What do guys and girls really think? Twelve of the most dynamic and engaging 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. Each story in this unforgettable collection teaches us that relationships are complicated because there are two sides to every story.
Girl Meets Boy
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.
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2. Kind of like a he said/she said collection of stories
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.