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Losing it

3.4  ·  Rating Details ·  289 Ratings  ·  81 Reviews
A collection of fiction short stories by leading teen writers about losing your virginity

Including Melvin Burgess, Keith Gray, Patrick Ness, Sophie McKenzie, Bali Rai, Jenny Valentine, and Mary Hooper, some of today's leading writers for teens are gathered here in a wonderful collection of original stories—some funny, some moving, some haunting, but all revolving around th
Paperback, 214 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Andersen Press
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“It’s that kind of story. Certain words are necessary because this is real life, but you can’t actually show ‘em because we’re too young to read about the stuff we actually do, yeah?”

Initial Final Page Thoughts.
Has anyone seen Cinema Paradiso?
If yes: Stick with me for this bit and read my highly convoluted intelligent analogy.
If no but you don’t mind it being spoilt: Stick with me for this bit and read my highly convoluted intelligent analogy.
If no but you would rather it not be spoilt: I lov
Feb 24, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Laura by: Jo
Losing It presents 8 stories and 8 authors all with different ideas, takes, and views on losing one’s virginity. Did I really, should I, maybe, yes, no, all the way—however the decision or outcome unfolded--I can say for sure ALL of these voices made an impact on me.

Scoring by Keith Gray opened this collection of stories with a fun, relaxed tale about whether sex before a game will throw off your game. Hehe… The myths surrounding sex make me shake my head in awe, laughter, shame, and where the h
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
This was alright but it wasn't anything particularly good. Out of all of the stories in the book, I'd say that 'Different for Boys' by Patrick Ness stood out most. The book is a good idea - probably slightly better for teenagers of 13-16. The stories are all about sex and/or virginity and try to show experiences and the emotions involved of several different characters. I think the best thing about this book is the variety - there are stories concerning cultural issues, sexuality issues and even ...more
tbh I only read Andrew Smith, Patrick Ness, Keith Gray, and A.S. King's stories but they were all really great.
Jazmen This Girl Reads A lot
Losing it is a compilation of short stories, all about virginity, and losing it. I was intrigued by the range of perspectives and various scenarios, and I was not disappointed. While this book was not perfect, I didn't expect the stories to be. There were so many different perspectives being told about virginity all of them realistic, and some of them heart-wrenching--and tough to read. What I really loved about these stories and the book is how gritty and raw it was. The authors didn't seem to ...more
Nov 12, 2015 Rizal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Een verhalenbundel met goede en minder goede verhalen. Lees hier mijn recensie:
Sep 28, 2013 Ela rated it liked it
I was very excited to read this book, I like most of the contributing authors, and three of them have provided me with 5 star books. Looking back, the book got better as it went on, but I feel a little disappointed.

Let me give you a run down of the stories:

Keith Gray, Scoring: A boy tires to decide weather to sleep with his girlfriend, he knows he shouldn't but since his girlfriend is a 'good-looking one, not a minger', he probably will.
Verdict: Dull

Jenny Valentine, The Age of Consent: A grandma
Jul 14, 2013 Anna rated it liked it
I read this with a very specific purpose: I was looking for short stories to read to 15-16 yr olds during 'tutor time' (I'm guessing that's home group.) The stories are short but I'm not convinced they would work. the strongest story by Patrick Ness is probably too 'risky' for most tutors and the less risky ones are a bit bland.

The problem with the short story genre in this subject area is that you need to invest in the characters before they get themselves into the highly charged emotional sit
Dave Cousins
Sep 26, 2012 Dave Cousins rated it it was amazing
Reading this made me wonder why short story collections aren't more popular. We're always being told that the average attention span is getting shorter – particularly among young people –so surely this format is a perfect way to remind readers young and old of the delights to be found between the covers of a book?

I bought LOSING IT because I'm a fan of a number of the contributing authors. Keith Gray, Patrick Ness, Melvin Burgess and Jenny Valentine hadn't disappointed in the past, so I was conf
Nov 09, 2014 Sara rated it really liked it
A bunch of British authors plus AS King tackling the topic of losing one's virginity? Sounds like a good idea, and for the most part it was.

My favorite story was a surprise, because it was by Patrick Ness, whose other works I have absolutely failed to enjoy before. But his story of British schoolboy love and specifically love (or something possibly more confusing) between British schoolboys at an all boys school was so artfully done. Great story structure and real emotional honesty.

Many of the
A solid collection of stories about the fear, excitement, and bundle of emotions that come with the loss of virginity. A teen once told me, "Miss Kate, sex is a powerful thing." Out of the mouth of babes.
Sep 05, 2015 Kristen rated it liked it
Not really what I expected...I was hoping for some cute YA stories. Some of these are dark and depressing and not fun at all.
Nov 13, 2012 Tatiana rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, short-stories, 2012
As the rest of the reviewers said, Patrick Ness's story is the best. Everything else is pretty mediocre and done too many times before.
I haven't read a YA short story collection in years! What is wrong with me?

Also, I think this was my very first Patrick Ness story. Don't tell Elena.
Aug 25, 2012 Charlotte rated it liked it
Patrick Ness's section was particularily amazing! :)
Jan 23, 2011 Janelle rated it really liked it
The story by Patrick Ness was an absolute stand out!
Originally posted on Once Upon a Bookcase.

An anthology of short stories from eight UKYA authors on losing your virginity, Losing It was an obvious title to cover for SiTL Month II. Having now read it, I think it's a fantastic book, but I'm a little worried about some of the unhealthy ideas that are put across in the odd few stories. Really long review coming up.

Losing It has a wide variety of stories; historical and present day, teenage narrators and adults, both male and female, straight and LG
Ayla A
Oct 16, 2016 Ayla A added it
Shelves: books-i-own
Idk what to rate this. Some of these stories were crap, some were alright, and then there was Patrick Ness's. Also I'm sad this edition doesn't have A.S.Kings and Andrew Smiths stories. Why?
Nov 24, 2016 Laura rated it liked it
Having read ‘Next’ another collection of short stories edited by Keith Gray I was intrigued to read this one. I was especially interested when I saw that Patrick Ness had written one of the stories, and also Anne Fine and Mary Hooper.
I enjoyed the first story ‘Scoring’ by Keith Gray, but really wanted to know what Jason decided to do, so was annoyed that it ended where it did.
Jenny Valentine’s story ‘The Age of Consent’ was really funny and enjoyable, but came with a good message to make sure y
Oct 01, 2013 Liviania rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
LOSING IT is a collection of ten short stories based around the concept of virginity. It's long gone for some of the characters, and others don't lose it at all. Some of the characters live here and now, others live long ago or far away. To me, only a few of the stories really stood out, but it is worth buying for those stories.

A.S. King was the name that stood out the most for me, but I love her work. I liked her raw story, about a girl who gets caught shoplifting for the total user she's datin
Jenny / Wondrous Reads
Jul 26, 2010 Jenny / Wondrous Reads rated it really liked it
Shelves: uk-author, for-review
Losing It is an anthology of stories about virginity: losing it, discussing it and living it. Edited by the fantastic Keith Gray and including short stories written by some of the UK's best YA authors, including Jenny Valentine, Patrick Ness, Sophie McKenzie and Melvin Burgess, Losing It is an accomplishment for all involved.

Gone are the days of sex being a nightmarish taboo that no-one ever talks about, least of all parents and teachers. These days, teenagers are given sex education at school a
A short run down of all the stories.

Scoring by Keith Gray: A talented young footballer can't decide whether to have sex with his girlfriend for the first time before his great match the next day. Started out fine but then the mc became more and more annoying, from there it was a straight slope downwards.
Rating: 2/5

The Age of Consent by Jenny Valentine: Grandma starts talking sex during a proper family lunch making everyone feel awkward. The ending was kind of sad.
Rating: 3/5

Chat-up Lines by Melv
Aug 05, 2016 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with most story collections with multiple authors, some of the stories connected with me better than others. None were weak, just some didn't particularly move me, whether because the tale felt too standard and straightforward or it had too many stereotypes and cliches or due to the author's voice or whatever. Others, though, I felt were quite excellent. All in all, it was a good mix, with its strength being the surprising variety of approaches to the topic--which, since I haven't mentioned ...more
Jul 04, 2013 Mollie rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This short story compilation embraces the wildly popular topic of sex and all types of encounters an individual might be a part of when losing their virginity. A variety of talented writers fictionalize first times and related conversations or situations, all of which revolve around that popular topic of S-E-X. The editor, Keith Gray, even delves into a case of complicated choices and how they could affect different aspects of a boy/man/guy's life. Each writer has their own take on what it means ...more
Crys (The Hodgenator)
When I requested this, I thought I was going to get a novel about awkward moments of losing virginity. I was not prepared for what was waiting for me. Not. At. All.

This collection contains ten short stories that bring readers into the lives of teens in a vulnerable time in their lives, dealing with sexuality.

And I do not mean that the characters are trying to figure out if they are gay. I mean they are trying to deal with life, and sex happens to be a part of that.

Each author deals with a diffe
Bof. Comme souvent quand des adultes s'attaquent à des sujets un peu sensibles en voulant "faire jeune", ça tombe à plat. Et encore plus quand ces auteurs sont traduits. Beaucoup de traits culturels pertinents au Royaume Uni sont totalement à côté de la plaque en France, et rendent les récits contraints, comme figés dans des stéréotypes qui font grincer des dents. Certaines nouvelles sont originales et bien écrites (Je pense notamment à Patrick Ness ou Bali Rai) mais n'arrivent pas à sauver le ...more
Megan Mann
Dec 06, 2013 Megan Mann rated it it was amazing
Losing one's virginity can be good. It can be bad. It can be monumental or a complete letdown. Everyone has their own story, their own experience. In this compilation of short stories, you see all the different sides of losing one's virginity from having no choice and dealing with the consequences in Victorian England to classmates finding out another is gay to knowing when it isn't the right time. The stories in this collection are varied and eye opening. They'll make you laugh, they'll make ...more
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an advanced reading copy for review.

Losing It is a collection of short stories about teens losing their virginity. Originally, I was interested in this book because I saw A.S. King's name on the cover and figured I might just read the one story. I read all of the short stories, some stronger than others but all were unique. All but two or three of the stories take place in the UK and are written with very clear British dialect. One of my con
Jun 26, 2013 Pao rated it it was ok
Losing it is a quick, light and straightforward book with a very clear theme, the lose of virginity or the matter of first times. I requested the ARC when I saw the name of Patrick Ness on the cover, a few months ago I read A Monster Calls and it's certainly a peculiar and different book that caught my attention. The stories in Losing it are not written in a vulgar or in a to specific way. I liked the fact that that most of them don't even tell you how "it" happens, instead they focus the tales ...more
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In his earliest years, Grimsby-born Keith Gray turned from reluctant reader to passionate reader – then straight on to being a dedicated writer. He published Creepers (1996), which was shortlisted for the 1997 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, in his early twenties, and since then has penned a number of award-winning and critically-acclaimed novels. He is a reviewer of teenage fiction for the ...more
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