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Young Adult Fiction 1265
Great Collection of YA stories
(Updated: March 05, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
I really love anthologies. They are just perfect for when you don't have time to read a big novel. What makes GIRL MEETS BOY so special is it's a collection of short tales that have a he said/she said feel to the same story.

One of my favorites has to be MOUTHS OF THE GANGES by Terry Davis that tells the story of a Muslim teen who is trying to survive in a Iowa town right after 9-11. I thought the author nailed the whole feeling of forbidden love between the cultures here. Plus the sentiment against Muslims after 9-11 is very true too.

MARS AT NIGHT by Rebecca Fjelland Davis tells the story from the point of view of the girl who ends up falling in love with him. What I especially liked about this tale was it shows how the teen also struggles against her own families prejudices against someone of another culture. But what happens during the night and how she decides to 'speak' out, show her strength in face of odds.

WANT TO MEET by James Howe shows us Max, a gay teen, who struggles to find the courage to meet his online friend. In MEETING FOR REAL by Ellen Wittlinger we met Alex, the friend Max thinks is his gay friend. Alex starts with good intentions in her attempt to help her gay brother find some happiness. This story is bittersweet but also shows hope.

All the stories are gripping and show the misunderstandings that can be had on either side. Each story shows courage of the characters as they look for the truth.

There's also tales by Chris Crutcher, who I feel is the best with his accurate portrayals of boys in YA. His short tale doesn't disappoint. Kelly Milner Halls, who edited this collection, shows us the so-called toxic girl's point of view in a haunting, real way. I love how Halls peels back the cliche hard-core bad girl exterior and shows us a character with wishes and vulnerabilities.

A great book that shows the psychology behind how each gender thinks and how they really aren't that much different after all. A must add to any YA collection.
Good Points
1. Great collection of YA short stories that alternate from a boy and then girl's
point of view
2. Kind of like a he said/she said collection of stories
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