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.
*Thanks to HMH Books for Young Readers for sending me an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*
Siege Etiquette by Katie Cotugno: 2 stars
Unfortunately, I disliked both the POV of this story and the author’s writing style. Siege Etiquette was cute, but I also think that it wasn’t that interesting and I definitely wouldn’t be interested in reading more of this story.
Print Shop by Nina LaCour: 3.5 stars
I once again didn’t like the POV but unlike the first story, this one was very well written and also a lot more interesting.
Hourglass by Ibi Zoboi: 3 stars
This time, I really liked the POV the author chose for this story and I also really liked Ibi Zoboi’s writing style. I just think that ‘Hourglass’ was a little boring.
Click by Katharine McGee: 4 stars
I loved the idea of this short story and also think it was very well written. I would even be interested in reading more of this because it was just so interesting.
The Intern by Sara Shepard: 4.25 stars
‘The Intern’ was a cute and gripping story and I would definitely be interested in reading more of it. I also really liked the characters and Sara Shepard’s writing style.
Somewhere That’s Green by Meredith Russo: 1.5 stars
Unfortunately, this was my least favorite short story from this anthology. I really loved how the main character of this story was transgender because you don’t get to see that very often but I just feel like the entire plot was a complete disaster. The whole story was extremely confusing and at the end of it, I still hadn’t completely understood how all the characters were related to each other and what was actually going on. ‘Somewhere That’s Green’ was just very boring and I definitely wouldn’t be interested in reading more of this.
The Way We Love Here by Dhonielle Clayton: 4.5 stars
‘The Way We Love Here’ was a very interesting story and I loved the plot. I also immediately fell in love with the characters and would be interested in reading more about them.
Oomph by Emery Lord: 4.75 stars
This was such a cute story and I would love to read more about how their story continues once they both live in New York. I also loved Emery Lord’s writing style and I think I will definitely go and check out some of her other books because I’d never heard about her prior to reading this anthology.
The Dictionary of You and Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout: 5 stars
This was definitely my favorite story out of all the ones featured in this anthology. I just loved the characters and the whole idea with the library. It would’ve been great if this story had been a lot longer.
The Unlikely Likelihood of Falling in Love by Jocelyn Davies: 4 stars
I loved the idea of writing this like a statistics project and also think this was very well written. The plot was interesting and I also really liked the characters. A great short story.
259 Million Miles by Kass Morgan: 4 stars
This was an interesting story and I liked how it had a little bit of a different ending from all the other stories. Furthermore, I also really liked how it was written from the male main characters point of view.
Something Real by Julie Murphy: 3.5 stars
This was such a cute, little, fun story that was very well written and had an ending which I think was really interesting.
Say Everything by Huntley Fitzpatrick: 2.5 stars
I once again just didn’t like the POV of this story and also think it was a little boring even though it was still cute.
The Department of Dead Love by Nicola Yoon: 3 stars
I loved the idea of the ‘Department of Love’ but even though this was an interesting story, I also thought it was quite boring at some points.
Overall, this was probably one of the most adorable books I’ve ever read and it’s definitely a great anthology that deserves to be read!