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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Making It is a collection of interconnected romantic verse written by Amanda Gibbs. It starts with yet another guy trying to pick up a woman at a bar and her infinite sense of weariness with the whole thing. She's not at all prepared for his ability to shrug off her barbed responses and give just about as good as he gets. Somehow they end up on the dance floor, both clumsy and not at all smooth with their moves, and both laughing hysterically at the not-so-fine figure that they cut. After that first dance, there's the phone number written on a bar napkin which leads to... This collection of free verse, text messages and flash fiction follows the two as they veer towards becoming a couple, and what happens after that.
Amanda Gibbs' romantic flash fiction verse collection, Making It, grabbed my attention and kept me wondering just what would happen next. Gibbs' pen is razor sharp, and her prose is lean and economical. Moods flash and weighty questions are posed, and their responses noted almost as an afterthought. These unique and marvelous verses are elegantly strung together with a sense of adventure, humor and love. Not the Harlequin kind, but rather the deep interconnectedness of two people who've opted to share their lives, but couldn't after all really do anything but that. They test and spar and set boundaries and what if's, and it all works beautifully. And while Making It concludes perfectly, I still wanted more and hope to see more verse, flash fiction or otherwise, from this talented author. Making It is most highly recommended.