Happy Christmas Eve Blogmas friends!
I hope, right now, that you are surrounded by the people who mean the most to you, making the most out of the holiday season.
And, hey. If you have decided to pop in to see my reaction to day twenty-four’s short story, than I’m glad you’ve decided to include me in your holiday festivities!
So without anymore rambling I present to you day twenty-four of the Short Story Advent Calendar. Enjoy.
Tripping Sunny Chaudhry by Rachel Lyon
First Appeared: Bodega (January 2016)
Print Length: 10 pages
This short story was mediocre at best.
Tripping Sunny Chaudhry follows the story of an unnamed female as she returns to her hometown for Christmas. It follows her contemplation of meeting her ex, Sean, and how the worst thing he ever did was against a person who deserved it.
Once again, this short story practices the dialogue without quotation marks convention that I’ve complained about several times already. I don’t understand why authors don’t use quotations in their writing. Quotations marks primary function is to represent language so by leaving them out I just assume that everyone is speaking telepathically with one another, thus taking away from the meaning of the story.
I also didn’t much care for any character in the story besides Sean. Yes, through out the narrative the reader is suppose to believe he is a bully, that tripping Sunny Chaudhry should fill him with a sense of guilt. And yet, with the narrator reliving a conversation only to prove he was as bad as everyone else, I felt a kind of sad that Sean will never know that, while his wrong didn’t make a right, his guilt surrounding the incident should be absolved.
Overall Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars.
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