Girl Meets Boy: Because There Are Two Sides To Every Story edited by Kelly Milner Halls is a YA anthology centered around the theme of relationships. The authors featured in the anthology paired up and each took on one side of a relationship. There are six different relationships in the anthology.
The biggest strength of Girl Meets Boy is the diversity of the relationships. The first pair of short stories written by Chris Crutcher and Kelly Milner Halls details a toxic relationship between a pretty boy and a dangerous girl. This was my least favorite set. Luckily Joseph Bruchac and Cynthia Leititch Smith team up to trite about two kids on a Native American Reservation who find unlikely love in each other. James How and Ellen Wittlinger write about teens meeting off line for the first time. Rita Williams Garcia and Terry Truman take on an interracial couple. Terry Davis and Rebecca Fjelland Davis write about love in small town America. Finally, rounding out the anthology, Sara Ryan and Randy Powell write about a transgender teen seeing an old friend again. So as you can see, lots of different types of relationship scenarios play out.
Unfortunately, as with any anthology, not all of the short stories included were mind-blowing. For example, the first set of stories by Chris Crutcher and Kelly Milner Halls feature such unlikable characters. Maybe people will resonate with those damaged characters, but I couldn’t wait to get to the next story with a healthy relationship. Probably the best set of stories was the pair by Terry Davis and Rebecca Fjelland Davis which managed to pack multiple issues, strong voicing, and romance in a short span of pages without being TOO MUCH.
If anything, Girl Meets Boy edited by Kelly Milner Halls is a strong sampler of some of the more notable and acclaimed voices in YA literature today, so it’s a good starting point for checking those authors out. Also, Girl Meets Boy certainly has a wide variety of stories. None of the pairs felt the same to me and it just goes to show that there are all kinds of relationships that teens get into.
Disclosure: Received for review via Amazon Vine.