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Feature: All For Love by Kat Colmer

I'm teaching a section of 8th grade English this semester. After reading a popular classical short story with my students, I realized I've never read a contemporary short story. I decided to give it a try and picked up this collection of sweet shorts. CHECK THEM OUT HERE.


Blind to his best friend’s feelings, Noah asks Tessa to help him win another girl’s heart. Breaking all the rules, scholarship kid Kahled befriends rich girl Hannah. Apprentice florist Eve has given up on nice guys until Finn walks into the shop. Liam doesn’t expect to find love among the museum exhibits, but then he runs into Avery.

From a gnome-napping caper to a jewelry heist, these delightful young adult short stories explore the sweet, crazy and brave things we do … All For Love.

What I Liked About This Book - Kat is in a few of my writing groups, but I'd never read anything by her. After reading these short stories, I'm excited to try a full length book. I really appreciated her style. She was concise and to the point, which is important when the story is only a chapter long. The flow was good and the writing was expressive without being repetitive. Even though there wasn't a lot of fluff, she still managed to make me feel a connection between the characters. On a side note, Kat is Australian and I found the different cultural nuances both amusing and endearing. If you like short stories, or you've never read one, but want to give it a whirl, pick these up. They're worth your $0.99.

Appropriate For - The content is sweet and good for all ages. Zero innuendo. There's not enough time for relationships to progress to inappropriate. However, there are half a dozen swears including one S*** and one B****. (No F Words) I didn't bat an eyelash at them, but if that's something you're sensitive to, beware.

About The Author - Kat Colmer is a Sydney-based Young Adult author who writes coming-of-age stories with humor and heart. She has a Master of Education in Teacher Librarianship and loves working with teens and young adults. When not writing, teaching, or reading the latest in YA fiction, Kat spends time with her husband and two children.

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