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Just in time for Valentine’s Day comes a confection from David Levithan that is sure to appeal to fans of Boy Meets Boy. Here are 18 stories, all about love, and about all kinds of love. From the aching for the one you pine for, to standing up and speaking up for the one you love, to pure joy and happiness, these love stories run the gamut of that emotion that at some poin ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published January 8th 2008 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Leela
Mar 03, 2008 Leela rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Gays, Lesbians and friends of those who are.
When I picked up this book, I wasn't expected it to be about gay relationships (there are some straight stories though), but I felt like I shouldn't put it down. Reading the story's, I usually had to wait until a page in to figure out if the narrator was a boy or a girl, which made me realize how love is love and a crush is a crush no matter your preferance. While there were some parts in the book where I cringed, there were others were I laughed. And although I am straight, I found myself relat ...more
Stephanie
"Starbucks Boy": Hilarious, clever, and sweet. 5/5

"Miss Lucy Had A Steamboat": I didn't really get this one, but I THINK it's about how one should respond to getting one's heart broken. 3/5.

"The Alumni Interview": Interviews for colleges are always varying degrees of awful. Add to it the awkwardness of the interviewer being your boyfriend's father and everything gets hilarious but even more awful. 5/5.

"The Good Witch": Painful prom story. 3/5.

"The Escalator, a Love Story": Rather meh. 3/5.

"The N
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Claudia
Apr 09, 2008 Claudia rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: YA fans with short attention spans
Shelves: ya-books, wishlist
Disclaimer -- I LOVE THIS MAN!! Every book I've read of Levithan has touched my heart. This collection of short stories began, he says, as a way to avoid an AP physics lesson. That story, "A Romantic Inclination," is so funny.

Levithan's characters search for someone to love...he believes in the power of love.

Favorite line: "every two people cause an intersection. Every person alters the world."
Mika
"Starbucks Boy" : Sweet, endearing, Arabella was awesome. Made me crave for coffee. 4/5

"Miss Lucy Had A Steamboat" : A complicated one, with twists and turns. A girl who is dealing -in her own way- with having her heart broken. Beautifully written. 3/5

"The Alumni Interview" : I especially loved the ending, it shows the need to stand out for yourself and for the people you love, no matter what (or who) is in front of you. 4/5

"The Good Witch" : Kind of funny, but also kind of boring. 3/5

"The Escal
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Melissa
I highly recommend this book. Not just for YAs, but for anyone who enjoys a good story about love. As explained in his author's note, each story was written for friends on Valentine's Day, and are for the most part in their original format (the tradition began when the author was in high school). Some of the stories will make you laugh, and some will make you sad, but all are completely enjoyable.
Nikki
David Levithan did a good job with this collection of short stories. They're all about love, different kinds of teenage loves, and they definitely remind me of my teen relationships -- though I think the girl who plays with her lesbian/bisexual best friend's heart and will never quite get the signals unmixed is a pretty ubiquitous one. Still, there's defiant we're-gay-so-what love, dating because it's familiar and convenient love, bittersweet love... There are love stories with two boys, two gir ...more
Dakota Vradenburg
I thought that this was a brilliant book. Oftentimes, I felt that these characters were real people that were writing their own stories. Stories that will now live on, whether in fame or infamy. I didn't find myself bothered by the fact that many of the stories were about homosexual relationships. In fact, as one reader has already said, it really does make you realize that love is a universal thing. Love is love is love and it doesn't matter how the parties associate themselves, all that matter ...more
Theresa Flores
"Love doesn’t have to be on Valentine’s Day. It doesn’t have to be by the time you turn eighteen or thirty-three or fifty-nine. It doesn’t have to conform to whatever is usual. It doesn’t have to be kismet at once, or rhapsody by the third day.

It just has to be. In time. In place. In spirt.

It just has to be."


4.5 stars, to be more specific. How They Met And Other Stories is basically a collection of different love stories; a story of romance between a boy and a girl, a heartbreaking tale of tw
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Caitlin
I started this book thinking it would be a bunch of cute little love story of the usual kind. But I got a little bit of a surprise to find out the first story was about a gay boy. But I can live with some of that mixed in, I kept reading to find that out of 18 stories, 8 focused on gays or lesbians.

But they are all cute little stories about finding love and are worth the quick read. Some of my favorites (probably because they remind me of my self) are A Romantic Inclination and Without Saying.
Heather
This collection of stories about love isn't my favorite of Levithan's books—I think his particular explorations of emotion and connection work best for me when they're novel-length. But because I already like his work, I'm glad I read this book, which does have its share of excellent moments. The eighteen stories collected here (most of which are prose but some of which are free verse) center, mostly, around young love (or young lust, or young heartbreak), both straight and queer. Levithan's nar ...more
Lauredhel
I'm on a Levithan kick at the moment - can you tell?

Like John Irving, Levithan includes a few common ingredients into most of his works. But instead of Austria and bears and incest, it's Jewishness, queerness, music, lust, and love.

Levithan is a 'true' YA writer, even in short stories managing to show us those moments of transition when a young character's world expands, when change is imminent. He captures adolescent moments of missed connections and almost-missed connections so vividly that y
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Tricia
Rate: 2.5

The stories are charming and extraordinary, something you don't get to read everyday, something that was once a taboo or unspoken but now has been widely accepted by the society. These stories are mostly about the LGBT community - telling us that they are also capable of loving like the rest of us. There is nothing different to them compared to us (aka heterosexuals). They have stories and Levithan is here to tell.

I like some of the stories, some I don't. Levithan has used different te
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Kathleen
It's a matter of preference. I have nothing against the writing nor the stories, but it all comes down to whether I enjoyed reading it or not. It's the latter. Suffice to say, I'm a conventional kind of girl I guess :)

I really loved the airplane story though. That was my favorite and it had my heart all gooey! The Romantic Inclinations was a good one too!
Alex
This is an amazing book, one that all should read. It is a collection of short stories about people, relationships, that are not connected, but somehow intertwined. Levithan proves once again why he is a master story-teller. This book is one everyone should read, regardless of age, gender, creed, sexuality, or anything else.
Starseeker
I really really enjoyed this.
Looking back I realise I gave a lot of 2 stars. This isn't because I didn't enjoy those stories. I thought they were okay and nice by themselves but when they're put together I loved them.
Going into this book I knew there would be gay/lesbian couples and perspectives which I was completely fine with.
As I kept reading I kept trying to distinguish if the perspective I was reading from was a boy or girl and then I realised it didn't matter. The most important thing th
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Lucas
“The minute I knew I was in love was the minute when there was no question about it.”

Al principio del libro, en la nota del autor, sale un comentario acerca de como los libros de historias cortas no eran comparables a las novelas en si. Yo pensaba así, y aun lo sigo haciendo.

Las 18 historias cortas se me hicieron eso, cortas. Aunque algunas me gustaron mucho, siendo mi favorita "Starbucks Boy", sintiéndome varias veces identificado (no solo en este, en varios mas igual) y resulto ser hilarante
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♔ Kristy ♔
Jan 09, 2015 ♔ Kristy ♔ rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mature Audience
My Thought
4 stars

There is something I would like to mention before I go about my thoughts. If you haven't read the novel yet then I definitely recommend you to borrow it from your local library, loan it from a friend or buy it so you can mark the beautiful writing Levithan has to offer. It did be a perfect read for Valentine's Day. But if you've read the novel, then I certainly hoped you haven't missed out on his author's note. For the first time ever, I found myself enjoying reading an author's
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Ralala

Lovely collection of 'stories about love'

STARBUCKS BOY: 2/5 - realistic but a bit cliche

MISS LUCY HAD A STEAMBOAT: 3/5 - Story about heartbreak

THE ALUMNI INTERVIEW: 3/5 - Fun and Serious story about meeting the parents

THE GOOD WITCH: 2/5 - quite a mehh prom story

THE ESCALATOR, A LOVE STORY: 5/5 - loved this cute and short love story

THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO MEET ON AIRPLANES: 3/5 - okay and different

ANDREW CHANG: 1/5 - this one was very painful to read ..

FLIRTING WITH WAITERS: 3/5 - the age
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Hilary
This is a great collection of YA love stories. Some are hetero, some are not. Some end well, some do not. Some feature combating homophobia, some do not. I liked almost all of them, though some more than others, natch. There are a couple I would use to teach, because the reader isn't aware of the sex of the protagonist until we're already invested, so it'd be neat to use them to discuss normativity, our relations to characters, etc. (Some study showed that hetero men who read a story and didn't ...more
Jesse
May 23, 2013 Jesse rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: LGBT, YA readers, fan of non-cliches
3.5 stars.
“Every two people cause an intersection. Every person alters the world.”

First, I wasn't quite aware that this is an LGBT themed book before I picked it up so I was pretty much surprised when the first story involved a boy-to-boy relationship. And so with every story, I had to refrain myself to imagine the character right away because I still need to figure out whether the character is a he or she. That major struggle aside, it was a wholly nice and refreshing read. There were really gr
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Kelly
“When I realized I was into girls, it was scary to let go of all the things I was supposed to be and all the things I was supposed to want. It’s like you’re a character in this book that everyone around you is writing, and suddenly you have to say, I’m sorry, but this role isn’t right for me. And you have to start writing your own life and doing your own thing. That was hard enough. But that was nothing —- nothing, I tell you —- compared to the idea that I could let go of the desire to have a gi ...more
Miss Bookiverse
How They Met ist eine Sammlung von Geschichten über die Liebe, da wo sie gerade hinfällt. Wie der Titel sagt, geht es um die Momente, in denen zwei Menschen sich kennen lernen oder noch mal neu begegnen. Manchmal erfährt man nur von dieser Situation, ein andern mal begleitet man das Paar über Wochen oder Jahre.

Wenn einer über die Liebe schreiben kann ohne kitschig und patethisch zu klingen dann David Levithan. Das hat er hier wieder kunstvoll unter Beweis gestellt. Anscheinend konnte er das auch
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Nichole
This book was absolutely AMAZING. David Levithan can weave a tale like a spider can a web, so intricately beautiful. Every tale was a worthwhile one, every single one worth the emotions that flood me as I read it. Levithan has a knack for making his stories intensely easy to relate to. I could put myself in every situation, and understand where the character was coming from wholeheartedly. My favorite stories were "Miss Lucy had a Steamboat," "The Alumni Interview," "The Number of People Who Mee ...more
Rebecca
Aug 01, 2011 Rebecca rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Rebecca by: Evan & Angie
Not all of these rang true for me, but each tells its own "how we met" story of a couple, whether gay, straight, young, or old, and, like the best stories, each has tidbits that most of us can recognize. I'm amazed that he wrote one of these in high school and several in college! In fact, knowing that David Levithan is such a prolific writer, I wondered how he chooses which stories stay short, and which become longer books. If he finds a wonderful way to describe a crush that passes in a single ...more
Meagan
In his Author's Note, David Levithan explains that this collection of short stories sprang from a tradition of presenting short stories to his friends and family on Valentine's Day. As a result, we have How They Met and Other Stories, which even contains the original Valentine's Day story, "A Romantic Inclination."

The greatest strength of this book is that David Levithan presents to the reader all the different aspects of love, and none of it is sappy or overly sentimental. We are given love bet
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Romi
Thank you to Text Publishing Australia for this review copy!

I feel a little like shelving this under both "romance" and "mega romance" is slightly askew, because love feels like it needs a different shelf from romance, at least in this case, but it's quite romantic, too, so...

I would estimate that over half of the stories in this collection weren't suited to me personally, a handful more I really disliked, and a smaller handful I truly enjoyed. For the ones I enjoyed this would be a 3.5-4 star
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Glenn
An amazing writer. One of my favourites. Everything I read of his is amazing. Other reviews of this say what I think so not going to repeat it except to say as someone else mentioned, these stories are about love and it's really irrelevant if it's between 2 boys, 2 girls, or whatever. It's love and that feeling comes across in these stories really well. Love it.
Sarah
Levithan’s stories transcend sexuality, and get at the root of love and heartache. While some stories do focus on the difficulties that homosexuality can bring, the stories main focus is on the love and interactions between people. Whether it is a gay relationship or straight couple, young or old, Levithan adds just the right amount of humor and humanity to his stories to appeal to any reader, no matter their sexual preference, race, gender or age. Levithan has a true gift for writing, mixing hu ...more
Steve lovell
A diner party conversation topic the world over is ‘How did you two meet?’ David Levithan does indeed provide ‘pure reading pleasure’ with this delightful array of stories, mainly of gay love for both genders, but also the ‘straight’ variety. It is the perfect read in the lead up to Valentines Day for young adult and more mature devourers of print. My personal favourites of the eighteen offerings were ‘The Escalator, A Love Story’ and ‘The Number Of people Who Meet On Planes’. The prose poem ‘Wh ...more
Sarah Stewart
Sarah Stewart
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How They Met, and Other Stories is a collection of love stories. This includes stories based on the love of family, friends, and lovers. Gay, straight, or bi, all types of love are included in this collection. There are stories for every reader, which will have readers believing in true love no matter the sexual orientation or relationship. Beginning with “Starbucks Boy” and ending with "How They Met”, Levithan skillfully wrote these stories throughout the years to crea
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David Levithan (born 1972) is an American children's book editor and award-winning author. He published his first YA book, Boy Meets Boy, in 2003. Levithan is also the founding editor of PUSH, a Young Adult imprint of Scholastic Press.

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