Three Sides of A Heart: Stories About Love Triangles

Three Sides of A Heart: Stories About Love Triangles

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Three Sides of A Heart: Stories About Love Triangles

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

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(Updated: October 22, 2017)
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Three Sides of a Heart

I love short story anthologies. So when I heard that there was a collection of YA shorts by some of my favorite authors, I couldn't wait to get a copy!

What works: There's so much to love about this collection. Each story has it's own take on the popular teen love triangle. Not all are the typical story either.

Here's some of my favorites:

DREAD SOUTH by Justina Ireland gives readers a taste of her upcoming novel with a twist on the Civil War theme, only in this case there's zombies! Let's just say I can't wait for her book DREAD NATION!

OMEGA SHIP by Rae Carson shows what happens when two guys and a girl survive a space ship crash with the last of humanity. Really loved the twist at the end.

WAITING by Sabaa Tahir has a girl questioning which boy is best for her. The boy who would be the best bet or the one who stole her heart and made a huge mistake.

VEGA by Brenna Yovanoff is a haunting tale of how the city Los Vegas might take over a person and divide two people apart. Though in this case, the girl might not know it until it's too late.

LESSONS FOR BEGINNERS by Julie Murphy is about a 'skilled' kisser who sells her services and the one client that awakens her to new possibilities.

CASS, AN, AND DRA by Natalie C. Parker is about the choices that are on one's path and the courage to seize the one that calls out to you.

There's more stories too. Some are humorous. Others haunting. All great short stories that tackle the theme of teen love triangles. A must read for fans of short story anthologies and for those who love great storytelling.

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1. Great collection of short stories that deal with the subject of love triangles
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