How They Met and Other Stories by David Levithan [Review]

David Levithan is one of my favourite authors I’ve discovered since I started book-blogging so when I was browsing for an ebook to buy over the recent Christmas break, and spotted this one, I quickly snapped it up. :)

How They Met and Other Stories is a collection of 18 short stories all on the theme of love (and love in all it’s forms) requited and unrequited, lost and found, new and old, and everywhere in-between.

As short story collections go, this is a pretty strong one. I usually have one of two stories I really don’t enjoy, but that is not the case in How They Met. Sure I like some more than others, but for the most part I really liked them all.

Two stand-outs were probably, Starbucks’ Boy: While spending time at his Aunt’s a teenage boy spends sometime babysitting to earn his keep. While looking after the little girl, they go out and visit a local Starbucks and there he comes across the titular Starbucks’ Boy. Over the next few days, the little girl keeps dragging him back, little knowing that this little matchmaker has an ulterior motive! A very sweet and amusing tale, starting off the collection with a smile.

My second favourite was: The Number of People Who Meet on Airplanes: Which features another possible matchmaker. It’s a complete coincidence that two people who are so right for each other randomly sit next to each other on a flight home from Thanksgiving, right?…

If you enjoy short stories and/or David Levithan then this collection is well worth your time.

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11 thoughts on “How They Met and Other Stories by David Levithan [Review]

  • January 13 at 12:16 am
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    I must read more from this author in 2011. I really enjoyed him in 2009, but I don’t think I read anything by him last year! Bad me!

    P.S. I emailed you… Did it send correctly? I am having some issues with my email and now I am paranoid!

    • January 13 at 12:26 am
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      yep got your email. :) I’ve just been a little useless in replying… 😳

  • January 13 at 12:30 am
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    I do like the Levithan books I’ve read, and this one sounds kind of sweet.

  • January 13 at 12:52 am
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    Love this author. I’m going to have to put this on my to-buy list. Thanks!

  • January 13 at 6:22 am
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    I haven’t ever read anything by this author, but those matchmaker stories sound like fun.

  • January 13 at 9:42 am
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    I’m the biggest fan of short stories, but I am a pretty huge David Levithan fan, so I shall definitely look out for this book :)

  • January 13 at 11:27 pm
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    David Levithan’s writing is so beautiful. I’ve not read this book yet, but The Realm of Possibility, Love is the Higher Law, and Will Grayson, Will Grayson are all favorites of mine. Nice review!

  • January 15 at 4:31 am
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    Ooooh, this sounds so good! I love when you find those collections that are just full of good stories. And I so love Levithan!

    • January 17 at 9:51 pm
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      It really is, I have a mixed experience with short stories, but I really liked nearly all of these!

  • January 16 at 9:42 am
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    Sounds like an interesting read…..certainly brings to mind the author’s latest release, The Lover’s Dictionary. Thanks for the share…and happy reading!

    • January 17 at 9:50 pm
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      I must pick up The Lover’s Dictionary, from what I’ve seen it looks really good!

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