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Twelve short stories in verse by bestselling and award-winning authors that explore the highs and lows of love – romantic, platonic, familial, and self-love.

Love can be many things – all-consuming, fleeting, vengeful, selfless, toxic, uplifting, and always, a core part of the teen experience that leaves an indelible mark. This enchanting, genre-crossing anthology delivers something for every reader with unique characters, global settings, and a dazzling mixture of myth, historical, speculative, and contemporary fiction.

With the turn of a page, get swept away by unexpected love blooming between two princes from enemy Mesoamerican nations in the 15th century, who'd rather make music rather than war; cheer for a timid bearded lady who was shunned by her family and runs away to find belonging and safety at the circus during the 1800s experience the heartbreak of saying goodbye to a beloved pet; breathlessly watch a myth unfold as a siren bound to the water falls in love with a winged forest spirit, their love seemingly impossible from the start. Root for a girl who emerges from grief and battles with chronic pain to discover how to love herself and life again. 

Love is complicated, and this anthology embraces the messiness and the joy of all kinds of love. Contributors include:

  • Alexandra Alessandri
  • David Bowles
  • Melanie Crowder
  • Margarita Engle
  • Eric Gansworth
  • Robin Gow
  • Mariama J. Lockington
  • Laura Ruby
  • Padma Venkatraman
  • Jasmine Warga
  • Charles Waters
  • Kip Wilson

  • Pages: 256 Pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Imprint: Nancy Paulsen Books
  • ISBN: 9780593625279
Penguin Teen