In the Boston Phoenix article Ghost Writer, author Nina MacLaughlin says of Kelly Link's new YA short story collection, Pretty Monsters, "It’s amusing and perfectly captures high school, but is also smarter and funnier than any 11th-grader could articulate."
That struck me as an interesting observation. If it's smarter and funnier than eleventh graders can articulate, will they like it? Or will they be glad that the book is able to articulate the smart, funny things that they can't? I expect to read Pretty Monsters at some point, because I liked Link's earlier book of short stories Magic for Beginners. But I'm not an eleventh grader, so I don't imagine I'll be able to make a decison about the articulation question.
Pretty Monsters has received three starred reviews.
Link also has a short story in the science fiction anthology The Starry Rift.
Link from Blog of a Bookslut.