I love romance and I love tropes, so I knew Serendipity was going to be a great first read for the new year!
From the Blurb:
Love is in the air in this collection of stories inspired by romantic tropes and edited by #1 New York Times-bestselling author Marissa Meyer.
The secret admirer.
The fake relationship.
From stories of first love, unrequited love, love that surprises, love that’s been there all along, ten of the brightest and award-winning authors writing YA have taken on some of your favorite romantic tropes, embracing them and turning them on their heads. Readers will swoon for this collection of stories that celebrate love at its most humorous, inclusive, heart-expanding, and serendipitous.
Contributors include Elise Bryant, Elizabeth Eulberg, Leah Johnson, Anna-Marie McLemore, Marissa Meyer, Sandhya Menon, Julie Murphy, Caleb Roehrig, Sarah Winifred Searle, and Abigail Hing Wen.
Serendipity is a collection of short stories that are inspired by romantic tropes. There are so many different tropes to appeal to every reader! From the one-bed trope to class warfare to the best friend love trope, there’s sure to be a trope that you’ve read about before. Each story is written by a different YA author and they all put a unique spin to their given trope. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this collection of short stories!
I don’t typically read anthologies because I’m a reader who enjoys character-driven books, but I went into this with an open mind and I’m happy that I did.
There were a few stories that I didn’t enjoy as much as others. Two of my favorites were Shooting Star by Marissa Meyer and The Surprise Match by Sandhya Menon. I felt like these two stories had the best set up, not only with delivering their given tropes but also with the characters. Their romance was believable and gave me lots of fluffy feels while reading!
It’s a difficult task to write a short story and make sure that it sticks with the reader. For most of the stories I didn’t connect with, it was because I didn’t enjoy the twist on the tropes. I will say that they were all truly unique, though.
A great plus to this anthology is all of the awesome representation! There are characters of all backgrounds and there are LGBTQ+ romance stories included, which I absolutely loved. I think young readers will see themselves in these stories and know that everyone deserves a happily ever after.
Overall, I enjoyed Serendipity. This book is for the readers who are like me: that love romance and tropes.
The fun thing about reading a great YA romantic contemporary is the fact that they are predictable. I love to know that when I’m feeling low, I can pick up an easy read and finish it with a smile on my face. That is what Serendipity did for me. Even if I didn’t fall head over heels for each of these stories, I was always left grinning at the end.