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Reviewed by Amy Raines for Readers' Favorite
Movember by Beth Loure is a short but powerfully assertive story of a young woman (Sabrina Lawson) who is in college and easily identifies and feels more comfortable with the elderly. Sabrina has already had an unpleasant experience with the lifeguard but is determined not to let that ruin the joy of swimming for her. While in the pool, she realizes she knows the swimmer from her earlier high school years. She recalls the torture and embarrassment she endured in school after an encounter with him that left her almost naked. Even moving to a different town had not helped her. Sabrina decides to confront him but he doesn’t remember her, which makes the young woman angrier. She coaxes him back to the pool where she almost carries out her revenge, but still feels powerful and justified in her actions.
Beth Loure develops a very interesting plot in Movember that would be useful in helping to deter bullying in school systems and college life. The story of Movember begins in a mild tone, with a light hearted feel, but quickly turns into a sad reverie and then into vengeance. Beth Loure unfolds the story with a remarkable narrative from the viewpoint of the main character, Sabrina Lawson. With a very skillful structure, Movember is a very moving yet slightly alarming story as the main character takes matters into her own hands. Beth Loure definitely has a gifted hand at writing short stories, a hand I hope will write plenty more. Movember by Beth Loure would be a very different but interesting addition to anyone’s library of short stories.