Slasher Girls & Monster Boys by April Genevieve Tucholke
Publisher: Dial Books
Published: August 18th, 2015
What an absolutely awesome book put together by an amazing author! I read April’s duology a couple months ago and I was blown away by how much I adored them both, so when I found out this book was in the library I went and checked it out and could not put it down. I confirmed how much of a chicken I am because when I tried to read this at night in bed, I got so creeped out that I couldn’t continue, so I just read them in the mornings. I love how the authors got inspiration from media, it was awesome trying to figure out the references before checking it out after the story.
Some of these authors I have not read anything of so it was great that this book gave me a preview of their words and I have to say that it makes me interested in reading what they have to say! Here is a list of the stories and the authors who wrote them:
- The Birds of Azalea Stree by Nova Ren Suma
- In the Forest Dark and Deep by Carrie Ryan
- Emmeline by Cat Winters
- Verse Chorus Verse by Leigh Bardugo
- Hide-And-Seek by Megan Shepherd
- The Dark, Scary Parts and All by Danielle Paige
- The Flicker, The Fingers, The Beat, The Sigh by April Genevieve Tucholke
- Fat Girl with a Knife by Jonathan Maberry
- Sleepless by Jay Kristoff
- M by Stefan Bachmann
- The Girl Without a Face by Marie Lu
- A Girl who Dreamed of Snow by McCormick Templeman
- Stitches by A. G. Howard
- On the I-5 by Kendare Blake
An example would be Jay Kristoff! I had not read any of his work but I was blown away by his short story, “Sleepless”, which took inspiration from Psycho and “Nothing to Gein” and told the story of a guy talking to a girl online, where they form a sort of online relationship. The story was not what I was expecting, and I loved it!
Another story I liked was “Emmeline” by Cat Winters, where basically you are introduced to this teenage girl in World War II in her attic. She meets an American Soldier who stumbles upon her and it’s all about their relationship, where you are shown her secret. Another moment where I taken by surprise because I that ending! And oh my gosh I loved how it ended!
But my favorite short story out of the entire book was “In the Forest Dark and Deep” by Carrie Ryan. It was inspired by Alice in Wonderland and that is one of my favorite movies. Mainly the Disney cartoon, but the live action version with Tina Majorino was awesome as well (I haven’t seen the live action movie with Johnny Depp yet…). It’s basically about a little girl who is obsessed with Alice in Wonderland, while time jumping between her 8 year old self and her 18 year old self. You are given the impression that something happened when she was a child, but aren’t given the answer until towards the end. I kind of expected the ending but it still shocked me; in a good and somewhat creepy way! It was unique to me, since I had not read a story that was like that before.
Highly recommend this book, you’ll love the many stories and will get completely invested in what is happening to each character as their story goes on! Let me know which story was your favorite and why! I’d love to hear about that! Let me know if you didn’t like the stories I choose as well, it’d be interesting to get your opinions on that!