Review: How They Met and Other Stories

Here are 18 stories, all about love, and about all kinds of love. From the aching for the one you pine for, to standing up and speaking up for the one you love, to pure joy and happiness, these love stories run the gamut of that emotion that at some point has turned every one of us inside out and upside down.–From Goodreads

As an openly gay author, David Levithan writes quite a bit of LGBT YA lit. What I appreciate about Levithan, though, is that the sexuality of his characters is not what’s important. Each of the stories in this collection could have the pronouns eliminated, and these would still be powerful vignettes about the meaning of love. In Levithan’s fictional worlds, what matters about people is not who they love, but how they love. Most people in the real world could learn a lot from this collection. These stories are addictive, and once you get started, you won’t be able to stop.

Quotable Quotes from How They Met

“It doesn’t have to be on Valentine’s Day. It doesn’t have to be by the time you turn eighteen or thirty-three or fifty-nine. It doesn’t have to conform to whatever is usual. It doesn’t have to be kismet at once, or rhapsody by the third date. It just has to be. In time. In place. In spirit. It just has to be.”

“We’d said we’d keep in touch. But touch is not something you can keep; as soon as it’s gone, it’s gone. We should have said we’d keep in words, because they are all we can string between us–words on a telephone line, words appearing on a screen.”

“Love and I once had a great relationship, but I fear we’ve broken up. It cheated on me, wrecked my heart, and then went on to date other people. A lot of other people. And I can’t stand to watch it, since love’s going to cheat on them too.”

“I think one of the highest compliments you can give a person is that when you are talking to him, you are not thinking about the fact that you are talking to him. That is, your thoughts and words all exist on a single, engaged level. You are being yourself because you aren’t bothering to think about who you should be.”

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