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How They Met, and Other Stories

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  10,856 ratings  ·  929 reviews
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, 244 pages
Published January 8th 2008 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Mar 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-mg, short-stories
"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
Sep 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I’m exactly not sure why I thought I would like this book. It's a short story collection centred around love and I don’t like romance. I can handle it as a subplot if it’s done well but this is quite clearly a book all about romance. A book containing 15+ stories involving romance. I don’t know what I was thinking.

Surprisingly, I didn’t hate it. I didn’t love it or anything but it was bearable. It started off really interesting. By the fifth story though I was kind of sick of reading about love
Apr 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YA fans with short attention spans
Shelves: wishlist, ya-books
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."
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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When you think about a book about romance, you think sweet, fluffy, fuzzy and emotional. But How They Met and Other Stories covered a whole spectrum of scenarios featuring love, not romance, from the closet gay, the unrequited love, the gay guy who is dating a female just for the sake of it, people who are just meant to be or couples who are just dating for the now. Most of these are teenagers, with the prom being a common s
Jul 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Feb 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
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. ...more
Binibining `E (of The Ugly Writers)
This book was a collection of short stories. Stories about relationships, heartbreak, disappointments and of course happy endings. Most of them were stories of same sex relationships. Some are straight stories but most of them were about you know lgbt's. Suprisingly i enjoyed these stories. I particularly love the story The number of people who meet on airplanes, i love this story. Also some stories about prom's are good.

This was a good read to start the new year. Cheers!
1. Starbucks Boy - 4/5 stars!

2. Miss Lucy Had A Steamboat - 3.75/5 stars!

3. The Alumni Interview - 4/5 stars!

4. The Good Witch - 3/5 stars!

5. The Escalator, a Love Story - 2/5 stars!

6. The Number of People Who Meet on Airplanes - 4/5 stars!

7. Andrew Chang - 2.5/5 stars!

8. Flirting With Waiters - 2.75/5 stars!

9. Lost Sometimes - 2.75/5 stars!

10. Princes - 4/5 stars!

11. Breaking and Entering - 3.25/5 stars!

12. Skipping The Prom -2.75/5 stars!

13. A Romantic Inclination - 3.5/5 stars!

14. What A Song
Rissa Flores
Jun 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: with-review
"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
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
Oct 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anthologies
Overall rating: 3.5/5

This is an interesting and rather mixed anthology. I've liked David Levithan's stories in the past - particularly The Quiz Bowl Antichrist, from Geektastic, which sadly doesn't appear here - and I was curious to see more of them. But this was more of a mixed bag than I thought it would be. There were some gems, don't get me wrong, but none of them were as good as The Quiz Bowl Antichrist - a lot of them felt under-edited, or like they had pointless plots. There seems to be a
Dakota Vradenburg
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: college
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
Mar 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
It bothers me that this book has actually good ratings on Goodreads. I'm losing hope in humanity (kidding). The writing was sloppy and shallow. Good thing the author indicated that he wrote the stories during high school. If not, I would lose my respect for Levithan as a writer. I loved Every Day which is why I was sort of expecting I would like this book as well. I didn't. The stories were awkward to read. Though I get what Levithan was trying to say, he was not able to convey it properly. Most ...more
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.
just kat
Apr 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: tt2014
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!
Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some of these were great, some didn't interest me at all. My rating is more like 3.5 but I'm feeling generous and rounding it up to 4. Imo, there wasn't enough lesbians. If I remember correctly there was one lesbian story and it ended badly for the couple, whereas there were plenty of gay and hetero couples and idk there could have been more lesbians is all I'm saying. ...more
Jul 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
A cute selection of short love stories of all types. Some were a little odd or dull, but generally they were really endearing and enjoyable. Plus, great to see gay relationships explored as well as straight ones.
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
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
God, I loved this book. I laughed, I cried. So many sweet, beautiful, heart-breaking stories about love and relationships.

Recently I picked up How They Met which is a short story collection about love. There are 18 stories and the thing that I love most about this collection is how varied the stories are. They're all about love, yes, but so many different types of love. There are gentle, sweet stories. There is all-consuming and passionate stories. Some are sad, some are just beautiful.

I have
Feb 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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.
Obelina Wang
Every two people cause an intersection. Every person alters the world.
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The stories about love were beautiful and heartbreakingly real.
Jun 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
No. I understand this was his earlier work, much of which he said he did not re-edit for publishing purposes. But man, he probably should have.
Nikhat Hetavkar
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-book, ya
I have an exam tomorrow early morning. But I don't regret gulping this up one bit.

Full review to follow!
4.5 stars.

I love everything about this collection. Everything.
Kristy 施玮
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Laura Panopoulos
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have always admired how David Levithan can weave words together in such a beautiful and poetic way. The first book I ever read by him was the realm of possibility and I will never forget how much it touched me, so it is difficult for any of his other books to live up to how much I loved that book of poems.

"How they met and other Stories" made me feel that magical "butterflies in the stomach" type of love of first crushes, first kisses and first dates.

I loved how in each story the relationshi
Linna H
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, eread
I was drawn to read some more of David Leviathan's contemporary writing because I thought maybe "Will Grayson, Will Grayson" cramped his style with John Green's writing mixed in there and well... Eh. The short stories in this compilation vary a lot in quality. Only one story really had me like 'woah i'm feeling things' and the rest ranged from nice little munchables to just "...what?!" but perhaps I'm just not all that into plain romance literature. The collection started out kind of strong then ...more
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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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