Blueprints for Building Better Girls by Elissa Schappell

I know that many people have trouble rating collections of short stories, because the quality of the stories may vary. Even when they are all by the same author, it’s normal to like some of the stories and be underwhelmed or even hate other stories.

But I didn’t have this problem when I read Blueprints for Building Better Girls.  All of the stories were equally good. Seriously, I loved all of them. I was on the last few pages and I wanted to start rereading the book immediately after finishing. It was that good.

But enough of my fangirling. If  I remember correctly, this collection features eight stories. They are about the experiences of different kinds of women: teenagers and mothers, party girls and artists, “good” and “bad” girls. All of them were honest, and realistic, heartbreaking and heartwarming. I can’t explain how touching these stories were.

I feel kind of dumb, because the stories are linked and I didn’t notice that until I read the Goodreads page for the book.  So anytime you read a name that sounds familiar from a previous story, it’s because it’s the same character. This gives the stories an even deeper meaning because we can see the characters from different perspectives.

I urge you all to read this book, you definitely won’t regret it.

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