LOVE AT THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN
A YA Romance Anthology
From Stars and Stone Books
It's never easy to go through the fraught transition into adulthood, but the teens in
this anthology have more to deal with than most: super powers, magic,
illness, prejudice against sexual orientation and gender identity, and even death.
Fortunately, they all find love at the edge of seventeen.
Featuring: M.T. DeSantis, A.E. Hayes, Serena Jayne, Cara McKinnon, Mary
Rogers, and Kylie Weisenborn.
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See what the authors have to say about high school in this behind-the-scenes discussion:
The Love at the Edge of Seventeen Authors Weigh in on High School -
For our blog tour, we asked our authors how they felt about high school. Did they
love it? Hate it? Why or why not? Did they try to “fix” anything for their characters,
or was there anything they made sure to include?
M.T. DeSantis, “Be Null, My Heart”
When I was going through high school, I more or less hated it. Choir was the one
place I felt comfortable, and even that had its bad parts. Looking back, I didn’t really
hate it. I was just a teenager dealing with being a teenager. I couldn’t appreciate
that part of my life then. I do now, and I’m happy to report I really don’t have too
many regrets. I did what I enjoyed and made the most of it. I think Emma and her
friends in “Be Null, My Heart” are much the same. Just chugging along on the daily
A.E. Hayes, “Her First Fever”
I neither loved nor hated high school—it wasn’t particularly complicated, and unless
I was involved in writing, chorus, drama, or performing in a musical, I floated
through those four years. That is just—missing time in my life, in a very real sense.
High school was a nice escape from home, and an easy way to pass my time, but I
feel quite ambivalent about it.
Serena Jayne, “Dead Man’s Party”
High school had its ups and downs. There were some aspects I loved and some I
hated. Luckily, I was able to avoid frog dissection by taking Chemistry instead of
Biology, but I didn’t let Shay and Xander off the hook. The only times I got detention
were for talking to the cute guy in Social Studies. I remembered the frustration of
class getting in the way of my attempts to advance my love life. Alas, despite our
stolen moments in Social Studies, the adorable Keith and I were never a couple, but
Shay gets her guy.
Cara McKinnon, “Three Jagged Pieces”
I neither loved nor hated high school, overall. There were some parts that I look
back on with fondness, and I’ve tried to capture those for my characters (musicals,
parties and sleepovers with friends, falling in love). But other parts weren’t so great
(bullying, cliques, bad breakups causing rifts in friendships, terrible teachers, etc.) I
didn’t keep all of those things, but I didn’t exactly remove them, either. Bullying was
something I felt I had to keep, because it is a very real problem that doesn’t seem to
be going away, despite all of the well-meaning efforts of teachers.
Mary Rogers, “The Crayon Thief”
I SUPER enjoyed high school. I had a great time, and I went to school in a great
place. We had The City at my right hand, The Hamptons (where I went to college) at
my left, the Great South Bay as my backyard, and Fire Island and beaches
everywhere. The times had their trials, but not like today. Today, things are a little
harder, and I want to respect that.
Kylie Weisenborn, “Now I Am”
I did not like it, and to be honest, I think I almost completely ignored the whole
concept of high school drama in my story. I’m not sure if that was a conscious
decision or not...
––If you're like me, then what the authors have shared about high school will resonate with you. And, if that's the case, then you won't want to miss reading these amazing stories to discover more about Love at the Edge of Seventeen.
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