‘Girl Meets Boy’ has an eye-catching cover and is packaged as a perfect romantic read for Spring. It’s a collection of short stories by twelve of the...more‘Girl Meets Boy’ has an eye-catching cover and is packaged as a perfect romantic read for Spring. It’s a collection of short stories by twelve of the hottest young adult authors around about love and romance. I’m not always a massive fan of the short story format but I was excited to read this particular collection. The editor’s introduction says that the stories are about bridging the gap of gender-based misunderstandings and I think that’s a pretty accurate assessment of this title.
What I really liked was the format which is based on the idea of he said / she said, presenting both the male and female view of a relationship. Often the characters in the stories interpret events completely differently which puts an interesting spin on the stories. The authors who were teamed together included James Howe and Ellen Wittlinger, Chris Cutcher and Kelly Milner Halls, Terry Davis and Rebecca Fjelland Davis, Rita Williams-Garcia and Terry Trueman, Joseph Bruchac and Cynthia Leitich Smith and Sara Ryan and Randy Powell. Some of these authors I’d heard of before and some were completely new to me but I’m now looking forward to reading their other books.
I enjoyed certain stories more than others but then I think that’s always the case with short story collections. My favourites were probably the first in the book ‘Love or Something Like It’ by Chris Cutcher and the reply ‘Some Things Never Change’ by Kelly Milner Halls. I also felt quite touched by ‘Want to Meet’ and ‘Meeting for Real’. These were almost too short for me, as I would have liked to have seen the stories and characters developed further. That’s why I usually prefer full-length books, because the author will always have more time to explore all the issues raised.
I actually would have liked to have seen more romance in a lot of the stories too. There was much less than I’d originally anticipated and many of the stories were about the characters delving into and dealing with their own personal issues rather than romantic love in the conventional sense. These issues ranged from a girl who’d had a sex change, to a gay boy seeking love online, to a relationship between a Muslim boy and a Christian girl.
Although my heart didn't flutter as much as I thought it would, I still really enjoyed this unique and interesting book which certainly looks very pretty on my shelves! (less)
I'm not a big fan of short stories but I thought I'd give this book a try because so many of my favourite authors have contributed to the collection....moreI'm not a big fan of short stories but I thought I'd give this book a try because so many of my favourite authors have contributed to the collection. My favourite was Skin Contact by Kimberly Derting but I didn't read every story, instead dipping in and out.(less)
I decided to wait to read this one until December so that I could enjoy the Christmas themed stories in the run up to the big day. You definitely want...moreI decided to wait to read this one until December so that I could enjoy the Christmas themed stories in the run up to the big day. You definitely want to start this title when you're curled up by the fire with a big mug of hot chocolate in your hands. 'Let It Snow' consists of three festive and inter-connected stories by bestselling YA authors John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle. Each is extremely unique and quite quirky. Personally I'm not a big fan of short stories as I often find that I'm not given enough time to become properly acquainted with the characters or that I'm just getting into a story when it's suddenly all over. I did find this was the case with this collection although I still enjoyed it.
The first story is called 'The Jubilee Express' by Maureen Johnson. It's about a girl called Jubilee who is on her way to stay with her grandparents for Christmas when her train gets stuck in the snow in the small town of Graceland. Here she meets an interesting cast of characters who also feature later on in the book. This is followed by John Green's 'A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle' which features Tobin and his friends trying to get to the Waffle House after finding out that fourteen cheerleaders have descended there after being stranded in town. The final story called 'The Patron Saint of Pigs' by Lauren Myracle was actually my least favourite. It centres around Addie who has promised to collect her friends teacup piglet but can't seem to focus after having split up with her boyfriend Jeb.
Each story centres around the themes of love and friendship. They feature romance and new beginnings, as well as what happens when friendship turns into something more. There's the promise of forgiveness and starting over, with all the characters' stories concluding in quite unexpected ways. It's not the best Christmas book I've ever read but I still enjoyed this wintery, festive collection which would make a great present for the holiday season. (less)