Three Sides of a Heart: Stories About Love Triangles

Three Sides of a Heart: Stories About Love Triangles


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You may think you know the love triangle, but you've never seen love triangles like these.

These top YA authors tackle the much-debated trope of the love triangle, and the result is sixteen fresh, diverse, and romantic stories you don’t want to miss.

This collection, edited by Natalie C. Parker, contains stories written by Renee Ahdieh, Rae Carson, Brandy Colbert, Katie Cotugno, Lamar Giles, Tessa Gratton, Bethany Hagan, Justina Ireland, Alaya Dawn Johnson, EK Johnston, Julie Murphy, Garth Nix, Natalie C. Parker, Veronica Roth, Sabaa Tahir, and Brenna Yovanoff.

A teen girl who offers kissing lessons. Zombies in the Civil War South. The girl next door, the boy who loves her, and the girl who loves them both. Vampires at a boarding school. Three teens fighting monsters in an abandoned video rental store. Literally the last three people on the planet.

What do all these stories have in common?

The love triangle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062424488
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/04/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 342,510
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Natalie C. Parker is the author of Beware the Wild and Behold the Bones and the editor of Three Sides of a Heart: Stories About Love Triangles. She is also the founder of Madcap Retreats and works at her local university coordinating programs on climate science and indigenous communities. She lives on the Kansas prairie with her partner and a requisite number of beasts. Learn more about her at

Rae Carson is the author of two bestselling and award-winning trilogies. Her debut, The Girl of Fire and Thorns, was named a William C. Morris Award finalist and an Andre Norton Award finalist. Walk on Earth a Stranger was longlisted for the 2015 National Book Award and won the Western Writers of American Spur Award. Her books tend to contain adventure, magic, and smart girls who make (mostly) smart choices. Originally from California, Rae Carson now lives in Arizona with her husband.

Katie Cotugno is the New York Times bestselling author of Top Ten, Fireworks, 99 Days, and How to Love. She studied writing, literature, and publishing at Emerson College and received her MFA in fiction at Lesley University. Katie is a Pushcart Prize nominee whose work has appeared in Iowa Review, Mississippi Review, and Argestes, among others. She lives in Boston with her husband, Tom.

Lamar Giles writes for teens and adults. He is the author of the Edgar Award finalists Fake ID and Endangered as well as the critically acclaimed Overturned, Spin, and The Last Last-Day-of-Summer. He is a founding member of We Need Diverse Books and resides in Virginia. Visit him online at

Justina Ireland is the author of Dread Nation, Deathless Divide, Vengeance Bound, Promise of Shadows, and the Star Wars novel Lando’s Luck. She enjoys dark chocolate and dark humor and is not too proud to admit that she’s still afraid of the dark. She lives with her husband, kid, and dog in Pennsylvania. You can visit her online at

Julie Murphy lives in North Texas with her husband who loves her, her dog who adores her, and her cats who tolerate her. After several wonderful years in the library world, Julie now writes full-time. When she’s not writing or reliving her reference desk glory days, she can be found watching made-for-TV movies, hunting for the perfect slice of cheese pizza, and planning her next great travel adventure. She is also the author of the young adult novels Dumplin’ (now a film on Netflix), Puddin’, Ramona Blue, and Side Effects May Vary. You can visit Julie at

Garth Nix is a New York Times bestselling novelist and has been a full-time writer since 2001, but has also worked as a literary agent, marketing consultant, book editor, book publicist, book sales representative, bookseller, and as a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve.

Garth’s many books include the Old Kingdom fantasy series, beginning with Sabriel and continuing to Goldenhand; the sci-fi novels Shade’s Children and A Confusion of Princes; the Regency romance with magic Newt’s Emerald; and novels for children including The Ragwitch, the Seventh Tower series, the Keys to the Kingdom series, and Frogkisser!, which is now in development as a feature film with Fox Animation/Blue Sky Studios. Garth has written numerous short stories, some of which are collected in Across the Wall and To Hold the Bridge. He has also cowritten several children’s book series with Sean Williams, including TroubleTwisters and Have Sword, Will Travel.

More than six million copies of his books have been sold around the world and his work has been translated into forty-two languages. You can find him online at

Veronica Roth is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, Four: A Divergent Collection, and Carve the Mark. Ms. Roth and her husband live in Chicago. You can visit her online at

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Three Sides of a Heart: Stories About Love Triangles 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
Three Sides of a Heart reinvents the love triangle with sixteen different stories, in with a wide spectrum of genres, and race, sexualities and genders. We have stories where the person has to choose between two people, or stories where there is no choice made, or stories where all the three people are in love with each other, or stories where one LI is eliminated so that the other two can live happily ever after. The stories are truly diverse and only about a third of them have some form of heteronormative storylines with a twist. For the rest, they involve at least a bisexual protagonist, and/or have gay/sapphic romances included. There is a story where the love interests are the same person, with different persona. There is a story involving a polyam ship among vampires, or a story with a polyam ship involving an empress who was not meant to be a ruler but ends up becoming one. There is a story where one of the love interests is genderfluid, and one where the genders of the three people involved is not specified. Another where one of the love interests is not a person, but a city. Basically, it is all different kinds of stories, with distinct storytelling styles, and diverse material, but the common theme of the love triangle. The book starts off with a sweet love triangle, Riddles in Mathematics where a brother-sister duo both love their childhood friend, and has hints of the Hayley Kiyoko’s song Girls Like Girls (without the abusive bf), and that kinda had me hooked in the book! While I really can’t go into each and every one of the stories, I would like to mention a few. Work in Progress was an unusually written story, with the genders of the trio not specified and the story actually being mini-stories of the same three characters but in different settings like space fantasy, high fantasy, contemporary, etc. and it doesn’t really have a conclusion. Just the idea that their story is told and retold across in different times, making it a timeless story that is much more about deep friendship. It is also one of the (probably) polyam stories. Another story, The Historian, the Garrison and the cantankerous cat woman is distinct because it is from the point of view of one of the love interests in the triangle (which is not a polyam ship) and delivers a nice gut punching twist in the end. I loved that it kept me on my toes and then made me gasp because I really couldn’t have seen that coming, and neither did the one who had to choose between the two. Dread South has me excited to read Justina Ireland’s Dread Nation because I think this short story is set in that universe and this little taste has me wanting for more. A Hundred Thousand Threads challenges the old new exciting girl trope with a blind central character and both his love interests being different personas of the same girl. While most of the stories in the book were amazing, some didn’t exactly impress me. Some were just playing on the old choose between the two love interests – one who excites you, one who interests you. Some were just two people chasing the same person, and that person has to decide to go with their head or their heart. And some stories did not really have a conclusion, or a forward movement to the plot – just present a setting where an unusual love triangle is presented. These were kind of why I could not give this a full five-star rating despite being an amazing collection of stories overall
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars Never in a million years did I think I would willingly read a book about love triangles, but this had too many awesome authors to skip. My favorites were the stories from Sabaa Tahir and Bethany Hagen. Both felt properly fleshed out with excellent characters and fantastic endings. I could have easily read more of either, but was quite satisfied with the story as it was. The rest of the stories were good, but nothing else stood out to me. Several felt rushed and underdeveloped. Overall, a good collection of stories with several diverse characters and unique situations. **Huge thanks to Harper Teen for providing the arc free of charge**
ahyperboliclife More than 1 year ago
Now this might be an unpopular opinion, but I don’t really have a problem with love triangles. Knowing a book has a love triangle doesn’t immediately turn me off the book, so I came into this anthology excited to see how these authors executed this divisive trope, but I wasn’t necessarily looking for a complete reinvention or trope subversion. That said, some of these bring a fresh new take to the love triangle that was a lot of fun to see. Average rating: 3.77 Stars Stories I was most excited for: Riddles in Mathematics by Katie Cotugno; Lessons for Beginners by Julie Murphy; Hurdles by Brandy Colbert; Waiting by Sabaa Tahir Favorite Stories: La Revanacha del Tango by Renée Ahdieh; Cass, An, and Dra by Natalie C. Parker; The Historian, the Garrison, and the Cantankerous Catwoman by Lamar Giles; Waiting by Sabaa Tahir; Vega by Brenna Yovanoff, & Unus, Duo, Tres by Bethany Hagen Least Favorite Stories: Triangle Solo by Garth Nix; Work in Progress by E.K. Johnston; & A Hundred Thousand Threads by Alaya Dawn Johnson