Brittney Morris turns enemies to lovers with the help of a balcony herb garden, Jennifer Yen writes an unconventional romance that starts outside a hospital, and Natasha Preston's teens discover each other--and their love story--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.
Synopsis from Goodreads
One of my favourite YA romance authors is Erin Hahn and I first found out about this book when she talked about writing one of the short stories in it. I loved the idea that it’s an anthology about teens finding ways to still fall in love in the middle of this pandemic. Although this book came out last year, I finally had a chance to sit down and read it, and I really just wanted to give a quick review of it!
Great Collection of Authors
I picked up this book because I adore Hahn’s and wanted to read her short story. I ended up finding new authors that I equally enjoyed and can’t wait to read their other work! I love that this diverse group of writers each gave a mini love story that reflects the diversity in our world, while also staying to true the rules of the pandemic. That said, including so many authors in one book means that these stories are really short. I’m not the biggest fan of short stories because I never feel like I get enough: enough character growth, enough drama, enough happy ending. So many of these stories felt rushed because of this, through no fault of their own - it’s just a hazard of only having a certain number of pages to write a love story in!
Love During a Pandemic
Love the premise of these stories. A lot of books have been released, but I thought it was brilliant that these stories are all specific about addressing the lockdowns and pandemic and still being able to find love instead of pretending it all away. I don’t expect every book released to be about covid, but I did love reading about people finding love during this truly awful time. These authors all did a great job finding creative ways to have their characters fall in love. These stories are sweet, thoughtful, respectful of the restrictions of the pandemic, and truly hopeful.
Personal Rating for Each Story
Love, Delivered - 5/5
Socially Distanced Dog Walking Brigade - 4.5/5
One Day - 4/5
Rules of Comedy - 3/5
New Boy Next Door - 2.5/5
Love With a Side of Fortune - 3/5
Green Thumb War - 3.5/5
Stuck With Her - 4/5
Masked - 5/5
Overall, this was a really sweet anthology and I love that this collection of authors came together to write love stories in the middle of this very chaotic and overwhelming time. It’s such a hopeful book because of all the wonderful stories that are in it. It’s also great to read about how resilient people and how resilient love can be. Each story is quick and cute and I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a book that’s hopeful, with a lot of cute love stories, and just really fun to read.
FINAL RATING: 4/5
Hi, I'm Alexandra! I love reading (largely YA fiction, but sometimes I'll read "adult" books), playing board games, Nutella, and binge-watching TV shows on Netflix with my husband.
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