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How We Began is an anthology with a special meaning. It tells us that love can start in many ways, no matter who you are, where you are or even what you are.
The world is full of stories. We watch them in theaters and read them in books. We tell them to our children and hear them at the office. Short stories in three-second sound bites. (Our team won the game last night!) Long, drawn-out stories that are shared over the course of many months. (Did you guys catch the 724th episode of Zombie Valley Girl Meth Head last night?)
And then there are the stories we write ourselves, a little more every day.
Stories entertain us. Stories teach us. They give us choices. They open us up to the humanity in one another and in ourselves.
So what would it be like if you never heard or read a story in which you recognized yourself? Or if you found a glint of familiarity in a newscast or anecdote, only to have the tale end horribly, tragically…no happily ever after for you?
How We Began is a book for those people. More specifically, it’s a book for LGBTQ+ young adults who want to read about what a positive, happy future might look like for them. It’s for adolescents who don’t usually see themselves being portrayed as normal teens who simply live their stories, happily and fully and right alongside all the other stories in the world.
It’s also for adults, though. It’s also for LGBTQ+ adults and straight adults and straight young adults and anyone who is interested in reading a bunch of really great stories. Because when it comes down to it, that’s also what How We Began is: a great book. The six authors and the editor of this anthology wrote from their hearts, and they wrote beautifully about the human experience, and there’s love and positivity and happy endings.
They are stories worth reading.
About How We Began
How does love begin?
A glance, a gesture, an unexpected offer of help from a stranger…or from a good friend. A smile across a counter at a coffee shop or video store. A secret revealed in a song from another place and time. Or in a love ballad crooned at a high school dance.
In this anthology of never-before-published sweet LGBTQ+ stories, six authors explore the beginnings of love between young and new adult couples. All proceeds will support The Trevor Project‘s work with crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ+ youth.