It Gets Easier

A Short Tale of Comical Catastrophe

Fiction - Humor/Comedy
21 Pages
Reviewed on 03/10/2016
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Author Biography

Justine Avery is an award-winning author of stories large and small for all. Born in the American Midwest and raised all over the world, she is inherently an explorer, duly fascinated by everything around her and excitedly noting the stories that abound all around. As an avid reader of all genres, she weaves her own stories among them all. She has a predilection for writing speculative fiction and story twists and surprises she can’t even predict herself.

Avery has either lived in or explored all 50 states of the union, over 36 countries, and all but one continent; she lost count after moving 30-some times before the age of 20. She’s intentionally jumped out of airplanes and off the highest bungee jump in New Zealand, scuba dived unintentionally with sharks, designed websites, intranets, and technical manuals, bartered with indigenous Panamanians, welded automobile frames, observed at the Bujinkan Hombu Dojo in Noba, Japan, and masterminded prosperous internet businesses—to name a few adventures. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree that life has never required, and at age 28, she sold everything she owned and quit corporate life—and her final "job"—to freelance and travel the world as she always dreamed of. And she’s never looked back.

She currently lives near Los Angeles with her husband, British film director Devon Avery, and their three adopted children: Becks, Sam, and Lia. She writes from wherever her curiosity takes her.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite

Justine Avery’s short story, It Gets Easier: A Short Tale of Comical Catastrophe, is a fascinating fictional work. The story begins with Jake repeating his newly-conceived mantra, “It Gets Easier.” He is driving his girlfriend Samantha to an outlying reservoir, in her mother’s borrowed car. Although Samantha seems anxious, wanting to make sure he does not have an accident and cause damage to her mother’s car, there is also a comfortable, easy feeling between the two characters. He is feeling confident in their growing relationship, silently contemplating their future together. The intriguing story continues ... and ends with the mantra, “It Gets Easier.”

The art of writing a short story includes the elements of character, setting, plot and conflict; Justine Avery skillfully molds these elements together in her fictional short story. Ms. Avery is certainly a master writer in the short story genre. In just a few pages, the reader has a good understanding of the two characters, the car in which they ride, and the area where they park. The plot and conflict are revealed – this review will not include a spoiler, you simply have to read the story. One way to judge a superb short story is the “unexpected twist” test. The reader should want to re-read the story immediately, to see all the overlooked subtle hints and clues. Ms. Avery’s short story met this test. It is an exciting and surprising romp that the short story lover will not want to miss!

R Gibbs

This short story is really has a great twist. Loved it. Great again from this author

Muddymoo

Another very well written and funny short from this author. I highly recommend that you do not read this whilst sitting next to your new girlfriend on the way home from a family gathering and I can guarantee that you will be ever so slightly afraid of women after reading! Justine Avery is putting out some exceptional short stories on a diverse range of subjects and they are all very much worth a read.

B.D. Smith

Unexpected twist.

John Yeoman, for Writers'

A teasing story that begins deceptively as a teen romance and segues by many a clever twist into noir comedy and horror. It confutes the reader's expectations all the way to a shocking close.

Loretta M. Siani

The more we lie the easier it becomes to lie. The steps away from truth lead us into chaos and the more we take them the easier and easier they get. Until finally we become numb to truth. Utter horror becomes humdrum. Herein lies our descent from innocence to guilt, from heaven to hell. It's a macabre tail but a true tail. Justine Avery tells it like it is. And so well.