How They Met, and Other Stories | Review

6830088How They Met, and Other Stories
by David Levithan

Genre: Young Adult, Short Stories, GLBTQ, Contemporary

Just in time for Valentine’s Day comes a confection from David Levithan that is sure to have fans of Boy Meets Boy eager to devour it. Here are 18 stories, all about love, 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 point has turned every one of us inside out and upside down.

What is love? With this original story collection, David Levithan proves that love is a many splendored thing, a varied, complicated, addictive, wonderful thing.

My thoughts:

“Music, like love,
cannot be defined, except
in the broadest of senses”

How They Met, And Other Stories is all about different love stories. It varies from stories about two boys who meet at a coffee shop, a girl and a boy who meet on a plane, a girl who fell in love with another at sight, and many more. It’s the perfect novel filled with short stories about hope, heartbreak, identity and love.

A short and easy read. What I loved about this book was the many different stories it explored in less than 250 pages. It highlights the point that love is love and that’s what so special about Levithan’s writing. He emphasises that point.

My favourite stories were definitely ‘Starbucks Boy’ and ‘What a Song Can Do’ and ‘How They Met’. I rate those stories 5/5 stars. It seemed like each story was the first chapter of different books and stories, I felt like I wanted to keep reading and find out what is going to happen with these characters. I wanted to know more about all of them.

“To love – to fall – is not a question.
To touch – to kiss – to speak – those are questions”

Even though every story seems like the first chapter of a novel, it’s not all about first dates and first loves. Some are about break-ups, prom nights and goodbyes. I enjoy Levithan’s books because they always have a dash of reality in them. It makes me believe that these are real stories. Some characters are so relatable and the friendship and family dynamics are well written.

All of his stories are about courage, hope and grief, as much as it is love. It opens the readers eyes to make them realise that not everything is sunshine and rainbows, but even though that is the case, that doesn’t mean that everything’ll break down.

There are a lot of quotes in this novel that I loved and noted down. The one that stood out to me was:

“But the moral of the story is that it worked. They knew, and they were right”


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