What’s The SHORT Story, Morning Glory?: On Bougainvillea by Carrie Ryan

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Zombies Vs. Unicorns

As you can certainly see, I am still experimenting with a name for this feature. I’m quite excited to write about this week’s short story. Continuing with the short stories from Zombies Vs. Unicorns, I read Bougainvillea by Carrie Ryan. Holy hell, it was awesome.

Okay, so I’ve read reviews of Zombies Vs. Unicorns where people are all OMFG! BOUGAINVILLEA! But, being me, I reserved my judgement. I’m not sure why, as I know from The Forest of Hands and Teeth AND The Dead Tossed Waves that Carrie Ryan is awesome. I mean, hello, to make zombies part of the environment and sort of the background while the characters rise above that and enter into self-discovery, instead of the whole story being about fighting zombies is exactly the type of thing I like to read. I mean, yes, the zombies are important, but they are second fiddle. Also, I am totes a character study kind of girl.

Bougainvillea is comprised of 21 Before and Now sections. These sections chronicle the life of Iza, a teenage girl who is daughter of the governor of Curaco, which FYI is an island, not just a drink. (I know, paint the stupid sign on my forehead, but really I had no clue.) Right, so we see actually get to see how it was before the mudo became a fact of life. We also see how people cope immediately afterwards. Concurrently, we see how it is when mudo are part of the every day experience.

Holy hell do I love this story. I mean, for 40 pages Iza comes a long way. She fully comes into her own and I love that. I love that she could have gone two ways, and she chose the way I did not expect. The ending is totally a fistpump experience.

I wish all the short stories I read would be of this calibre. Bougainvillea is finely written. There’s an overarching plot. Nothing feels too contrived. I got a real feel for Iza and her motives. Overall, I totally recommend getting Zombies vs. Unicorns if only for this story.

Disclosure: Received for review.

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April is 28 years old and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. In her free time she can be found reading, working out, or eating junk food. She often wears her sunglasses at night.

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