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Losing it

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  373 ratings  ·  93 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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Oct 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
“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
Dec 01, 2011 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. ...more
J. Greene
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favorites
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
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
This book of short stories is a good idea in principle, being a book about 'everything you ever wanted to know about virginity but your parents were too embarrassed to tell you', but I found a lot of the stories to be based around masculine sexuality (surprise, surprise). Patrick Ness did a good job basing his story around homosexual experiences and characters and Mary Hooper's choice to do a historical short story was a nice change but they are the only two that I felt didn't treat women as pas ...more
Jun 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 27, 2013 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 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
Oct 07, 2011 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 con
Nov 09, 2014 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. ...more
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm giving it two stars. One for Patrick Ness & one for Andrew Smith. This book and it's short stories were just sad. Almost every one made me sad. The writing wasn't bad or anything. The content was depressing though. ...more
Jan 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
The story by Patrick Ness was an absolute stand out!
Nov 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, short-stories, ya
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. ...more
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.
May 13, 2015 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.
Aug 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Patrick Ness's section was particularily amazing! :) ...more
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
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, I picked up this book to read the Andrew Smith and Patrick Ness stories. I found it delightful, discussing losing one's virginity from different gender's point of view, different culture's point of view, and various age ranges. Dora's frank discussion of sex with her grandchildren had me giggling. Patrick Ness's "Different for Boys" tells Ant and Charlie's story, with words blacked out for humorous effect, made me sad at the same time. Bali Rai's "The White Towel" was the most powerful ...more
This collection of short stories about losing ones virginity was varied, raw and real. It looked at "losing it" from the perspectives of multiple cultures, sexualities, and ages which was refreshing. Some stories were better written and more interesting to read than others; there were vastly different opinions and writing styles that comprised this compilation of stories due to input from eight different authors. Aside from that, the main issue I had with it overall was that it often felt depres ...more
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
I don't really know how to rate this one? I started it yesterday and honestly don't remember what some of the short stories in it are about.
From those i do remember Patrick Ness, Bali Rai and Jenny Valentine's were my favorites, i think they really showed an interesting perspective on the subject of virginity and dating as a teen as a whole, especially Bali Rai's story.
Amongst the other stories, none of them were bad, i just didn't enjoy them as much and they didn't resonate with me the way the
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq, ya
I read this book because I was looking for Patrick Ness' new book, which isn't out yet, and the guy at the bookstore got excited about the fact that I love Patrick Ness and insisted that I read this collection of short stories. Patrick Ness' may have been the best story in the collection, actually. Every story is about teenagers having sex for the first time, and each story approaches the subject in a unique way. I enjoyed all but one or two of the stories very much. ...more
Apr 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing

Scoring - 3

The Age of Consent - 5 (+1...Because I've never had so much fun reading a story. Everyone needs a Dora in their family)

Chat-up Lines - 3

Different for Boys - 4 (I still dont understand why put the black boxes)

Charlotte - 4

The Way It Is - 3

The White Towel - 4 (Definitely the most difficult to read, but so important)

Finding It - 5 (The perfect ending for this anthology)
Jessica Mansker
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so great! I know what you're thinking, but it's really not like that... ok, maybe some of it is.... but the stories in this collection were so diverse! My favorites were the stories by Mary Hooper (about child prostitution with a historic fic twist), Patrick Ness, and Bali Rai (a heart-wrenching story about honor killings). I am so glad I decided to give this collection a go! ...more
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Didn't particularly like any of the stories except for Patrick Ness and Sophie McKenzie's. I had anticipated this a lot and I was fairly disappointed by it overall. It was fine but not what I was expecting from it. ...more
Ten stories. About unhealthy/abusive relationships, deciding not to have sex, trying and not succeeding, and in two cases, young boys getting to have sex with experienced older girls. (Did you guess that those two were written by men? You are correct.)

I'm glad that at least a few of them were about positive, consensual experiences. But both of the stories with the younger boy/older girl had dishonesty in them. One, the boy was lying about his age. The other, the boy was cheating on a girlfriend
Did I finish this one in one sitting? Well yes, yes I did. Did I enjoyed it? Not so much. Well it depends on the story.
First of all, I have to mention that Slovenian edition has 10 stories not just 8, because there are two Slovenian authors included. I can't remember the last time I read a book by Slovenian author.

"It was last summer, Rebeka."
"Oh... right. But it doesn't count."

Why not? Because it was middle grade book. And reading young adult stories about teenagers in my country felt so famili
Apr 29, 2014 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 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
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Keith Gray grew up in and around Grimsby and Cleethorpes on the east coast of England and decided he'd better take his writing ambition seriously after achieving 0% in his accountancy exams. His debut, 'Creepers', was published when he was only 24 and was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize. Since then his books have either won or been shortlisted for awards all over the world including the ...more

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