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What Boys Like brings together a motley assemblage of urban misfits and outsiders, and explores their love/hate relationships with their city and one another. Jones’s characters grapple with lust, love and loss with an unsentimental eye, while remaining open to the sharp-edged humour caused by the chaotic and random nature of life, and the absurdity of the world around the ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 15th 2009 by Biblioasis (first published September 28th 2009)
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Daniel Perry
Oct 11, 2016 Daniel Perry rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with the title story a good five years ago in Best Canadian Stories, and was happy to find so many more great stories once I finally got around to reading this debut collection. There's a beautiful brokenness in so many of these characters, and the stories are written in an idiosyncratic but still highly accessible and efficient language, lingering in moments without ever overwriting. Very much looking forward to the author's first novel, just released this year.
Sarah
A compelling collection of short stories from Amy Jones! I feel like I would have rated this one higher had I not read her other book, We're All In This Together, first. Frankly, WAITT is pretty much the perfect book and has given me unrealistic expectations for fiction.
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What a fantastic collection of short stories! I loved the characters, the details and the settings. It was nice to read short stories that had direct connections to Halifax, even though I have no knowledge of the city.

The author and I are the same age, and I loved all the pop culture references and details, because they were ones that I recognized and could relate to.

Some of the images in the short stories were quite haunting and disturbing- there were two images in the last two stories that stu
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Samantha
Dec 22, 2013 Samantha rated it it was amazing
A wonderful, cohesive collection with several stories that will stick with me. They cover the gamut - birth, courtship, marriage, death - and get progressively more mature as the book goes on, ranging from "How to Survive a Summer in the City" with 11-year-old Marie to the tragic death of Marty Peach in "The Church of the Latter-Day Peaches." I'm biased, but I think Canadian women are some of the world's most stellar short story writers and I was excited to find this one.
Rachel Laverdiere
Oct 27, 2016 Rachel Laverdiere rated it really liked it
This is a strong first collection of short stories. I love the diverse characters, attention to detail. I also appreciated the references to 90s pop culture--having grown up in the same era, this really resonated with me. I did feel, however, that some of the weaker stories could have been left out. Overall, this was a very satisfying read.
Calista
Feb 06, 2011 Calista rated it really liked it
Do not read this book if you're feeling sad, because this is a book of short stories about all things sad: heartbreak, death, love, sex, abortion, growing apart, sickness...It's really sad.
Just to be clear, it's sad.
But I really enjoyed it...after I decided to finish reading it when I wasn't so sad.
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AMY JONES won the 2006 CBC Literary Prize for Short Fiction and was a finalist for the 2005 Bronwen Wallace Award. She is a graduate of the Optional Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at UBC, and her fiction has appeared in Best Canadian Stories and The Journey Prize Stories. Her debut collection of stories, What Boys Like, was the winner of the 2008 Metcalf-Rooke Award and a finalist for t ...more
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