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.