– Marissa Meyer (ed.) –
Published 4 January 2022
Do you have a favourite romantic trope? If you ask most romance fans, they might have one or two tropes in mind. This book is for those readers. It’s such a great idea and such a great collection of romantic YA short stories, each one written by a well known YA author and each one featuring some of our favourite romantic tropes.
From fake dating to one shared bed, matchmaking to the grand romantic gesture, this collection of short stories has many of your favourite tropes but also a few you may not have thought of.
My favourite story was Liberty by Anna-Marie McLemore. A gay sports novel featuring two black cheerleaders and a story about being yourself? Yes please!!! It was so good and if Anna-Marie could write more novels like this, that would be great, thank you. It was such a powerful story and perfect for the short story length.
My other favourite was Shooting Stars by Marissa Meyer. And no, it’s not sci-fi, as I first assumed. All the stories are realistic fiction. Shooting Stars uses the one shared bed trope but Marissa does such a great job of building the tension and surprising me, a few times actually, by just keeping me guessing.
The other utterly delightful thing about this collection is the diversity. Not just in the characters, which include black, LGBT, white, Asian and Indian characters, but also in the story formats. There is a graphic novel included in the collection, there are 4 LGBT romance stories to 6 heterosexual romances, and 1 of latter is a little more about friendship and possibilities than a specific romance (and I really enjoyed that story too).
A beautiful collection of romantic short stories, a delight to read each and every one of them and finally a diverse short story collection.
The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.
Category: Young adult fiction.
Genre: Contemporary, Short Stories
Themes: Romance, tropes, friendship, LGBT, relationships.
Reading age guide: Ages 13 and up.
Advisory: Coarse language, f*** (12), sh**(16), ass**** (6), pi** (3, di** (1). Vague sexual references.
Representation: Hetrosexual and homosexual relationships, LGBT characters, Asian, White, Black and Indian main characters.
Published: 4 January 2022 by Feiwel and Friends
Format: Hardcover, paperback, ebook. 320 pages.
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