Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Twelve writers answer Halls's question: 'What if a group of authors took on the challenge of perception boys versus girls?' Together, they create a thoughtful collection of paired short stories (and one joint offering) that give two distinct perspectives on the same events. While romantically themed, the stories do not all end in love connections. In James Howe and Ellen Wittlinger's stories, a gay teen learns the person he has been chatting with online is actually a girl; meanwhile, in Sarah Ryan and Randy Powell's joint story, 'Launchpad to Neptune,' a teen reunites with his first crush, only to find Stephanie has transitioned to Stephen. The most compelling twin stories may be from Terry Davis and Rebecca Fjelland Davis, which center on a Muslim immigrant and an Iowa farm girl in love; Rafi's story explores prejudice and being caught between cultures, while Kerry begins a protest when she learns about a hog factory that will destroy their community. This story best exemplifies a theme that runs throughout: it's impossible to know everything someone is thinking and feeling even when you are in a relationship together. This important idea is executed with finesse throughout. Ages 14 up. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Each of the authors excels at creating vibrant, sympathetic, honest characters with voices that will appeal to older teens, male and female alike.... A superb offering."
-Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"[A] proliferation of romance and hormonally charged electricity" - VOYA
"A strong choice for older teen readers" - VOYA
"This is a masterful collection." --Teri Lesesne, LS 5385 Blog
"The stories are thus surprising and varied, avoiding any sort of formulaic treatment of relationship dynamics and giving full weight to the complexities of what can happen when a girl meets a boy" - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Passionate" - Booklist
"Not every set of stories works out perfectly: some are happy and others messy, giving the collection as a whole authenticity" - School Library Journal
About the Author
Kelly Milner Halls is the author of Albino Animals and Tales of the Cryptids, both YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications including Booklist, BookPage, Teen Reads, the Denver Post, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Washington Post, and many others. She lives in Spokane, Washington.