Meet Cute: Some People are Destined to Meet
by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Sona Charaipotra, Dhonielle Clayton, Katie Cotugno, Jocelyn Davies, Nina LaCour, Emery Lord, Katharine McGee, Kass Morgan, Julie Murphy, Meredith Russo, Sara Shepard, Nicola Yoon, Ibi Zoboi
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on January 2nd 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Short Stories, Holiday
Format: Physical ARC
Source: Kindly provided by Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review.
Summary from Goodreads:
Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. MEET CUTE is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of "how they first met" from some of today’s most popular YA authors.
Readers will experience Nina LaCour's beautifully written piece about two Bay Area girls meeting via a cranky customer service Tweet, Sara Shepard's glossy tale about a magazine intern and a young rock star, Nicola Yoon's imaginative take on break-ups and make-ups, Katie Cotugno's story of two teens hiding out from the police at a house party, and Huntley Fitzpatrick's charming love story that begins over iced teas at a diner. There’s futuristic flirting from Kass Morgan and Katharine McGee, a riveting transgender heroine from Meredith Russo, a subway missed connection moment from Jocelyn Davies, and a girl determined to get out of her small town from Ibi Zoboi. Jennifer Armentrout writes a sweet story about finding love from a missing library book, Emery Lord has a heartwarming and funny tale of two girls stuck in an airport, Dhonielle Clayton takes a thoughtful, speculate approach to pre-destined love, and Julie Murphy dreams up a fun twist on reality dating show contestants.
This incredibly talented group of authors brings us a collection of stories that are at turns romantic and witty, epic and everyday, heartbreaking and real.
The complete anthology of short stories about "how they met" was so adorably cute! MEET CUTE was such a fluffy and fun anthology to read.
SEIGE ETIQUETTE by Katie Cotugno 2/5
I don't know why I didn't necessarily like this story as much as the others. Maybe it was because I recently reviewed Cotugno's latest book, Top Ten. It fell like I was going back and forth way too much. Besides one of my major negatives for ANY book has to be adultery/cheating of any kind.
PRINT SHOP by Nina LaCour 4.5/5
Such a cute and fun filled story! I loved the aspect where Evelyn (a.k.a. Evie) wanted to work somewhere - specifically the Print Shop - where it didn't work digitally, they didn't have a website. I can definitely relate. In today's society, technology is everywhere. I would love the opportunity to work somewhere where it doesn't, much like the store in this story, work digitally. Overall, this was an absolute delight to read.
HOURGLASS by Ibi Zobol 3.5/5
A diverse story filled with romance as a young girl struggles to get out of her small town and attend a university that understands her and where she can be herself. Of course, drama soon occurs and Cherish soon finds herself betrayed.
CLICK by Katherine McGee 5/5
This was such a moving story. It didn't solely focus on the romance, it also showed in a way life. It shows how many people want and wish they can control their lives, paths, and how everything ultimately turns out in the end. However, we can not control everything in life, we can only control ourselves. A story about love, life, acceptance, moving on, and learning to live every day to the fullest.
THE INTERN by Sara Shepard 4/5
Focusing more on family than on the romance. It was a beautiful story entering around a young girl who, in the face of loss, works at her father's company. I can't say too much without spoiling it so all I will say is that it is such a profoundly moving (and emotional) story to read.
SOMEWHERE THAT'S GREEN by Meredith Russo 2.5/5
I am truly at a loss for words. This story is definitely one of my least favourite from this anthology. I loved the fact that the main character of this story was transgender. We sadly don't get to see a lot of that this often. However, the story felt confusing (to say the least) and was extremely difficult to stay interested in reading.
THE WAY WE LOVE HERE by Dhonielle Clayton 4.5/5
This was such an interesting story to read. I almost immediately adored the plot, characters, and writing style. Definitely one of my favourite stories in this anthology.
OOMPH by Emery Lord 4.5/5
Oh my gosh, this was such a cute story! Lord's writing style was a breath of fresh air. She finds a way to immerse you in the story and make you want more all in a single interaction between two marvellously written characters. I will definitely be checking out some of her other works.
THE DICTIONARY OF YOU AND ME by Jennifer L. Armentrout 5/5
This was by far my favourite story featured in this anthology. The plot, the characters, and just the overall setting made it an absolute blast to read. I wish the story was a bit longer or if even (fingers-crossed) Armentrout writes a spin off regarding these characters - like it's their children telling the story now. I don't know, I just want to read more about these adorably cute characters.
THE UNLIKELY LIKELIHOOD OF FALLING IN LOVE by Jocelyn Davies 4/5
This was such a unique story to read. I adored the idea behind it, a statistics project based on the likelyhood of seeing the same person, and I also liked the characters. It was an overall great short story.
259 MILLION MILES by Kass Morgan 4/5
Another fantastically written futuristic story. This meet-cute story definitely captured my attention. With a unique and intriguing plot to the main character's point of view, this story definitely succeeded in making me want to know more about these characters and what happens next. Especially since that ending was so different compared to the way the other stories ended.
SOMETHING REAL by Julie Murphy 4/5
A fun, cute, short story that really hit the mark. It was well written and captivating to read. Having never previously read any of Murphy's work before, I can definitely say that this has peaked my interest and I will be picking up her previous work sometime in the near future.
SAY EVERYTHING by Huntley Fitzpatrick 2/5
It was a cute story but it just wasn't for me. It left me at times feeling bored and uninterested. I don't know if it was the POV in this story or the writing style but something just didn't work for me.
THE DEPARTMENT OF DEAD LOVE by Nicola Yoon 3.5/5
This was such an interesting story. I mean the idea itself was so creative, a bunch of people devoted to helping others experiencing heartbreak. However, there were times where I felt a bit bored with the story.
In the end, this was probably the best anthology I have ever read. It truly deserves to be read.
About The Author:
Jennifer L. Armentrout, Sona Charaipotra, Dhonielle Clayton, Katie Cotugno, Jocelyn Davies, Nina LaCour, Emery Lord, Katharine McGee, Kass Morgan, Julie Murphy, Meredith Russo, Sara Shepard, Nicola Yoon, Ibi Zoboi.