No, literally, this made smile a ton while reading 😄 I think it’s because all the stories are founded in tropes. So I’ll be reviewing this the same way I did Up All Night. Little reviews for each story with asetgaterisks by my favourites.
Disclaimer: I received this e-arc through Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. The featured image is my own. The summary is taken from Goodreads. All opinions expressed are my own.
Title: Fools in Love
Edited by: Ashley Herring Blake and Rebecca Podos
Contributors: Rebecca Barrow, Ashley Herring Blake, Gloria Chao, Mason Deaver, Sara Farizan, Claire Kann, Malinda Lo, Hannah Moskowitz, Natasha Ngan, Rebecca Podos, Lilliam Rivera, Laura Silverman, Amy Spalding, Rebecca Kim Wells, and Julian Winters
Year Published: 2021
Number of Pages: 288 pages
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Cover Art/Designer: Abbey Lossing
Genre: Young Adult ~ Anthology ~ Contemporary ~ Romance ~ LGBT+ characters
Join fifteen bestselling, award-winning, and up-and-coming authors as they reimagine some of the most popular tropes in the romance genre.
Fake relationships. Enemies to lovers. Love triangles and best friends, mistaken identities and missed connections. This collection of genre-bending and original stories celebrates how love always finds a way, featuring powerful flora, a superhero and his nemesis, a fantastical sled race through snow-capped mountains, a golf tournament, the wrong ride-share, and even the end of the world. With stories written by Rebecca Barrow, Ashley Herring Blake, Gloria Chao, Mason Deaver, Sara Farizan, Claire Kann, Malinda Lo, Hannah Moskowitz, Natasha Ngan, Rebecca Podos, Lilliam Rivera, Laura Silverman, Amy Spalding, Rebecca Kim Wells, and Julian Winters this collection is sure to sweep you off your feet.
*Silver and Gold by Natasha Ngan – 5 stars! This was so good! The spider squid sounded absolutely terrifying and I never want to see anything like that. I really enjoyed the characters and loved how they played off each other.
*Five Stars by Amy Spalding – Just like the title says – 5 stars! So so so good! I love Amy Spalding and this was so funny 😂😂😂 I would’ve died and also grabbed anything to possibly defend myself. I totally understand being too anxious to say anything. Represent!
Unfortunately, Blobs Do Not Eat Snacks by Rebecca Kim Well – 4 stars. MAGES, MAGE SCHOOL. I did like this. I didn’t like the whole confessing things under influence. I know thats the trope… But I dont like it. I wouldve starred it 3 but magic!
Edges by Ashley Herring Blake – 3 stars. Cute but not enough to capture me and interest me much.
*What Makes Us Heroes by Julian Winters – 5 stars! I mean, Julian Winters, so of course. It was all so cute and I more than likely squealed my way through it all.
*And by Hannah Moskowitz – 5 stars. Really really cute!!! Such a soft introduction into polyam and a natural change from 2 in a relationship to 3. And also, yes, that love triangle resulted in polyam because yes!! Those typical love triangles in books aren’t even proper love triangles!
My Best Friend’s Girl by Sara Farizan – 2 stars. I didn’t like the characters. I didn’t like the plot either. Hal was a weak character and I sort of didn’t believe he could be a hero? Like his character just didn’t fit the personality – superhero or ‘normal’. And not like the usual ‘oh the superhero isn’t a superhero once they’re not in costume’ – no, that’s totally different.
(Fairy) Like Attracts Like by Claire Kann – 1 star. I struggled to get through this. Glad this was a short story. I couldn’t get into the story and had no connections to the characters. The story makes no sense as well?
These Strings by Lilliam Rivera – 2 stars. I’m all for girls doing what they wanna do. It’s not 3 stars because I didn’t like the language – the narration and writing.
The Passover Date by Laura Silverman – 5 stars. This was so super cute! It’s a little… CHEESY but that’s exactly why I liked it. Silverman does it again!!
Bloom by Rebecca Barrow – 1 star. It was very confusing, especially as this is a short story so you wouldnt expect to find so much world-building here
*Teed Up by Gloria Chao – I know absolutely zero about golf (because I find it really boring lol) but this was absolutely 5 stars and gorgeous!! I loved the discussion about pressure, especially from your parents, and I think even more when you’re a woc in a very male-dominated area.
I love Liam. He was so nice and proud of Sunny and wanted her to succeed – but ONLY if it’s what she actually wanted.
*Boys Noise by Mason Deaver – 5 stars!! So so good!! I love boy band books and this one was so so good! I loved it so much!
*Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Malinda Lo – 5 stars! So so sweet!! Loved the characters 😌😌
Disaster by Rebecca Podos – 2 stars. I liked the concept but it wasn’t written well enough for me to go wow and everything.
There it is! I loved the authors taking the different tropes and creating stories from it! Also that if you changed which tropes got given to which authors, you would’ve had totally different stories and I love that!
Have you read this? If you have what’s your favourite short story? I can’t choose an absolute favourite so that’s why I have a ton!