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Pieces: A Collection of New Voices

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MTV has discovered the authors of tomorrow. Read them today in Pieces.
This unique short-story collection is more than a good read -- it's an exciting glimpse into the future of fiction. The winners of MTV's "Write Stuff" competition share their voices and visions in tales that are endearingly raw, undeniably bold, and engagingly inventive.
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Paperback, 159 pages
Published August 2000 by MTV Books/Pocket Books
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Oct 09, 2012 Susie rated it liked it
Shelves: fiftyfiftyme
It was okay. I got really irrationally irate when I saw a sentence saying something like "You're dad is waiting outside."
You're! You're!
May 10, 2012 vanillune rated it liked it
Considering all the criticism this book got, it seems like one you either think is an infantile, novice attempt at fine literature, or as a titillating peek into fiction written by a new generation of people. I'm definitely on the other side of this fence. I thoroughly enjoyed Pieces and it seems only fitting that Stephen Chbosky took on such a project. It made me really sad not to know about it until now, i think i would have participated, send something in at least. Because what I really appre ...more
AmberBug **
I was thinking of putting this into by "to-read" list because Chbosky is the editor and the description had me interested. I decided to click on all the Authors listed and not a single one of them has actually written a novel since this publication. New voices of the next generation? Looks like they failed to choose some good ones.
Trina Marie
Jul 31, 2015 Trina Marie rated it really liked it
These writers are really talented, and I always love the way some short stories can jump right into things and remain gripping. They all kind of reminded me of stories that Chbosky would tell, so that was really good too.
Jan 16, 2014 Jessie rated it liked it
I chose to read this book originally because I knew Stephen Chbosky edited it, and I fell in love with his book The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Then the book claimed to represent short stories from the upcoming authors of this generation. I was super excited to see what literature would be turning to.

Like any anthology, I liked some stories more than others, but I didn't find any one just breathtaking. Most of them seemed a little like snapshots into lives, which I guess is where the title Pie
May 01, 2008 Emilio rated it liked it
All-round? Not too good. A couple of the stories were pretty much unreadable and put me to sleep. Another couple were pretty much pointless. And, as an earlier review stated, these shorts do seem more like a writing workshop exercise than publishable stories.
So, no, all-round, I wasn't too impressed. However, the writing style was always a surprise, and kept it fresh to a degree. I was somewhat inspired by the stylistic aptness of the young writers "showcased" in the book.
Aug 23, 2009 sisterimapoet rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction-2009
This collection has received a fair bit of criticism, but I felt I got exactly what I was expecting. These are pieces by relatively novice authors - there are bound to be flaws. But there are also highlights. There are striking descriptions, quirky characters and a range of storylines. Some stories are a little formulaic, and others don't really lead anywhere. But one or two shine out, in particular for me 'Polaroid' by Matthew Loren Cohen.

Ally Thomas
Jun 06, 2011 Ally Thomas rated it did not like it
Maybe it was the countless references to MTV's hottest new writers or the oversexed, self medicated characters but the collection was not impressive. Its rude to generalize because I did like Next Time by Michelle Rick and Forbidden Fate which offered creative personal styles and topics in writing, but the other stories were brief and insignificant seeming like a 2 page creative writing assignment for undergraduates.
Jul 28, 2011 Hannah rated it liked it
Shelves: my-books
It was okay. Some stories were really interesting and enjoyable to read while others were so boring I just wanted to skip ahead to the next one. Some were a little too "edgy", if you may, and I found them confusing to follow. One story that I found was the probably the best was Polaroid. It was well written and had a fresh point of view. I would recommend this book if you want a light read, something to pick up on occasion.
Jan 29, 2014 Debbie rated it did not like it
Read this because I was a fan of Chbosky, but it being a collection of "new voices," I felt the writing was not up to par, and had it not been for Chbosky's name on the book, this book would not have been as successful. Comparable to a university's creative writing program's bi-annual publications of a collection of its "rising" authors.
Jun 09, 2009 Windy rated it it was ok
Shelves: own, read-in-2008
Hmm. A few interesting stories, but others must have gone way over my head because I didn't really get them the first time through. Fortunately, the stories are short enough to read in those small windows of time that present themselves... like at the gas pump. Honestly, if I have to read the same old warning signs one more time...!
Apr 13, 2009 Liz rated it liked it
Although not nearly as good as The Perks of Being a Wallflower, this book is still just as interesting. It has a similar style as Perks even though it is written by several authors. This book is a compilation of several short stories written by several promising unknown authors, all chosen by Stephen Chbosky himself.
Apr 29, 2008 Alexa rated it it was ok
Shelves: teenbooks
In search of good teen short stories, I read this collection of "new voices." To clarify, their voices were new about eight years ago and I don't know what all of them are up to now. Some of the stories were virtually unreadable and some were interesting but overall, this collection is not very exciting.
Emma Emma
Jan 30, 2014 Emma Emma rated it really liked it
As a lover of short stories, I was quite pleased when I discovered 'Pieces'. 'Pieces' provided a great variety of interesting & unique short stories. While some stories were a bit slow, others were thought provoking & left me wanting more. Overall 'Pieces' was an enjoyable & easy read!
Jan 16, 2010 Rhi rated it did not like it
I don't think I would actually recommend this book to anyone.
I found all the stories to be quite bleak and pointless. Perhaps 'gritty' is the word Chbosky would go for, but I don't know.
There wasn't a single stand out story in this to have made this book worthwhile.
Feb 25, 2008 Craig rated it it was ok
I won't say that this is a bad book, per se, but many of the stories feel more like writer's workshop experiments than fullly finished stories.

That said, I think "Pinball" was an excellent story. Others were solid, but that's the only one that truly stood out for me.
Sarah Wong
Jan 08, 2013 Sarah Wong rated it really liked it
An incredibly interesting collection of unique voices, reminded me of how much I loved short stories. One of the stories 'Polaroid' really stuck with me, and although there were some off stories in the entire book, it was worth reading just for that one story.
Jan 15, 2014 Keena rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
Some of the stories I thought deserved five stars but others only deserved one or two.
Mar 11, 2011 Nora rated it really liked it
After reading Perks of Being a Wallflower, I wanted to read everything by Stephen Chbosky. This book was compilation of short stories gathered by Chbosky but not written by him. It is a good book but not like Wallflower.
Jan 25, 2011 Stephen rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2007-reads
these are great stories. I feel many are disappointed after reading "Perks" to have only this as a continuing read. the stories are great on their own and show that chbosky has an eye for intriguing prose.
Sep 01, 2013 Kirsten rated it it was ok
I like short stories but this book was kind of a disappointment. I wanted to recommend this to someone but found myself saying that only 1 or 2 of the stories were well written and were worth the time.
Sara Clark
Aug 30, 2009 Sara Clark rated it really liked it
i got this because of perks of being a wallflower and most of the stories are interesting if nothing else...but the one that stands out is "the white carousel horse" by dennis g. dillingham jr.
Sep 04, 2008 Marissa rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone and everyone!
The stories included are all fantastic and range in style and subject matter. I was amazed by all of them. the authors had interesting, hip and refreshing takes on telling these stories.
Jan 19, 2009 Sara rated it did not like it
This was a compilation of short pieces from a number of authors. I loved Chbosky's other book, Perks of a Wallflower, but I wasn't as interested in this one. Maybe another time.
Jun 06, 2012 Noorashikin rated it it was ok
either you love it or hate it.
there are some stories that you might hate and there are some stories that you might love.
i found one or two that i enjoyed.
Jul 18, 2010 Chris rated it liked it
It was pretty good. I liked a few of the stories in it. Some were not that great, but others were really good. Good read for short story fans!
Feb 04, 2009 Katie rated it it was ok
I'd say, read The Perks instead, and if you still really want to read this, do as I did and check it out from the library.
Mar 10, 2012 Kelly rated it really liked it
There were a few weak stories, but overall the collection was strong, with interesting, lovely writing. I really enjoyed it.
Laura Fennell
Jun 18, 2009 Laura Fennell rated it really liked it
Same authors as Perks, but this is a collection of short stories by various young authors. I was blown away.
kim McDonald
Mar 12, 2007 kim McDonald rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
short stories by young unknown writers. an idea similar to mcsweeneys but not near as good.
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Stephen Chbosky grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and graduated from the University of Southern California's Filmic Writing Program. His first film, The Four Corners of Nowhere, premiered at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival and went on to win Best Narrative Feature honors at the Chicago Underground Film Festival.

He is the recipient of the Abraham Polonsky Screenwriting Award for his screenplay
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