Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publish Date: December 28, 2011
What do guys and girls really think? Twelve of the most dynamic and eganging YA authors writing today team up for this one-of-a-kind collection of "he said/she said" stories -- he tells it from the guy's point of view, she tells it from the girl's. These are stories of love and heartbreak. There's the good-looking jock who falls for a dangerous girl, and the flipside, the toxic girl who never learned to be loved. The basketball star and the artistic (and shorter) boy she never knew she wanted; the gay boy looking for love online and the girl who could help make it happen.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect going into Girl Meets Boy. I found the concept really intriguing, but was very surprised when I discovered how small it was. I’m very skeptical about short stories, I’ll admit it, but overall I’d say I enjoyed Girl Meets Boy and it’s actually encouraged me to give short stories and anthologies more of a chance.
I won’t do this story by story or anything since that would take forever, but I will say that some stories were very surfacey while others were so deep I was kind of astounded. If I had to play favorites, I’d probably say the first set and the last story. I really enjoyed them both and was surprised by each in very different ways.
Some stories (especially the first set along with the chat-room set) were very intricate and I was amazed by how much detail was captured in such few pages. Other stories had me flipping forward to figure out when they ended, though.
I was also kind of astounded by the amount of sex contained in this small book. I do understand, I mean, half the stories are written in the mind of teenage boys, but goodness gracious did it still surprise me.
The Nutshell: Overall, I’d say it’s definitely worth your time to pick up Girl Meets Boy. Even if you just read a few stories here and there it provides a very interesting look into both sides of a relationship. And the relationships range from lovers to strangers to friends who’ve grown apart.
Rating: Near Miss