poirier. Adolescence. Fortunately it's over with early and once you've finished paying for therapy, there's still a chance to move on with your life. The Worst Years of Your Life says it all: angst, depression, growing pains, puberty, nasty boys and A delightful and terrifying collection of twenty short stories, edited by critically acclaimed writer and novelis...

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Title:The Worst Years of Your Life: Stories for the Geeked-Out, Angst-Ridden, Lust-Addled, and Deeply Misunderstood Adolescent in All of Us
Author:Mark Jude Poirier
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Genres:Short Stories
ISBN:The Worst Years of Your Life
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:400 pages pages

The Worst Years of Your Life: Stories for the Geeked-Out, Angst-Ridden, Lust-Addled, and Deeply Misunderstood Adolescent in All of Us Reviews

  • rachelle
    Aug 21, 2007
    We get loads of free books at the office, and when the higher-ups don't want them they tend to trickle down. This one, about the adolescent years, was offered directly to me. I'm not sure if I should be offended or proud. ...
  • Alvin
    Nov 15, 2007
    A terrific and varied collection about that peroiod of maturation when we're all likely to sustain some serious psychic damage. ...
  • Ellis
    May 28, 2008
    I seemed unable to read as much as I wanted this summer, but I just finished this one. A collection of short stories about adolescence. Difficult to rate because some stories I enjoyed very much and others I felt rather indifferent about. However, I would recommend it, as I rather enjo...
  • David
    May 22, 2010
    This was a mixed bag, like all anthologies. Based on Mark Jude Poirier's excellent coming-of-age novel, "Goats", I was hoping for something out of the ordinary. But the stories in this collection rarely transcend your typical adolescent angst. There are, of course, subtypes: adolesc...
  • Nicole
    Nov 06, 2007
    an excellent reminder of exactly why i never want to be thirteen again, yet profound, poignant, and funny. ...
  • Carrie
    Sep 02, 2007
    I follow a very loose definition of bildungsroman. ...
  • Jennifer Axcell
    May 28, 2008
    Be careful what you wish for. This book will have you reliving your own worst childhood memories. ...
  • Beth
    Dec 14, 2007
    The Worst Years of Your Life is a great book. There are standout authors, and standout stories but all are good in their own right. Really funny in a painful way. I think all of you ladies would like it. * I mean ladies in the loosest way possible of course* ...
  • Erin
    Jun 27, 2008
    Love the concept of this book (stories about the awkward, awful time of adolescences), but some of the stories very loosely were linked to the theme. There are some standouts though including George Saunders's "Bohemians" (which I believe is also in the 2005 nonrequired reading collect...
  • Joey Jo
    Jan 05, 2008
    I was excited to read this book; but was sorely disappointed. Most of the stories focus on bully/bullied relationships in the typical way: for males, an overt hatred; for females, friends who pretend to like you but then stab you in the back. The third category of stories - sexual e...
  • Carrie
    Mar 31, 2008
    This was a lovely connection of short stories about the awkwardness of being a teenager. A few brought serious tears to my eyes, and many made me laugh. I definitely recommend it. ...
  • Dayna
    Sep 03, 2008
    I had no intention of reading this whole thing, but got sucked in. For the most part enjoyable (some, in the squirmy self-recognition way)tales of adolescence. Great to read right before bedtime. Leads to nightmares of high school. ...
  • Maggie
    Dec 01, 2007
    This is an interesting collection of short stories all focusing on life as an adolescent. I related to some of the experiences/emotions of a few of the characters, but many of the teens in this collection are pretty screwy--case in point the "A Real Doll" story featuring a talking Barb...
  • Elizabeth
    Apr 17, 2010
    a compilation of short stories written by people you've heard of and hopefully read. the stories are written with a lot of candor and seem to focus on the puberty stories of those not growing up easy breezy. if you struggled as a teenager, were lonely, picked on, had weird experiences ...
  • Olga
    Apr 03, 2008
    This is a great compilation of short stories. Admittedly, I had read most of them before - but it was fun to have them all together. ...
  • Betsy
    Jan 13, 2009
    I realized once again that I am not a huge fan of short stories. These stories were interesting, some even good, but I am more of a novel girl than a short story girl. ...
  • Stephanie Grover
    Aug 26, 2010
    The short stories included in this book made me feel like someone tapped into my diary for inspiration. The characters and situations made me laugh, cringe and sympathize with. The title definitely wraps up the comical stories that had me (only slightly) resenting that I hadn't thought...
  • katie king
    Feb 05, 2008
    this could've been so much better! to be fair, some of the stories were quite entertaining, but overall it fell flat as a collection. maybe i just wanted to read more about similar adolescence as mine... ...
  • Vee
    Aug 18, 2008
    This book is funny and has something everyone can relate to. However, there are some parts where the magic fades out and gets a little too boring for my taste. Anyone who remembers being a teenager will smile through all of the all-to-familiar embarrassing moments and enjoy themselves....
  • Oriana
    Feb 04, 2009
    This novel of short stories tells the experiences of 20 author's in middle and high school and how coping with the hardships of adolescence affected them. The book sort of gives puberty and adolescence a negative tone, but the funny, twisty-turny, and witty approach most of the authors...
  • Marie
    Nov 02, 2016
    One thing I liked about this anthology was that the editor gets out of the way. After the introduction, there are no summaries, no explanation on why he chose the stories he did - I can simply experience them myself and draw my own conclusions. Most of the stories in this collection...
  • Hollowspine
    Apr 01, 2010
    I really enjoyed reading these stories, many of which contained the phrase, "in that awkward phase," or "at that awkward age." I'm wondering though, if that age ever really ends. I don't remember ever entering into that phase or exiting from it. I often find myself in situations simila...
  • Eric McGreevy
    Apr 29, 2009
    This fantastic book of short stories took me back to both the best and worst of my junior high years. Painfully funny and hilariously sad it revisits the trials and tribulations of the most difficult years of most folks' lives. It's been almost a year since I read it and I can still vi...
  • Fayette
    Jul 27, 2015
    This anthology was very hit or miss for me. I loved the beautifully written, bittersweet "Note to Sixth-Grade Self." However many of the other stories were too dark, violent or disturbing for me to want to carry on reading. They were well written, that wasn't my problem with it. Just t...
  • Bob
    Sep 09, 2014
    Most of these stories were unpleasant to me, but in a true and unsettling way, and the best, Chris Adrian's "A Child's Book of Sickness and Death" actually shocking. The writing seemed uniformly good: "There was some simple, radical difference about him; he hoped it was genius, fe...
  • Stephen Dorneman
    Jul 28, 2013
    Although this anthology does capture the "geeked-out, angst-ridden, lust-addled" moments of adolescence well, it does so with stories of damaged teens and tweens that often rely on identification with the moment more than coherent plot and, particularly, satisfying endings. Perhaps tha...
  • Kert Tandog
    Sep 22, 2012
    The compilation is funny at its best, but for the most part something is lacking. It's probably because the stories in the book aren't really the ones I can relate with -- as I live in a very different context and setting. ...
  • Richard Van Camp
    Nov 08, 2012
    If I ever teach a course on Young Adult literature, this will be one of the required texts. In The Worst Years of Your Life, published by Simon & Schuster Paperbacks. Mark Jude Pairier has gathered 20 stories about adolescence. The Worst Years of Your Life is a great read?well, m...
  • Lisa
    Jan 02, 2017
    Very hit or miss anthology where adult writers contribute stories about adolescence. I struggled to get through a few of these, but it's entirely worth it for the best story in the bunch, "A Child's Book of Sickness and Death," which chronicles the pain, frustration, and strangeness of...
  • Christian Cassese
    Feb 19, 2019
    This book can be either or, some of the stories are amazing, I loved them and some are ?eh? but all in all there are more good than bad. ...