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Together, Apart

By Erin A. Craig and Auriane Desombre and Erin Hahn and Bill Konigsberg and Rachael Lippincott and Brittney Morris and Sajni Patel and Natasha Preston and Jennifer Yen
Together, Apart by Erin A. Craig and Auriane Desombre and Erin Hahn and Bill Konigsberg and Rachael Lippincott and Brittney Morris and Sajni Patel and Natasha Preston and Jennifer Yen digital book - Fable

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Publisher Description

A collection of original contemporary love stories set during life in lockdown by some of today's most popular YA authors.

Erin Craig "delivers" on a story about a cute pizza delivery boy, Auriane Desombre captures a girl trying to impress her crush on TikTok, and Bill Konigsberg takes readers along on daily walks where every step brings two boys closer to love. There's roommates-to-enemies-to-something more from Rachael Lippincott, a tale of a girl with a mask-making business and her potentially famous crush from Erin Hahn, and a music-inspired meet cute from Sajni Patel. Brittney Morris sparks a connection with the help of two balcony herb gardens, Jennifer Yen writes an unconventional romance that starts with a fortune reading and a take-out order, and Natasha Preston steals hearts when a girl meets up with the boy next door in a storybook oak tree.

Romantic, realistic, sweet and uplifting, TOGETHER, APART is a collection of finding love in unexpected places during an unprecedented time . . . each with the one thing we all want: a guaranteed happy ending.

In support of the book's publication, a donation will be made to Active Minds, a nonprofit organization dedicated to mental health education, research, and advocacy for young adults ages 14-25.

12 Reviews

“Overall this is a very cute book. The stories were easy to read and all within a 3-4 star average which is pretty good. Everything was relatable and well described. The only thing is some stories were similar but there's only so much you can write about when it comes to quarantine. here are my ratings/review for every single story: Love, Delivered by Erin A. Craig 4 stars this was sweet, a very strong start to the book. I enjoyed the characters and the romance was very cute. The Socially Distant Dog-Walking Brigade by Bill Konigsberg 3 stars so I'm not sure what it was about this that just got it a 3 stars. It wasn't bad by any means I actually enjoyed it a lot. I think I just had a bit higher expectations for the story. I also felt like it should have been shorter than it was. I will have to say the way the author described Anxiety was very relatable. One Day by Sajni Patel 5 stars THIS STORY IS SO FLUFFING CUTE I CANNOT. Pure perfection lies in this story. It's funny, charming and just so swoon worthy! And can we just talk about the ending? omg like my heart melted. AMAZING!! cannot wait to pick up anything else by Sajni. The Rules of Comedy by Auriane Desombre 4.5 stars This story was very cute and simple. I feel like it's a good pallet cleansing story. It was very cute, however, there was just something missing. The relationship between the two characters seemed very rushed and if it came out of no where... still cute tho The New Boy Next Door by Natasha Preston 4.5 stars This one was adorable as heck. I loved seeing the street come together and accept the characters into their community like that. It was really cute to see the relationship between the two characters grow as they got to know each other more. Very sweet. Love with a Side of Fortune by Jennifer Yen 3.5 stars Very cute, I liked the MC's mom for the most part however she was a bit annoying at times. I really enjoyed this one tho since it explored more of the current state were in with Covid, having some restrictions removed, so it was nice to see the characters do other things than being locked in their rooms. The Green Thumb War by Brittney Morris 4 stars omg every time that cat jumped I would get scared for it. Other than that it was sooooo cute! I also really wanna try her Lasagne. Stuck with Her by Rachael Lippincott 3.5 stars This was another very short story that I wish was a tad longer since there wasn't really wiggle room for the relationship to develop between the two characters. It went from hatred to love over night and I just didn't really find it as accurate as the others. Masked by Erin Hahn 5 stars OMG I ADORED THIS!! what an ending to this book! It was just so good! Loved all the characters in here and the romance was so flipping cute and swoon worthy! loved every second of it.”
“This book was fine. It had a lot of cute stories in it but nothing that absolutely blew me away. It’s worth reading if you want a collection of cute YA short romances but for me personally, none of them really stood out or were super memorable.”
“*View my reviews at http://www.drinkreadrepeat.com * The world is constantly changing. And an inarguable byproduct of this continual change is the fact that each generation has a different coming of age experience. My formative experience, for example, was absolutely influenced by the explosion of technology that occurred during my youth. When I was born in 1982 Betamax players were only kind of a thing and by the time I graduated high school in 2001 I had internet in my home — granted, it was dial-up. The thing with this change, though, was that it was gradual. Piece by piece, technology by technology, the world in which I lived evolved. Sure, looking back on 1982 from 2001 you could see that the world was very different than it used to be, but because it was gradual it was never really a shock to the system. There wasn’t one point past which everything was different. And, honestly, the changes I lived through weren’t even really unexpected. Yes, the trajectory of technological development had steepened, but it wasn’t a jump. It wasn't like this pandemic, which came along out of nowhere and, seemingly overnight, changed all of our lives, especially the lives of adolescents. The almost-adults in our midst were still learning how to navigate the world we had when everything changed. It has yet to be seen what impact this pandemic will have on who the adolescents of today become, but we can already see the short-term effects all around us. And it is these short-term effects that are captured in this anthology of pandemic-set tales of young love. This collection of short stories features a diverse array of original works penned by well-established young adult authors. The only thread connecting them was the fact that they all were set in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. To my delight, both as a collection and as individual stories, Together, Apart worked. The fact that each tale was separate and distinct allowed for the stories that filled this anthology to be as diverse as the unique experiences we all had during this unprecedented time. Each author brought his or her own flavor to the literary exploration of what it’s like to live through this — hopefully — once in a lifetime occurrence. And I think this made this anthology feel more realistic. More representative of not just one subsection of teen, but of all of the adolescents that fill this varied and vast country. This diverse and complex world. All of the teens whose lives were changed, in one way or another, by this need to stay apart when they feel that hard-to-resist the adolescent drive to be together. Representation in general was a definite strength of this book. Not only did the anthology include depictions of teens in different types of communities — urban and suburban and rural — it also contained robust representations of various sexual orientations and cultures. This representation is beneficial in two ways. First, it ensures that nearly any teen who reads this anthology can find someone in it with whom to relate. And second, it exposes adolescent readers to the lives and experiences of those who are wholly dissimilar to them. It is honestly a feat that they were able to get these stories written, and get this book out, in the midst of a now-nearly-year-fucking-long pandemic. But I am so glad they did. Because I feel like these stories resonate more now than they would in a year or so. In fact, the timing of this book’s release created another really interesting facet of reading this novel. Reading it now, it feels almost as if these stories provide a window back in time. Written, as they presumably were, at the start of this pandemic, these stories allow you to see how much things have changed. Reading them made me realize that, even in what has been an incredibly sudden disruption, we've experienced incremental changes. We've learned how to cope with our new normal. We learned how to be together, yet apart. And that is really something of which we should be proud. One of the best, if not the best, young adult anthologies I have ever had the pleasure of reading, Together, Apart earns 5 out of 5 cocktails.”
“This was cute but it isn't a book that would be relevant in a year so y'all better read it now or never XD P.S. Erin Hahn's story was my favorite so it's time I read her novels!”

About Erin A. Craig

CONTRIBUTORS INCLUDE: Erin A. Craig, New York Times best-selling author of House of Salt and Sorrows; Auriane Desombre, author of I Think I Love You; Erin Hahn, author of You'd Be Mine; Bill Konigsberg, Stonewall Book Award and Lambda Literary award-winning author of six books for teens, including The Music of What Happens; Rachael Lippincott, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Five Feet Apart; Brittney Morris, author of Slay; Sajni Patel, author of The Trouble with Hating You; Natasha Preston, #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Cellar and The Twin; and Jennifer Yen, author of A Taste for Love.

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