Friday, July 20, 2012

Say It With a Card

Posted by A Drop of Romeo at 12:15 PM
Taylor, who works at a greeting card store, wants nothing more than to be given a Valentine of her own. But what happens when she has to sell one to the boy she secretly likes?
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Annie Thinks: Before you go thinking, "Ugh, another Valentine's Day story," stop. It's not. Well, it is, but it's a very good one. It's pretty cliche, but cliches are good, especially here on ADoR.

It's about Taylor, who works in a card store, surrounded by romantic cards and stuffed animals. Her crush, Martin, comes in, looking for a card he can give to the girl he likes. Taylor helps him out, though her heart is breaking as she does. Martin asks for suggestions and Taylor tells him that everything she would have chosen, she already owns, except for one card, which, of course, he buys for his girl.

Say It With a Card is a cute, thoughtful read that, though the idea is pretty cliche, is very original and good. The characters were very likable. Usually, in one-shots, the characters are odd and outlandish, which is sometimes the only good quality about the story. In this one, however, Taylor and Martin are both very realistic and just normal. You can tell that Taylor is romantic and quiet, and I think that's something many of us can relate to. Martin is the silent, broody type; you get the feeling that he doesn't like to show his emotions. The dialogue contained phrases people would actually say. It's only about 2,400 words which is the perfect length to tell the story. The author seemed to have put a lot of effort and thought into it, although she's posted 150 works on the site, which is just insane and wonderful to me. Even though it's definitely not Valentine's Day, you should certainly read Say It With a Card right now.

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