You may think you know the love triangle, but you've never seen love triangles like these.
These top YA authors tackle the much-debated trope of the love triangle, and the result is sixteen fresh, diverse, and romantic stories you don’t want to miss.
This collection, edited by Natalie C. Parker, contains stories written by Renee Ahdieh, Rae Carson, Brandy Colbert, Katie Cotugno, Lamar Giles, Tessa Gratton, Bethany Hagan, Justina Ireland, Alaya Dawn Johnson, EK Johnston, Julie Murphy, Garth Nix, Natalie C. Parker, Veronica Roth, Sabaa Tahir, and Brenna Yovanoff.
A teen girl who offers kissing lessons. Zombies in the Civil War South. The girl next door, the boy who loves her, and the girl who loves them both. Vampires at a boarding school. Three teens fighting monsters in an abandoned video rental store. Literally the last three people on the planet.
What do all these stories have in common?
The love triangle.
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.80(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Natalie C. Parker is the author of Beware the Wild and Behold the Bones and the editor of Three Sides of a Heart: Stories About Love Triangles. She is also the founder of Madcap Retreats and works at her local university coordinating programs on climate science and indigenous communities. She lives on the Kansas prairie with her partner and a requisite number of beasts. Learn more about her at www.nataliecparker.com.
Rae Carson is the author of the bestselling and award-winning Girl of Fire and Thorns series. Her books tend to contain adventure, magic, and smart girls who make (mostly) smart choices. Originally from California, Rae Carson now lives in Arizona with her husband. www.raecarson.com
Katie Cotugno is the New York Times bestselling author of Top Ten, Fireworks, 99 Days, and How to Love. She studied writing, literature, and publishing at Emerson College and received her MFA in fiction at Lesley University. Katie is a Pushcart Prize nominee whose work has appeared in Iowa Review, Mississippi Review, and Argestes, among others. She lives in Boston with her husband, Tom. www.katiecotugno.com
Lamar "L. R." Giles writes stories for teens and adults. He's never met a genre he didn't like, having penned science fiction, fantasy, horror, and noir thrillers, among others. He is a Virginia native, a Hopewell High Blue Devil, and an Old Dominion University Monarch. He resides in Chesapeake, Virginia, with his wife.
Justina Ireland is the author of the teen novels Dread Nation, Vengeance Bound, and Promise of Shadows. She enjoys dark chocolate and dark humor and is not too proud to admit that she’s still afraid of the dark. She lives with her husband, kid, and dog in Pennsylvania. You can visit her online at www.justinaireland.com.
Julie Murphy is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin’, Puddin', Ramona Blue, and Side Effects May Vary. She lives in North Texas with her husband who loves her, her dog who adores her, and her cats who tolerate her. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading, traveling, or hunting down the perfect slice of pizza. Before writing full time, she held numerous jobs, such as wedding dress consultant, failed barista, and, ultimately, librarian. Learn more about her at www.juliemurphywrites.com.
Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia. A full-time writer since 2001, he has worked as a literary agent, marketing consultant, book editor, book publicist, book sales representative, bookseller, and part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve. Garth's books include the award-winning fantasy novels Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen; Clariel, a prequel in the Abhorsen series; the cult favorite teen science fiction novel Shade's Children; and his critically acclaimed collection of short stories, To Hold the Bridge. His fantasy novels for younger readers include The Ragwitch, the six books of the Seventh Tower sequence, the Keys to the Kingdom series, and A Confusion of Princes. His books have appeared on the bestseller lists of the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, the Guardian, and the Australian, and his work has been translated in forty languages. He lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife and two children.
Veronica Roth is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, Four: A Divergent Collection, and Carve the Mark. Ms. Roth and her husband live in Chicago. You can visit her online at www.veronicarothbooks.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Three Sides of a Heart reinvents the love triangle with sixteen different stories, in with a wide spectrum of genres, and race, sexualities and genders. We have stories where the person has to choose between two people, or stories where there is no choice made, or stories where all the three people are in love with each other, or stories where one LI is eliminated so that the other two can live happily ever after. The stories are truly diverse and only about a third of them have some form of heteronormative storylines with a twist. For the rest, they involve at least a bisexual protagonist, and/or have gay/sapphic romances included. There is a story where the love interests are the same person, with different persona. There is a story involving a polyam ship among vampires, or a story with a polyam ship involving an empress who was not meant to be a ruler but ends up becoming one. There is a story where one of the love interests is genderfluid, and one where the genders of the three people involved is not specified. Another where one of the love interests is not a person, but a city. Basically, it is all different kinds of stories, with distinct storytelling styles, and diverse material, but the common theme of the love triangle. The book starts off with a sweet love triangle, Riddles in Mathematics where a brother-sister duo both love their childhood friend, and has hints of the Hayley Kiyoko’s song Girls Like Girls (without the abusive bf), and that kinda had me hooked in the book! While I really can’t go into each and every one of the stories, I would like to mention a few. Work in Progress was an unusually written story, with the genders of the trio not specified and the story actually being mini-stories of the same three characters but in different settings like space fantasy, high fantasy, contemporary, etc. and it doesn’t really have a conclusion. Just the idea that their story is told and retold across in different times, making it a timeless story that is much more about deep friendship. It is also one of the (probably) polyam stories. Another story, The Historian, the Garrison and the cantankerous cat woman is distinct because it is from the point of view of one of the love interests in the triangle (which is not a polyam ship) and delivers a nice gut punching twist in the end. I loved that it kept me on my toes and then made me gasp because I really couldn’t have seen that coming, and neither did the one who had to choose between the two. Dread South has me excited to read Justina Ireland’s Dread Nation because I think this short story is set in that universe and this little taste has me wanting for more. A Hundred Thousand Threads challenges the old new exciting girl trope with a blind central character and both his love interests being different personas of the same girl. While most of the stories in the book were amazing, some didn’t exactly impress me. Some were just playing on the old choose between the two love interests – one who excites you, one who interests you. Some were just two people chasing the same person, and that person has to decide to go with their head or their heart. And some stories did not really have a conclusion, or a forward movement to the plot – just present a setting where an unusual love triangle is presented. These were kind of why I could not give this a full five-star rating despite being an amazing collection of stories overall
3.5 stars Never in a million years did I think I would willingly read a book about love triangles, but this had too many awesome authors to skip. My favorites were the stories from Sabaa Tahir and Bethany Hagen. Both felt properly fleshed out with excellent characters and fantastic endings. I could have easily read more of either, but was quite satisfied with the story as it was. The rest of the stories were good, but nothing else stood out to me. Several felt rushed and underdeveloped. Overall, a good collection of stories with several diverse characters and unique situations. **Huge thanks to Harper Teen for providing the arc free of charge**
Now this might be an unpopular opinion, but I don’t really have a problem with love triangles. Knowing a book has a love triangle doesn’t immediately turn me off the book, so I came into this anthology excited to see how these authors executed this divisive trope, but I wasn’t necessarily looking for a complete reinvention or trope subversion. That said, some of these bring a fresh new take to the love triangle that was a lot of fun to see. Average rating: 3.77 Stars Stories I was most excited for: Riddles in Mathematics by Katie Cotugno; Lessons for Beginners by Julie Murphy; Hurdles by Brandy Colbert; Waiting by Sabaa Tahir Favorite Stories: La Revanacha del Tango by Renée Ahdieh; Cass, An, and Dra by Natalie C. Parker; The Historian, the Garrison, and the Cantankerous Catwoman by Lamar Giles; Waiting by Sabaa Tahir; Vega by Brenna Yovanoff, & Unus, Duo, Tres by Bethany Hagen Least Favorite Stories: Triangle Solo by Garth Nix; Work in Progress by E.K. Johnston; & A Hundred Thousand Threads by Alaya Dawn Johnson