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Three Sides of a Heart: Stories About Love Triangles

av Natalie C. Parker (Redaktör)

Andra författare: Renee Ahdieh (Bidragsgivare), Rae Carson (Bidragsgivare), Brandy Colbert (Bidragsgivare), Katie Cotugno (Bidragsgivare), Lamar Giles (Bidragsgivare)11 till, Tessa Gratton (Bidragsgivare), Bethany Hagan (Bidragsgivare), Justina Ireland (Bidragsgivare), Alaya Dawn Johnson (Bidragsgivare), EK Johnston (Bidragsgivare), Julie Murphy (Bidragsgivare), Garth Nix (Bidragsgivare), Natalie C. Parker (Bidragsgivare), Veronica Roth (Bidragsgivare), Sabaa Tahir (Bidragsgivare), Brenna Yovanoff (Bidragsgivare)

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Romance. Short Stories. Young Adult Fiction. HTML:

You may think you know the love triangle, but you've never seen love triangles like these.

A teen girl who offers kissing lessons. Zombies in the Civil War South. The girl next door, the boy who loves her, and the girl who loves them both. Vampires at a boarding school. Three teens fighting monsters in an abandoned video rental store. Literally the last three people on the planet.

What do all these stories have in common?

The love triangle.

These top YA authors tackle the much-debated trope of the love triangle, and the result is sixteen fresh, diverse, and romantic stories you don't want to miss.

This collection, edited by Natalie C. Parker, contains stories written by Renee Ahdieh, Rae Carson, Brandy Colbert, Katie Cotugno, Lamar Giles, Tessa Gratton, Bethany Hagan, Justina Ireland, Alaya Dawn Johnson, EK Johnston, Julie Murphy, Garth Nix, Natalie C. Parker, Veronica Roth, Sabaa Tahir, and Brenna Yovanoff.

"Upends expectations and poses 'questions about self-determination and what it means to embrace the power of choice.'" USA Today

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I will admit this was just not my favorite collection. I read all the stories of authors that i knew but did not read the final four stories. I thought some of them were fun but it was so hard to become emotionally invested in these short stories. I love a good slow burn romance and all of these I had to be invested from page one and these stories did not give me time to fall in love with these characters or choose a side. I will def. be reading more full length novels by this authors soon. ( )
  lmauro123 | Dec 28, 2023 |
I will admit this was just not my favorite collection. I read all the stories of authors that i knew but did not read the final four stories. I thought some of them were fun but it was so hard to become emotionally invested in these short stories. I love a good slow burn romance and all of these I had to be invested from page one and these stories did not give me time to fall in love with these characters or choose a side. I will def. be reading more full length novels by this authors soon. ( )
  lmauro123 | Dec 28, 2023 |
Three stars. These were all so creative and so different from one another! Not what I'd expected, from the way it was described to me. This is a short story anthology about love triangles among teens from all different walks of life, sexual orientations, and moments in history. A wonderful book to pass the time reading on a dreary day. ( )
  iszevthere | Jun 20, 2022 |
This anthology gets lots of points for its diversity- in settings, writing style, race and sexuality. But there are hardly a few stories here which would actually qualify as love triangles.
It starts on a good note with a couple of nice stories but falters a lot in the middle. But the last 2 by Tessa Gratton and Bethany Hagen just blew my mind and I was left crying. No better way to end the book.

Individual reviews are below:

-- Riddles in Mathematics by Katie Cotugno

This was a sweet start to the book. Rowena is trying to juggle a lot of things - dealing with her mom's (assumed) disappointment over her sexuality, hiding her longtime crush on her brother's best friend and just proving to everyone that she is still the same person despite coming out - all this was well depicted in so few pages. It also ends on a very hopeful note.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

-- Dread South by Justina Ireland

This story is told through the POV of a racist southern white woman in the 1800s who is suddenly confronted by situations that make her question her prejudices and see her black Attendant Juliet in a new light. I loved that Juliet was super confident in her ability to kill the undead, very cool and wise in difficult circumstances but also showed a quiet indifference towards the racist attitudes flung at her. The ending is very optimistic and I kinda wanted to know what happens next.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

-- Omega Ship by Rae Carson

A spaceship containing the last surviving humans goes crashing and the three people alive land on a new planet. Eva is the only girl and is aware of the massive implications of it. The way the two guys immediately started to make decisions affecting her without even letting her speak just hit too close to the real world for me, where men are often quick to decide things on behalf of women in the name of "duty". I really don't begrudge Eva the choice that she makes. But the story didn't really work for me because I didn't like any of the characters.

Rating: ⭐⭐

-- La Revancha del Tango by Renee Ahdieh

Maya is on a trip to Argentina after finishing high school where she meets a young British guy and they go salsa dancing. There is also the guy who she sees dancing a mesmerizing tango in the club. Frankly, I didn't understand the point of the story and it's so overdone with bookish references that I cringed a lot. I might be a total bookworm but I wouldn't compare every bearded guy with Gandalf or a creepy hallway to Grimmauld Place.

Rating: ⭐

-- Cass, An and Dra by Natalie C. Parker

Cass is descended from a family where they can see the possible futures. An is the future she has chosen for herself but she is startled when she is presented a future without her but with a new mysterious person Dra. I didn't really understand Cass's fascination with Dra because they are not someone she has met but just a possibility and it kind of made me question her feelings for An. But, the writing was very interesting and I think the genderfluid rep of Dra was done well. I especially loved that their names together form "Cassandra".

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

-- Lessons for Beginners by Julie Murphy

Ruby is a fat high school girl who is invisible at school but is secretly giving kissing lessons to anyone who wants to improve. So, she is shocked when one of her clients turn out to be a couple, one of whom is her once close childhood friend. She is in for more surprise when she finds herself attracted to Annie. I loved that Ruby is so comfortable with her body and doesn't really bother with labels for her sexuality. The writing is also very easy to read and the story was quite sweet until the end, where it took an unexpected turn.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

-- Triangle Solo by Garth Nix

Connor and Anwar are chilhood friends who go to school together, are percussionists and love competing with each other. When their once best friend Kallie returns from Earth, they both want to ask her out. There was nothing remarkable about this one.

Rating: ⭐

-- Vim and Vigor by Veronica Roth

Edie is still feeling lost years after Amy's death. She has also lost touch with her friend Kate since then and has been in therapy. And currently very panicked about choosing between the two guys who asked her out for prom. When she asks Kate to give her access to Kate's dad's very important piece of scientific equipment to make her prom choice, without telling Kate the reason, knowing full well that Kate might be punished for it, I kinda lost it.

Rating: ⭐

-- Work in Progress by E. K. Johnston

This story had nothing working for me. The writing style was unique but hard to get into because it had multiple sections - each one being a story of it's own. And each section had three POVs - all narrated in second person - so I had to figure out on my own whose POV I was reading. It just got too difficult for me to comprehend the actual story.

Rating: ⭐

-- Hurdles by Brandy Colbert

This was probably the most conventional love triangle of the lot. Mavis is a high school track player on the path for her Olympics trials. She has a boyfriend who is a good, dependable guy but she is also in love with Bobby, her best friend's brother, who is just out of rehab. Who should she choose? I wasn't even convinced about Bobby's feelings and I wasn't happy that she wasn't even considering her supportive parents while making her choice. Not the story for me.

Rating: ⭐⭐

-- The Historian, the Garrison, and the Cantankerous Cat Woman by Lamar Giles

This story was very fascinating. It's like if Alfred was younger and in love with Batman who was in turn in love with Catwoman. Tatiana has always thought that she would be the one for Jermaine until Niya came into their lives. And she will do anything to get him back. I did not see the end coming.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

-- Waiting by Sabaa Tahir

Ani is hopelessly in love with her best friend Sam - who is currently in prison - but also has to deal with some growing feelings for Felix, the sweet basketball player who will be with her at college. Though I understood Ani's feelings and conflict, I coouldn't get over how indifferent Sam seemed. But the ending did give a hopeful feeling.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

-- Vega by Brenna Yovanoff

This story is about Elle, who has to choose between her childhood best friend and the city she loves. Both the characters had this rage that manifested out of their loneliness which they expressed through partying, booze and drugs. But when Alex has had enough, Elle has to decide if she wants to chase the light with him or drown herself in darkness. I liked the writing style but have mixed feelings about the story itself.

Rating: ⭐⭐

-- A Hundred Thousand Threads by Alaya Dawn Johnson

This story had a unique writing style, told in the form of letters, poems, interviews - most of them in second person. I saw the "twist" quite early in the story, which is quite rare for me and the plot went predictably from there. It was still an enjoyable read though and dealt with some moral dilemmas, which was interesting.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

-- Before She Was Bloody by Tessa Gratton

I absolutely fell in love with the setting and the characters here. The princess has to dedicate herself to a god - preventing her from being with the woman she loves - but then they fall in love with a guy. When tragedy forces her to become the brutal, strong willed and determined leader that she was never meant to be, she finds strength in their beautiful polyamorous relationship. This was a delight to read and I would love to see this story expanded into a full length novel.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

-- Unus, Duo, Tres by Bethany Hagen

Two vampires deeply in love with each other start falling for a new girl at school, who is struggling with a secret of her own. OMGGGG!!!! This was beautiful and heartbreaking and I was sobbing uncontrollably by the end of it. What a perfect finale to this anthology.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 2021 |
Wasn't sure what to expect, but the stories were compelling, moving, funny, and wonderfully inventive! ( )
  piquareste | Jun 3, 2020 |
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Parker, Natalie C.Redaktörprimär författarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Ahdieh, ReneeBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Carson, RaeBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Colbert, BrandyBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Cotugno, KatieBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Giles, LamarBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Gratton, TessaBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Hagan, BethanyBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Ireland, JustinaBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Johnson, Alaya DawnBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Johnston, EKBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Murphy, JulieBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Nix, GarthBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Parker, Natalie C.Bidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Roth, VeronicaBidragsgivaremedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
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Romance. Short Stories. Young Adult Fiction. HTML:

You may think you know the love triangle, but you've never seen love triangles like these.

A teen girl who offers kissing lessons. Zombies in the Civil War South. The girl next door, the boy who loves her, and the girl who loves them both. Vampires at a boarding school. Three teens fighting monsters in an abandoned video rental store. Literally the last three people on the planet.

What do all these stories have in common?

The love triangle.

These top YA authors tackle the much-debated trope of the love triangle, and the result is sixteen fresh, diverse, and romantic stories you don't want to miss.

This collection, edited by Natalie C. Parker, contains stories written by Renee Ahdieh, Rae Carson, Brandy Colbert, Katie Cotugno, Lamar Giles, Tessa Gratton, Bethany Hagan, Justina Ireland, Alaya Dawn Johnson, EK Johnston, Julie Murphy, Garth Nix, Natalie C. Parker, Veronica Roth, Sabaa Tahir, and Brenna Yovanoff.

"Upends expectations and poses 'questions about self-determination and what it means to embrace the power of choice.'" USA Today

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