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Together, Apart

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  853 ratings  ·  271 reviews
A collection of original contemporary love stories set during life in lockdown by some of today's most popular YA authors.

Erin Craig "delivers" on a story about a new girl in town and the cute pizza delivery boy, Auriane Desombre captures our hearts with teens communicating through window signs, and Bill Konigsberg takes us along on daily walks with every step bringing
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 20th 2020 by Delacorte Press
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daph pink ♡
Oct 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: queer, ya, 3-star
1. Love , delivered🍕📚❤

-> aahhh I loved it , that's the thing about these short stories , they just leave to hanging like this with smile from ear to ear , omg this was so cute , like I totally can feel Millie , when your both parents are working and you have to spend the quarantine alone, and then there comes a friend , a spark of hope , omg that's cute!

2. The socially distant dog walking brigade 🐕🌈❤

--> This was even cuter than the previous one , two queer boys and their dogs going on
Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a lovely bundle of delicious short quarantine romcom stories to get lost in! Heartwarming, sweet, funny, entertaining!

Some of them are hmmm okay (Delivered by Erin A. Craig, so sorry I hated the guts of heroine! Bill Konigsberg ‘s “ Socially Distance Dog and Walking Brigade” and “ Rules of Comedy “ centered on five minutes Tik Tok challenger heroine from Auriane Desombre were Switzerland read- neither I enjoyed nor I hated it!)

My less favorite one was unfortunately Natasha Preston’s New B
Claude's Bookzone
Nov 10, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

Some really cute stories in this lock-down love collection! There was only one that I didn't enjoy because I find brooding, rude, and dismissive guys or gals to be annoying and can't fathom why anyone would find that behaviour swoon worthy. The rest were varying degrees of charming, sweet and smile inducing!
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Don't you just love books that reflect your current life situation?

Story by story:

Pizza Boy by Erin A. Craig
relatable quote: "This stupid, stupid virus. It was ruining everything."
Cute but a little forgettable. The MCs were both reading The Catcher in the Rye for school, which I also did during quarantine (maybe this is a little toooooo close to home). The heroine was a touch selfish, which honestly would've been fine, except the author added a sentence about privilege to make it self aware but
Avani ✨
Jun 14, 2021 rated it liked it
the stories are very cute and simple. I liked the last one the most.
Together, Apart by Erin A. Craig is a short story collection about finding love in untimely mattered. Aka durning the pandemic.
When I first started this arc I didn't realized what this one was about. Tbh I didn't read the summary of this one and just saw the cover cause it was really cute! This is a nine short story collection from authors that I have read before and haven't read. This is a short story collection that is set durning everyone's pov and durning the pandemic, which was a little h
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Is it possible to have a meet cute in quarantine? Yes, yes it is! Assortment of straight and queer relationships develop in the middle of a pandemic. Whether it's flirting with the pizza delivery guy or bantering over Chinese take-out, meeting someone from the next balcony or while walking your dog, all of these romances begin to blossom because of Covid. In these stories, everyone is concerned and everyone is taking precautions seriously. Most are expressing some level of anxiety, are being pe ...more
Together Apart is a compilation of short stories, and love during quarantine and Covid-19. All of us have been in quarantine for so many months, so it was so nice to read a book about people meeting and developing relationships. I haven’t had my meet-cute yet, but I still have my hopes!

Love Delivered by Erin A. Craig 5/5 stars

Super cute! Sure it was kind of insta love, but that is what I’m expecting due to this being a collection of short stories. I loved all the little nods to the Corona vi
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-fuck-yeahs
Thank you to NetGalley, Random House Children's, and Delacorte Press for providing a digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

MY HEART CANNOT!!!!! This was the most adorable, relevant, and real anthology. Each story shows us that love in lockdown is a possibility. We sympathize with our characters staying six feet apart, wishing they didn't have to wear masks, worrying for high-risk family members and friends, and just wanting a damn haircut! We see some meet cutes and some ene
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His eyes gave him away, they're doing the smiling.

I finished this book late into the night and near immediately shouted into the void about how much I loved it. In truth, I wasn't expecting to love this book as much as I did, having found Meet Cute to be somewhat mediocre. I've also never been a massive fan of anthologies since I prefer to really get to know characters rather than experience brief snapshots of their lives. But I'll give the authors of this book this m
Feb 22, 2021 added it
DNF this when I was 67% into it but I couldn’t connect with the stories and it was too out of nowhere everything.
Lydia Hephzibah
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Some of the stories were only "meh" but 4 stars for the ones I really enjoyed (Love with a Side of Fortune; The Green Thumb War; One Day) ...more
Becca ♥︎
First reviewed on Pretty Little Memoirs.

I don’t think that I’ve ever had my emotions flown so all over the place than when I was reading Together, Apart. Despite the stories being swoon-worthy and oh-so-magnetic, I just wanted each one to last forever. And there wasn’t a single story that I didn’t love. I do have a few favourites (of course) but I would ten-times over purchase a full-length book of each story that was woven in the novel. Each time that one of the stories would reach peak-cutenes
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

While still living in a pandemic, thank you COVID, I thought it was high time to dive into Together, Apart. I feel like now was way better for me instead of when I actually received the eARC. Mostly because I laughed so hard since I've basically lived through some of this already. Especially when we got to the plant chapters.

I actually took a screenshot from my phone and sent it to my sister, the plant killer. She wasn't t
 ⛅ Saniya (sunnysidereviews) ⛅
review and rating to come on my blog and here!
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved every single story! COVID you suck but these stories definitely lightened the mood!
Samantha Kelley
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-favorites
I just finished the most ADORABLE collection of YA romance short stories!

Together, Apart is a collection of short stories by several authors (Erin A. Craig, Bill Konigsberg, Sajni Patel, Auriane Desombre, Natasha Preston, Jennifer Yen, Brittney Morris, Rachel Lippincott, & Erin Hahn) surrounding the topic of finding love and connection during a pandemic. Yes, each individual short story takes place during the present time of the COVID-19 pandemic and I was all fo
Samantha Kelley
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this collection of quarantine love stories! I smiled and truly enjoyed each individual story and thought that each was incredibly unique, fun, and relatable.

Together, Apart is a collection of short stories by several authors (Erin A. Craig, Bill Konigsberg, Sajni Patel, Auriane Desombre, Natasha Preston, Jennifer Yen, Brittney Morris, Rachel Lippincott, & Erin Hahn) surrounding the topic of finding love and connection during a pandemic. Yes, each individual short story takes
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
"Love, Delivered" by Erin A. Craig: ★★★★☆ (read January 1, 2021)
This was cute! It did feel like it was just the beginning of a story instead of a whole one, but I also get that it was more of a glimpse of one tiny part of Millie's life than a full story. A glimpse of a teenager navigating the awful pandemic and finding some hope. Luka was adorable! And I love any story heavily involving pizza.

"The Socially Distant Dog-Walking Brigade" by Bill Konigsberg: ★★☆☆☆ (read January 2, 2021)
I wasn't a b
Love, Delivered by Erin A. Craig
- 2 stars
- I lowkey hated the mc and this just felt super shallow.

The Socially Distant Dog-Walking Brigade by Bill Konigsberg
- 3 stars
- IDK this was just kind of weird. I also have zero patience for hearing about how characters want to take their masks off. Additionally I think the mc repeated something his mom said misgendering his ex and hat was super unnecessary and should have been cut.

One Day by Sajni Patel
- 4 stars
- this story was super into following quaran
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
i literally read this in one sitting. that being said, anthologies are not really my thing since i always crave more after a short story. but since this was about covid i got interested and it definitely didn’t disappoint. obviously the queer stories were my favourite because duh have you met me? anyways here are my individual rating for the stories:

love, delivered
2 stars
the socially distant dog-walking brigade
4 stars
one day
3 stars
the rules of comedy
3.5 stars
the new boy next door
3 stars
love wi
Brittany Zimmerman
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley and Random House for this ARC. All opinions are my own.

Together, Apart was the cutest compilation book I’ve ever read. I love a good romance and this has a bunch of short romance stories all packed into one. The representation was on point. The pacing of each short story was great. Some of them, I couldn’t get enough of! They were heartfelt, well thought out, and so sweet.
Just the idea of putting together stories of what it’d be like to meet someone during the pandemic w
Jun 06, 2021 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
This was the cringiest thing I have ever attempted to read. It read like TikTok stars writing short stories about quarantine for their English class. Maybe if I read it 6 months ago I wouldn't feel this way, but it has become dated SO quickly. It was literally impossible to get through. Would not recommend. ...more
Ruei (Ruei's Reading Corner)
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020, arcs
Full Review: https://rueisreadingcorner.blogspot.c...

I loved how the book was composed of short stories that were all related to quarantine and COVID-19. Instead of focusing on the bad side of the pandemic, the authors turned toward the bright sides and came up with these lovely stories. I'm sure they gave comfort to many people who may have been stressed out about the pandemic.

There are nine stories total so I'm only going to review my favorite ones. All of these stories were good but my favs
Aug 03, 2020 marked it as to-read
cute quarantine short stories? yes please! some of them are queer? HELL YEAH!
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
favorites: one day, love with a side of fortune, green thumb war, stuck with her
Pine Reads Review
After being pretty unlucky in love myself, I decided to pick up Together, Apart, an anthology written by nine amazing authors that’s all about people finding love during the coronavirus pandemic.

And I’m so glad I did.

I enjoyed the varied stories and relationships, from two feuding teens enacting a full-scale competition involving their balcony gardens to two boys who meet during their socially distanced dog-walking brigade to two roommates realizing their shared feelings by being stuck together
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
1. “Love, Delivered” by Erin A. Craig
-5 stars
-Super cute meet-cute that also showed how moving is 1 million times harder during the pandemic and a slice (pun intended) of what life is like with two parents working at a hospital during the pandemic. I loved it!

2. “The Socially Distant Dog-Walking Brigade” by Bill Konigsberg
-4 stars
-Very cute story with a relatable main character. I loved the inclusion of the dogs in the plot, and I literally laughed out loud at one point (always a good sign).
More reviews and recs on my blog!

Together, Apart is a cute and diverse collection of YA romance short stories set during the Covid-19 pandemic. Admittedly, when I began reading, I realized I was not ready to read pandemic stories, but I pushed through my discomfort. And I'm glad I did.

There were hits and misses, as is to be expected. A couple of them felt rushed and underdeveloped, and a couple felt contrived. But I appreciate that the collection features div
Kelsie Christensen
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was super cute! Started out ehh and ended amazing. Here’s the breakdown of each story:

• Love, Delivered: This is by the author of House of Salt & Sorrows, which I own but haven’t read. The story was decent but super short and not much to it. 3 ⭐️

• The Socially Distant Dog-Walking Brigade: This had good anxiety rep and was decent. 4 ⭐️

• One Day: This was pretty cute. 4.5 ⭐️

• The Rules of Comedy: LGBTQ+ rep, and good story. 5 ⭐️

• The New Boy Next Door: I’ve read some of Natasha Preston’s book
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New York Times bestselling author Erin A. Craig has always loved telling stories.

After getting her B.F.A. from the University of Michigan, in Theatre Design and Production, she stage managed tragic operas with hunchbacks, séances, and murderous clowns, then decided she wanted to write books that were just as spooky.

An avid reader, decent embroiderer, rabid basketball fan, and collector of typewrit

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