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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Lost in Notebooks: A Collection of Short Stories by David T Straw is a collection of four stories that will take you into the lives of different people as they face different phases of their lives. In Starting from Strangers, the story follows a young man and his friend as they come across something that will change their whole world view. A Moment in Hiding is the story of two siblings as they discover something almost magical that will make them see things in a completely different light. Tension is the story of a sailor who learns to grow up the hard way. And finally, The Original Crack is the story of a soccer team as they realize that the game is just the beginning; the real battle awaits them off the field.
All four of these stories are very different from each other yet they all have one thing in common: human emotions. Each character mentioned in these stories shows a different side of human beings and how we act when things go a little differently than we expected. Keller is smart yet very vulnerable, Corey was an old soul trying to make sense of the world and even Travis was someone you can relate to in a heartbeat. The backdrop of each story was well-thought-out; you can tell that the author felt connected to each story and you can feel his presence in the narrative. I think I liked Tension the best. It was different, it felt more real because Corey is a character that I felt most comfortable with. His battle with himself contrasted with his life and that made the story very interesting for me. I loved this collection and hope the author writes more soon. He has a knack for telling complete stories in limited pages and that is a gift he should share with the world!