United under the banner of flash fiction, this is a collection of stories, or little 'cells', complete in themselves but connected by the overarching themes of betrayal and revenge. All featuring teenagers and often with an unexpected twist, these frighteningly realistic stories will take you to the very edge and beyond.
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Aidan Chambers offers thought-provoking short stories for older readers in The Kissing Game. Playful or intriguing, each provides food for thought as he explores the nature of betrayal and revenge - wonderful stuff. - The Bookseller
Chambers leaves readers with much to contemplate. - Publisher's Weekly, US
Far from the romance suggested in the title, this short-fiction collection from the author of the Printz Award-winning Postcards from No Man's Land (2002) explores dark, volatile territory in selections that often lead to explosive, bomb-grade conclusions... the variety of experimental formats, including scripts and letters, is refreshing, and teens will want to talk about the recurring themes of betrayal, violence, and shifting identities, and the fleeting moments of connection and mercy that can change a life's course. - Booklist, USA
a provocative and varied collection of short stories for teenager... His sophisticated yet simple style is perfectly suited for an exploration of the new form of flash fictions... Thoughtful, challenging reading for teens on the cusp of adulthood. - Kirkus Review, USA
... each one will incite, surprise and stimulate... the prose is precise, witty and elegant... The Kissing Game is classy, thought-provoking, witty and always provocative. - The Bookbag
Witty dialogue and ordinary situations gone awry abound...The selections are perfectly readable by middle schoolers, but more meaningful discussion and deeper understanding will only come from teens with more life experience, and there's real potential for possible use in high school English classes. - School Library Journal, USA
These provocative stories beautifully lend themselves to discussion, and once again Chambers treats us to his fiercely intelligent, finely crafted prose and his incisive understanding of the wonderings of young people on the verge of adulthood. - The Overflowing Library
Such self-awareness and the pain that goes with it recur in this collection... It is because Chambers has never lost that adolescent vulnerability and openness that, now in his seventies, he still writes stories in which reflective adolescents will surely discover themselves. He has always been concerned with outside-of-time matters; with tentative relationships, emerging sexuality, lack of confidence, trust and betrayal, violence and tenderness. Any of these might provoke sudden insights about the mess of living which disturb but move you on to somewhere else whether you like it or not. (Five Stars) - Books For Keeps
Short stories are the perfect vehicle to capture the intensity of emotion experienced by teenagers on the brink of adulthood and there couldn't be a more rewarding and contemporary volume than this... Provocative and beautifully written, this little book packs a hefty punch. - The Daily Mail
This collection from Chambers could be widely used in classrooms and on writing courses, particularly to inspire flash fiction. - Armadillo
Aidan Chambers lives in Gloucestershire with his American wife, Nancy, who is the editor of Signal magazine. He divides his time between his own writing and lecturing which he does extensively in Australia, the USA and Europe. His provocative and challenging novels for teenagers and young adults have won him international acclaim.