By various authors
I’ve been having a bit of a reading crisis lately. I’ve started three different books and can’t seem to get past around the midway point. It’s not the books’ fault – I mean they aren’t stellar or anything, but there wasn’t any clear reason for my lack of interest. My best explanation is just that the news has been so inundating and depressing lately, and I can’t seem to stay off twitter, and I’m just all worn out.
So, I figured I’d recharge with a fluffy collection of short stories! Just a bunch of cute first romantic meetings sounds comforting, right? Well, I didn’t exactly get what I was looking for. They for-sure cover the meet part, but most of the authors seem to have forgotten the cute part. About half (okay, only a quarter of them, but it felt like half) the stories feature someone in mourning for a dead loved one, like only through grief are they vulnerable enough to accept love, and it is a real bummer.
On the plus side, they mixed it up with good diversity, in ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation, so that’s something at least. Here’s some cold, hard data:
- Short stories included in anthology: 14
- Stories involving grief over the death of a loved one: 4
- Stories featuring high-school bullying: 3
- Stories with a main character older than 25: 0
- Stories that my cranky old self actually thought were cute: 3.5*
(none of the death or bullying ones)
*3 stories were straight-up super cute, and one had a very interesting premise, but the characters themselves weren’t super engaging.