Serendipity edited by Marissa Meyer is a collection of short stories inspired by classic romance tropes. With ten adorable stories within it, this is a unique and diverse anthology. I enjoyed each of the authors’ contributions, and I found Marissa Meyer’s and Elizabeth Eulberg’s stories the most impressive. This is the perfect read for romance fans.Title: Serendipity
Author: Marissa Meyer
Also by this author: Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: January 4, 2022
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.
❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃
Review: Serendipity edited by Marissa Meyer
Containing short stories from ten authors, this anthology reimagines a range of well-loved romance tropes, such as best friends to lovers, being trapped in a confined space, and a secret admirer. Because these tropes are so popular, it can be difficult to make them feel new again, but I found myself pleasantly surprised by the direction many of them take. I’m not sure I completely agree with the synopsis’s claim to turn each of these tropes on their heads, but this is still an entertaining read with a story to satisfy every romance fan.
❀ Different Forms of Storytelling
As an anthology, I appreciated the diversity within this book. Not only are there many stories about diverse characters, but the content and form of each story is also varied. There is even one graphic novel by Sarah Winifred Searle, which is something I have never seen in an anthology before. This inclusion of different forms of storytelling is something I would love to see more of.
❀ Many Favourites in this Anthology
After finishing this book, I came away with many favourites. I was especially impressed with Marissa Meyer’s “Shooting Stars,” featuring the “one bed” trope. This story is about camping, and since the characters are so well developed, it feels like it could be a full-length novel. Elizabeth Eulberg’s story about confined spaces also surprised me. The idea of being trapped in the London Eye is intriguing, and I enjoyed the more friendship-focused twist.
❀ A collection of adorable romances
Serendipity edited by Marissa Meyer is a collection of adorable romances inspired by classic tropes. While not every story feels completely fresh, I loved the anthology’s diversity, and I enjoyed each author’s contribution. There is something in here for every romance fan, making this the perfect cozy collection to curl up with this winter.