Falling Hard

Falling Hard

100 Love Poems by Teenagers

Book - 2008
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"The teen poets in this lively anthology knock greeting-card clichés even as they celebrate their romance and their passion...From the pain of breakup and denial to affection and desire, the feelings in these poems will ring true to gay and straight teens alike." -- BOOKLIST

"But what I'll really mean is
are you ready to dive in?
This is not falling,
this is landing."

-- From "Gift" by Portia Carryer, age 16

The poets are straight, gay, lesbian, bi, or transgender. They live next door or across an ocean; they are innocent or experienced; their lyric explorations range from new love to stale love, obsession to ennui, ecstasy to heartbreak, and every nuance in between. Whether the romantic escapades described are touching, comical, or tragic, whether the feelings expressed are tender and sweet or brutal and biting, readers will find the love these young poets openly share to be exquisitely, excruciatingly, endlessly fascinating. Here is a collection to turn to again and again, because life and love keep on changing.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. :, Candlewick Press,, 2008.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780763634377
Branch Call Number: Y 811.608 FA
Characteristics: 144 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Franco, Betsy


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x_bloodline Aug 19, 2011

I enjoyed most of the poems in this book. Some of them expressed very strong feelings and were very relateable but some of them were pretty far out and a little weird. <3

Jul 04, 2011

This collection of poems is special not only because they are all love poems, but because they are all written by teens. 100 poems carefully selected to represent teens from all over, making the speaker racially and sexually diverse.
I will admit that I didn't love every one of the poems, but poetry is hit-or-miss. The poems ranged from silly, to wishful thinking, to sad, and sensual. All in all, I loved this collection of poems, and hope teens will also write so well from the heart.


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