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One Death, Nine Stories

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Nicholas, Kevin. Age 19. Died at York Hospital, July 19, 2012. Kev's the first kid their age to die. And now, even though he's dead, he's not really gone. Even now his choices are touching the people he left behind. Rita Williams-Garcia follows one aimless teen as he finds a new life in his new job-at the mortuary. Ellen Hopkins reveals what two altar boys (and one altar ...more
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Published August 26th 2014 by Candlewick Press
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Neil (or bleed)
Jan 08, 2017 rated it liked it
A. S. King is part of this anthology so.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
May 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, diversity-yay
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One Death, Nine Stories didnt really scream Christina book, but I couldnt resist the premise of the anthology. It actually turned out to be much cooler than I was even expecting. I thought theyd be essentially companion stories by different people associated with the deceased. Thats true, but theyre also interlocking and codependent. Its more of a cohesive novel than I was expecting. Its a multiple POV novel from nine different
Aj Sterkel
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
Well, this is a depressing little book.

One Death, Nine Stories centers around the death of nineteen-year-old Kevin. Each of the stories focuses on a different person who is impacted by Kevins death. Some characters are impacted more than others, but the book shows how one death can ripple through a community.

Anthologies are usually hit or miss with me. This one is a bit of a miss. I didnt hate it or anything, but its forgettable. None of the stories really stand out.

If I had to pick a favorite
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it
"Are you sorry you succeeded?
Was your pain greater than all others?"

A mix of short stories. There were ones that stood out more than others -but all in all, they did flow well together. It was interesting to read how all these side stories gave a good glimpse into the one that was missing in all the stories - the One Death. It was an fascinating way to tell the story - but I didn't love every story.
Emma Ritschard
Nov 07, 2014 rated it liked it
I liked the idea of this collection of stories, but feel I would have enjoyed it more if maybe some of the stories were a little more connected. But I did like how the stories helped illustrate how one event can impact so many lives, miles apart from each other. I appreciated the creativity of each story, as they all helped me maintain interest in the main event of the book.
Saleena Davidson
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was such a novel concept that I had to read it and see how it worked. And it worked really well! One person's death is told through nine stories by nine separate authors....who they are, how they were impacted, whether or not they even knew the person who died; all of it tied together beautifully.
Connie N.
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a clever series of stories, all by different authors, all based around the theme of "initiation." The editor writes that one person began with the first story, then each other were told: "their instructions were to link, in some way, to the first story." Each built their section as they wished, moving from section to section, from person to person. The actual main character of the book was Kevin, a boy who died, and each story told about his death and how they heard about it, how it ...more
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5 stars.

I can't imagine how challenging this project must've been for the authors to write and put their pieces together to create such a tremendous and unforgettable story. The writing was raw, powerful, and I liked how it all centered around one main character and one main theme.

I enjoyed the stories that were told from the various characters, and how they all had a connection, a past, or even just had a simple wonder (Jackson's story was by far my most favorite; a stranger with
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book is described as a novel told in stories. Each chapter is a separate short story, but they are all connected around one character's death and the idea of "initiation." This is an interesting concept, but I didn't feel it was as successful as it could have been.

Kevin Nicholas is dead and his death touches the lives of many people. There are the few who only know him in death, such as Morris and Nadira who work at the funeral home or Jackson who learns about his death through a cousin on
Jessica White
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm giving this book 3 stars, but know it my heart it's closer to 3.75.

At age 19, Kevin Nicholas is found dead from an apparent suicide, just like his daddy.
His death affected family, friends, and classmates.
What could be so terrible that a 19 year old wants to take his own life?
His death, but more importantly, his life is told through the eyes of nine people. They considered him a friend, a lover, a brother. He was an alter boy. He was mischievous. He was Captain of the Cross-Country team. He
E. Anderson
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love short story collections. LOVE them. You don't see too many for the YA market, which is too bad. Fortunately, there's a wonderful new collection out right now. And it's a collection with a fabulous twist, since, despite being written by multiple authors, it pretty much reads like a novel.

In ONE DEATH NINE STORIES, edited by Marc Aronson and Charles R. Smith, Jr., authors like Rita Williams-Garcia, Ellen Hopkins, A.S. King, Chris Barton, Nora Raleigh Baskin, and others answer a big what if:
Sally Kruger
ONE DEATH NINE STORIES is a unique novel comprised of short stories that weave together the story of Kevin Nicholas. Reports of Kevin's death connect his acquaintances as they tell their individual stories and how they are tied to the deceased nineteen year old.

His sister, his best friend, a passing relationship with a fellow community college student, and an ex-girlfriend are just a few of the contributing storytellers that give readers a glimpse into the intertwined relationships of those who
Timothy McKinley
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Keep running Kev", this is the last thought that Kevin's friend Marco had when hearing about Kevin's death. He is one of many people to reflect on the life that he spent with Kevin, and on the memories that they shared. Overall in this book, the plot structure was odd. Since it was a reflection told from many points of view, there were many small climaxes, which all came when the people found out about Kevin's death. The rising action was usually the tale of how they were close to Kevin, and ...more
Lady Donato
Aug 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is about death! LOL yes Ms. obvious!! But there are different levels of death in this book. First and foremost, the POV of the people in the story is about a dead guy named Kevin. He committed suicide and he is just 19 years old. In this book Kevin has a lot of different roles. He is a friend, a group leader, a brother, an ex-boyfriend, and just another body in a body bag down in the morgue. Kevin is referred to as someone who is broken in the book. In fact all of them are broken too, ...more
Amy Holland
The story of one boy's suicide as told through the eyes of 9 other teens. I don't usually like short stories, but this book didn't have the feeling of a collection of short stories, because there's an overarching theme that ties them all together. Plus, there must have been a fair amount of collaboration among the authors, because different pieces of the Kevin's story emerge in each of the nine stories. It felt more like a novel, just with a different character's voice for each chapter. ...more
Jan 12, 2016 rated it liked it
This was like one of those campfire stories where someone starts the story off and then the next person continues and on to the next person and the next person and the next until you have a whole story. Nine different authors penned a different short story all somehow connected to one dead boy.

There was no conclusion, and very few details. If you want to know what happened to Kevin Nicholas, you won't find much beyond his cause of death and that kind of bothered me. I was hoping one of the
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
The plot: Readers quickly learn that Kevin Nichols (19), has died. What transpires in these nine stories in an intertwined narrative exploring Nichols' character and just how his death inadvertently affects friends, family, and even those living thousands of miles away.

The characters: Each author artfully explores noteworthy teen themes such as suicide, pregnancy, and coming of age. Often difficult with short stories, each story exhibits excellent character development of its key protagonist
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I am not usually a reader of short stories, so I was concerned when it was on my list of books to ready. I always worry that the stories wont connect, especially when written by several different authors.

One Death Nine Stories was very surprising it told not only nine different stories but also one larger one. Even though each character/writer has his/her own voice, the book as a whole never felt disjointed. Each characters story told us a about them just as much as it told us about Kevin. We
Jan 23, 2015 rated it liked it
This was on the librarian-recommended shelves at our library. It was written and edited by 11 different authors, and as one of my friends had helped write a book like this, I was intrigued. I really liked the way that the nine stories were interwoven, and the themes and individual growth of the characters involved. Some of the chapters were a little more graphic than I like, and the language was strong. For that reason, I gave the book a 3 star--as I can't recommend it. But it was pretty well ...more
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Considering I purchased this book thing it was "Thirteen Reasons Why" and upon receiving it, I realized it was not, it was surprisingly good. At times, it was hard to grasp what was going on and throughout the whole book, there were way too many characters and it got extremely confusing. There were nine short stories within this book, but they all focus on the death of a nineteen-year-old male. Some of the stories were much more enjoyable than others, but they were all semi-enjoyable. This was ...more
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: high-school
Very unique approach to telling several stories revolving around one character, a 19 year old boy who has died. Some knew him or were related to him, others are only connected with a tenuous link. Each other person has his/her own issues, and the reader must decide if Kevin Nicholas has impacted those in any way, or in what way.

Aronson notes in the afterword that the group of writers started with the first story, then worked on all of the other ones, evolving each as a result of the others. What
Dec 20, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a really interesting concept for a book, but I feel like it could have been carried out better. The basic premise is that someone dies, and there are nine points of view on this death, everything from close friends and old lovers, to family, to people the deceased didn't even know. All of the stories were very short, and I felt like could have been longer to provide a better point of view or a more interesting read.

Overall it made its point: the web of connections people make is huge,
Kristie Noojin-Barnett
This uniquely styled novel that is a collection of short stories tied together by one central theme is a interesting look at suicide and how it affects those close to the person that took their own life. Like 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher, it takes a look at teen suicide and the why. However, this book tells the stories from other character's perspective. Kevin was a popular football player with dark secrets. With each short story, a little more was revealed. I recommend it for ages 15 and up. ...more
Nasbid Parada
May 11, 2017 rated it liked it
I have a connection with this book, with the series 13 reasons why, because they are "trying to figure out in some sort of way why the main person" died. This book talks about different stories of people that some how had a connection to Kev, the first kid their age to die, they are trying to figure out what I impacts it left on him dying. Even though some of the people/stories are a little confusing and I don't get why if they don't really have a connection for Kev, either than that you can ...more
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
I did not care for this book as much as other YA books I've read. I don't really care for short stories though so that could be why. I did like that even though they are short stories they were connected by one event and it does definitely show how one event can affect so many people. I also liked the story the book ended with. However, I really don't think the true messages will be understood by average teens. I think they will gloss over the true messages, but enjoy the brazen heart and shock ...more
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
it's odd how little books like this can be so satisfying. It's not dramatic, ready to be made into a blockbuster movie or a soapy teenage drama. It's just a collection of stories, some sad, some funny, some angry. But it paints a picture of a dead boy, while telling the stories of people around him, and while sometimes it seems a little stereotypical, the characters hold everything up. They're all in depth, they all have something to say, they're fully realized. It's a nice collection of stories ...more
Oct 25, 2014 rated it liked it
In some ways, this book seems experimental. Take a bunch of writers, give them each a section of story that doesn't have to tie too much to anyone else's and see where it goes. In this case, a young man named Kevin has died and each story is told from the point of view of people who knew him, people who didn't know him, people who were affected or not by his death. There's no beginning, middle or end. There's no real conclusion the reader can come to. It's interesting, but ultimately not very ...more
Suzanne Scheid
Usually this is my type of book, but this was just weird. You see how 1 death effects the lives of tons of people in different ways but the story never really develops. I feel like I want to know more and there is nothing left to read. Each author did a great job with their part of the story I feel nothing was developed enough though to fully understand and feel for the characters. I usually can feel exactly what they are feeling and with this book I felt nothing.
Aug 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Unique premise and vivid storytelling. I liked how each of the characters were separate individuals but that the story meshed well together. You'd wouldn't know that several different authors wrote each of the chapters. I also liked that it contains a multi cultural cast of protagonists and I liked that they were all over 18. It's still depressing as hell, but it is what it is. Good work here.
Christine Hiller
Jan 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Interesting premise, but I would have preferred more connection between the stories and a bit of an arc. My daughter said she wished there had been a chapter from Kevin's POV. I agree that would have helped tie the stories together more and given the reader some sort of resolution or understanding about who Kevin really was. As it is, I was left somewhat dissatisfied at the end of this book.
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Aronson has won many awards for his books for young readers and has a doctorate in American history. His lectures cover educational topics such as mysteries and controversies in American history, teenagers and their reading, the literary passions of boys, and always leave audiences asking for more.

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