It’s the last day for the blog tour of KIDS THESE DAYS: Stories From Luna East Arts Academy Vol. 1, and here’s what I have to say.
The stories from LUNA EAST ARTS ACADEMY are about love. And also, friends, food, kissing, rumors, mean people, insecurities, birthdays, breakups, making up. We set it in an arts academy because we wanted everyone to have a talent, and know it. Because no one is ordinary, if you know them well enough.
Who are you, at LUNA EAST? Are you a popular kid, a wallflower, a drama club diva, a debate whiz? Visit lunaeastacademy.org to read more stories from #LUNAEAST, and submit your own. For readers 16 and up.
When I learned that my favorite local contemporary romance author, Mina V. Esguerra, is coming up with an anthology of short stories in a high school setting, I was instantly curious. When I further learned that some authors of #romanceclass novellas which I thoroughly enjoyed last year have their own stories in the compilation as well, I knew that I had to read the book. When an invitation to participate in the blog tour of such book appeared in my email, guess who was more than happy to grab the chance? 😉
Ah, high school. Undeniably, high school life is one of those life moments that most, if not all, find very memorable. I, for one, had a great time when I was in high school. I was awkward and conscious, but I eventually found my niche, and importantly, my own clique. Our group wasn’t exactly the most popular, but we certainly knew how to have fun. It is no surprise then that it was so easy for me to relate to and identify with the stories in KIDS THESE DAYS: Stories From Luna East Arts Academy Vol. 1.
KIDS THESE DAYS: Stories From Luna East Arts Academy Vol. 1 is truly an eclectic collection but one thing I must say: all stories made me nostalgic. My high school wasn’t anything like Luna East, but the students portrayed in the stories? I found myself linking one character to someone I knew from high school. There’s the popular rich girl. The misunderstood kid. The campus crush. The wallflower who suddenly found herself in the midst of campus intrigue. The citizen army trainee. The boy struggling with his identity. The new kid in school. There were differences too, though, and that is when I had to say: Tsk. Kids these days. 😀
I really like all the stories in the collection but there were some that really stood out for me. Sitting in A Tree by Chrissie Peria (also the author of All’s Fair In Blog and War) is perfect as an opening story. We never had a kissing booth in high school, but the idea of pairing up with your crush in any booth is just so high school, and fun!
Fifty-Two Weeks by Mina V. Esguerra is extra special. I was an officer in the Citizen’s Army Training Corps but even though I never found my self in Misha’s shoes, isn’t it kilig to find love inside the headquarters?
Picture Me Naked by D.R. Lee is naughty and funny! I have a confession to make: my friends and I used to do this as a game and then we would laugh our lungs out when we got to someone not so desirable to picture. Hahaha!
Be Creative by Stella Torres is quite melancholic but I am glad this is the finale story. This may not be a fuzzy high school romance story, but what I like about it is because how the main character finally found her voice to speak for what she wants and what would make her happy. It is about family and belongingness, and isn’t high school about that as well?
Other stories were good in their own way, and tackle themes that every high school student at one point in their life has to experience: self-discovery, identity, belongingness, friendship, and of course, love. Young love in all its facets, at least.
I really find the theme for an anthology revolving around a particular place to be very novel. Although written by different authors, there are instances when you get to read about a character in a story who is mentioned in one story. What is great with the Luna East saga is that the possibilities for stories are endless. As I write this post, I am inspired to write a story (or two), but alas, I believe I lack the skill, haha! As of now, I am content with just reading and exploring more about Luna East. Volume 2 soon, please? 😉
My copy: ebook, ARC
Tomorrow, February 8, 2014, is the paperback launch for KIDS THESE DAYS: Stories From Luna East Arts Academy Vol. 1.