Young People of the Pandemic

An Anthology of Stories, Anecdotes and Poems By 10-21-year-Old Americans

Non-Fiction - Anthology
178 Pages
Reviewed on 11/15/2020
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lois Henderson for Readers' Favorite

Young People of the Pandemic: An Anthology of Stories, Anecdotes, and Poems by 10- to 21-year-old Americans, edited by Nancy S. Nelson, is a fascinating collection of tales and poetry from tweens, teenagers, and young adults from across the United States. Here they share their experiences, losses, and gains of 2020, while the COVID-19 pandemic swept the country. How they endured the stringent and socially isolating conditions of a government-imposed lockdown reads as engrossingly as does Anne Frank’s diary, written when she and her family were sheltering in a Dutch attic from the depredations of the Nazi regime of the last century.

With the compilers for the anthology being themselves contributors to the work, along with their friends, the approach is fresh and lively. Each contributor was specifically tasked by Nancy Nelson with writing two pieces within the space of three months. In order to retain the authenticity of the individual contributions, minimal editing was done, and the result is both intriguing and, at times, heart-wrenching. In addition to the submissions themselves, a short profile is given of each writer, which enables the reader to gain an idea of the social setting and context in each case. The few photos given of each contributor interacting with the environment around them enable us to gain insight into the lifestyles of the youngsters involved, broadening the target market to a worldwide audience. With some tales resembling the contents of a Stephen King novel and others being emotionally moving and poignant, a vast range of sentiments is covered in Young People of the Pandemic, which should have you riveted to the edge of your seat―I was!