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Three Sides of a Heart: Stories About Love Triangles
Contributor(s): Parker, Natalie C. (Editor)
ISBN: 0062424475     ISBN-13: 9780062424471
Publisher: Harperteen
    OUR PRICE: $16.19  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: December 2017
Annotation: Collects sixteen short stories that focus on love triangles, including tales about vampires at a boarding school, zombies in the Civil War south, and the last three people on Earth.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Romance fiction, American.
Short stories, American.
Love; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2016054192
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 6.00" W x 1.25" (1.10 lbs) 434 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Spring)
In this short-story anthology that explores love triangles, genres run the gamut from sci-fi and dystopia to realistic fiction and zombiefied alternative history. Sixteen stories written by different authors, including Veronica Roth, Garth Nix, and Sabaa Tahir, promote diversity and inclusivity while representing all types of love. Some stories are stronger than others, but this overall satisfying collection will engage even the romantically averse. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 October #2)

More than a dozen YA writers take swings at the classic love triangle in this 16-story anthology edited by Parker (Beware the Wild), which features an array of genres and settings. Katie Cotugno kicks off the collection with a poignant story about a newly out lesbian pining for her brother's longtime best friend. In Rae Carson's tense "Omega Ship," the last three teens in the universe—only one of whom is a girl—consider how to continue the human race. Julie Murphy's funny-sexy "Lessons for Beginners" is a highlight: her heroine's moneymaking enterprise as a kissing instructor (aka the "Kisser Fixer") gets personal when she falls for one half of a couple she is coaching. Renée Ahdieh turns in a seductive escapist tryst in Buenos Aires, and Justina Ireland offers a fierce tentative romance set in the zombie-riddled post–Civil War era of her forthcoming Dread Nation. Offerings from Brandy Colbert, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Garth Nix, Veronica Roth, Sabaa Tahir, and others bring additional romantic entanglements to a volume that has something for readers of all genders and orientations. Ages 14–up. Agent: Sarah Davies, Greenhouse Literary (Dec.)

Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 October)

Gr 9 Up—In Justina Ireland's alternative history story "Dread South," conversations about sexuality, racism, and the legacies of chattel slavery in the United States are deftly woven into a tale of zombies. In Rae Carson's contribution to this engaging short story collection, Earth has been destroyed by an asteroid. The futuristic tale leaves three teens alone on a foreign planet, where the sole female survivor makes a startling decision regarding the continuation of the human race. Vampires, residents of Mars, and high school students with supernatural powers all make appearances. More realistic contemporary entries include a college freshman deciding between two lovers; troubled young adults living in the midst of drugs and partying in Las Vegas; and two Oklahoma friends offering clandestine kissing classes. The authors use unique strategies for weaving together sexuality and relationships in their love triangle—themed prose. Some follow the classic romance format while others conjure up ancient wisdom of goddesses or infuse their characters with powers beyond their human capabilities. The depiction of various identities and romantic choices make this collection an inclusive, relevant one that is likely to foster acceptance among high school readers. VERDICT A recommended selection for libraries serving teens interested in short stories.—Karin Greenberg, Queens College, NY

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.