cover image Fools in Love: Fresh Twists on Romantic Tales

Fools in Love: Fresh Twists on Romantic Tales

Edited by Ashley Herring Blake and Rebecca Podos. Running Press Kids, $17.99 (288p) ISBN 978-0-7624-7234-5

Fifteen authors offer up tales inspired and informed by classic romance tropes in this pleasing anthology, which delivers an enjoyable selection of kisses, confessions, and happy-for-nows. Alongside a variety of character backgrounds, gender identities, and pairings, editors and contributors Blake (Hazel Bly and the Deep Blue Sea) and Podos (The Wise and the Wicked) curate a range of moods, genres, and themes. In Malinda Lo’s Chinese-inspired speculative “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” fix-it genius Fei Cheng encounters a runaway princess aboard a space station. Julian Winters’s “What Makes Us Heroes” sees Black superhero-in-training Shai finding common ground with golden-complexioned, former friend-turned-villain Kyan at a coffee shop. Realistic contemporaries include Amy Spalding’s “Five Stars,” which involves a white teen being mistaken for a rideshare driver, and Mason Deaver’s “Boys Noise,” in which two white members of a popular boy band—one cis, one trans—escape their handlers for an unsupervised birthday excursion to New York City. Fun and frothy, this is a candy box of romantic stories boasting joyful, satisfying conclusions. Ages 13–up. Agent: Rebecca Podos, Rees Literary. (Dec.)