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Life Was Easier When Boys Were Stupid

3.01  ·  Rating Details ·  102 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Jess is at a party and girls and boys around her are locked together at the lips and hips.

When did everyone grow up so fast? She's not sure she wants to, but her girl friend Carla points out a boy across the room with eyes only for Jess.

Life Was Easier When Boys Were Stupid won the Gippsland Award in 2009's Fellowship of Australian Writers Awards.
Kindle Edition, 11 pages
Published (first published April 10th 2011)
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Jul 20, 2014 Jenna rated it it was ok
I knew this was a short story but I didn't realise just how short until I finished it in under 10 minutes. It is the kind of story that belongs in a bigger anthology, I'm not sure how I managed to get it on its lonesome. It's been on my kindle for so long I thought I'd finally get to it. It was OK, but seriously it's one scene - a girl thinking about kissing this hot guy but he seems jerky so she walks out and sees this nerdy guy and THAT'S IT. The writing was fine but I didn't get anything from ...more
Shirley Marr
May 16, 2011 Shirley Marr rated it it was amazing
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Jess is at a party surrounded by popular people who have all hooked up... except her that is and she's feeling like a fish out of water. The first few lines of this short story made me smile. I loved Sarah Billington's fresh and funny voice for teens, with impeccable comedic timing. I love how the main character manages to be a strong female role model by just being herself when dealing with the pressures of a friends who might not have your back, feeling like the odd one out and those bad ...more
May 27, 2012 Jess rated it really liked it
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I must admit that one of the main reasons I bought this e-book was because the main character's name was Jess...! I could definitely relate to her (personality-wise) because I never wanted my first kiss to be with a random guy. I also struggled with self-confidence as a teenager and thought I was hideous (I never had much in the boob department for example haha). But anyway, I thought this was a sweet read and to the point. I wish it was longer, though! I got to the end and thought WHAT? THAT'S ...more
Feb 18, 2013 Julie rated it it was ok
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Im giving this two stars because is is too short!! Just as it turns into something spectacular it abruptly ends and it really annoys me.
The characters are flawless and engaging and just as their individual personalities developed their futures were tskebt away by the bloody ending! !!

aside from my dislike about its shortness, it is a fantastic little story and it is accurate in hoe puberty can hit people at different times and how thst can have negative effects on friendships. a great little pie
Sep 10, 2013 -RadioActiveBookWorm- rated it really liked it
cute. that's really all I have to say. this always happens in books. cute, quiet girl, meets cute quiet boy.. and the end. that's it. Okay. sure. but now what? i understand its a short story, but seriously. there could have been something exciting happen. not just some Dick doing what he does best. and let's just say, not all stoners are like that. most of them are, in fact, nice people. because they're stoned. check out this book and see if you agree with me.
Nov 15, 2012 Helena rated it it was ok
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This was a lot shorter than I anticipated. It really does show how teenagers develop at different speeds, but it really wasn't a story. It was okay, but there needs to be more of a plot than her running from a random guy.
Erin Danzer
Sep 05, 2012 Erin Danzer rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It captured what it was like to be that age when girls just start to like boys. Again, Ms. Billington makes me want to read everything she's ever written.
Teazia Cockburn
Aug 03, 2013 Teazia Cockburn rated it it was ok
Disappointed. I know it was a short story but I think it may have been a bit too short. I would have liked a bit more.
Susan Hatler
Sep 30, 2012 Susan Hatler rated it it was amazing
This short story is so easy to relate to. It's a great reminder to forget what others think/want and go with what makes us happy. :)
Nov 16, 2012 Shelly rated it liked it
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Free on kindle. I liked Jess' independence. This was really short, I mean really short. Cute story though.
Mar 13, 2013 Rachel rated it it was amazing
This could so have gone somewhere. Guess I didn't realize how short it was. But I love this author and her work so 5 stars:)
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Jan 05, 2016 Tabitha Ormiston-Smith rated it really liked it
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This short short story is just charming. A really nice story; it makes a point without labouring it, and then moves on. I liked it a lot.
Jan 03, 2013 Chamera rated it really liked it
A cute tease of a short story. Hoping Billington makes a sequel short to tell what happens with the two characters at the end.
Sarah Billington
May 10, 2011 Sarah Billington rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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I am rather biased as I wrote this one myself. :) It also won the Gippsland Award in the 2009 Fellowship of Australian Writers Awards.
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Sarah Billington is an Australian writer and editor who likes to write stories with love, laughs, suspense and zombies. Sometimes all in the same story.

She writes predominantly light Young Adult fiction under her name, Sarah Billington, but if you're interested in something a bit darker and scarier she's got some of that for you too.

Sarah loves a variety of random things, which include Swing Danci
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