Girl Meets Boy: Because There Are Two Sides to Every Story edited by Kelly Milner Halls
Summary: 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. Stories of love and heartbreak, like the good-looking jock who falls for a dangeroud girl and the flipside of the toxic girl who never learns to be loved; a basketball star and the artistic (and shorter) boy she never knew she wanted; and a gay boy looking for love online and the girl who could help make it happen, teach us that relationships become complicated because there are two sides to every story. (taken from book jacket)
Contributing Authors: Chris Crutcher, Kelly Milner Halls, Joseph Bruchac, Cynthia Leitich Smith, James Howe, Ellen Wittlinger, Rita Williams-Garcia, Terry Trueman, Terry Davis, Rebecca Fjelland Davis, Sara Ryan, and Randy Powell
My Critique: I'm not going to put a first line in the book section because that would be rather futile. This book is a compilation of six short-stories, written by twelve authors...each story told from the guy's perspective and from the girl's. Sounds like a really interesting concept and riviting read right? That's what I thought too...but unfortunately this book failed to deliver. It fell short. All of the stories were a bit thin. I felt like there was no character development...that the story was only there to bring up a hot topic...like a hit list of sexual/relationship issues. They covered all the bases--homosexuality, trans-gender, lost girl looking for love and so does so by using her body to get her way, interracial, inter-religional, etc. It just seemed like the stories were there for the sole purpose of trying to bring these topics to light...and not because the authors truly had something to say about them but simply because they are "hot button" issues so why not? There was no depth of characters...I felt like the authors didn't really care about the characters and they were only there to serve as a catalyst for this controversial issue they wanted to bring up. Yes, I know it is comprised of short stories but evenstill, plenty of short stories fully develop a character (The Lottery, The Most Dangerous Game, The Storm, etc.). I didn't really enjoy this book and I don't think I'd recommend it. I had such high hopes for this book because the concept is really fresh and different but it was a gigantic let down.
DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in the afore mentioned book, Girl Meets Boy, are the sole views and opinions of the authors/editor and have nothing to do with me or my own views/opinions/beliefs...so get off my back. I am in no way affiliated with with afore mentioned author...except that one time in Vegas------------uh, nevermind...