People feel so much. Love is so big and it leaves behind a crater. Even when it's wrong.
Title: Meet Cute: Some People are Destined to Meet
Author: Multiple authors
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Anthology
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Date Published: January 2, 2018\
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.
In case it wasn’t obvious, this book is an anthology. I haven’t reviewed an anthology on my blog before, but I am going to try by giving each story it’s own section and rating! So, without further ado, let’s get into the review!
Siege Etiquette by Katie Cotugno: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Siege Etiquette is about two people stuck in a bathroom, hiding from the police at a high school party. Sounds pretty cliche right? Think again. This story was anything but cliche. It was adorable, witty, and incredibly fun to read. It was definitely a great story to start out the anthology and one of my personal favorites.
Print Shop by Nina LaCour: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Print Shop is about two girls meeting through a customer service twitter page for a print shop. This one was another of my favorites. I flew through it. Even though it was a short story, I enjoyed how there were little twists and turns throughout it. I also loved the story behind all of the characters, it made everything about this story ten times better!
Hourglass by Ibi Zoboi: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Hourglass is about a girl desperate to get out of her small town in her last month of high school. One of the main things that I liked about this story was how the characters weren’t perfect. I feel like that is something that is not really shown that much, especially in short stories, so I appreciated that aspect. I also enjoyed the main character. I can’t explain why, but there is just something about her that I loved.
Click by Katharine McGee: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Click is about two people that met through a futuristic dating service. Okay, I just need to get this out there: I AM SO HAPPY THIS WAS WRITTEN IN TWO PERSPECTIVES!! I rarely get to read dual perspectives, so when I saw that was the way Click was written, I was over the moon! However, what really pushed this one over the top for me was the backstory behind the main character. It brought an air of mystery which really enthralled me. It also added so much depth to the story which made this short story a five star one.
The Intern by Sara Shepard: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Intern is about a girl that is stuck with the job of taking a famous person on a tour. I thought that this story was very cute and adorable, albeit a little unrealistic. I also really loved the fact that the main character was interning because it kind balanced out the unrealistic with more realistic things. I thought that The Intern was super enjoyable and I had a lovely time reading it!
Somewhere That’s Green by Meredith Russo: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Somewhere That’s Green was absolutely phenomenal. I truly believe that this story is something extraordinary. I loved it so much! It follows a huge issue in today’s society which is something that I loved since it brought light to the issue. I can’t even say enough about how much I enjoyed this twist on a controversial issue (I also loved the dual perspective in this one as well)!!
The Way We Love Here by Dhonielle Clayton: ⭐⭐⭐
I’m sad to say that I didn’t love this story as much as the other ones. I found it to be kind of repetitive. I also had a hard time clicking with the characters, which is definitely important in short stories. However, I did like the world building throughout the plot!
Oomph by Emery Lord: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Oomph was another one of my favorite stories in this anthology. It follows two girls at the airport. First, I loved the characters. In addition, the plot was positively adorable and I was definitely rooting for the main characters the entire time. I also enjoyed the hopeful ending that we were left with.
The Dictionary of You and Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This was also one of my favorites! Agh, I can’t say enough about how much I loved this one! It was everything I expected and more. It was cute, witty, charming, and extremely entertaining. It was predictable but it also wasn’t (which probably makes no sense, just read it and you’ll know what I mean)!
The Unlikely Likelihood of Falling in Love by Jocelyn Davies: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I adored The Unlikely Likelihood of Falling in Love. I loved the characters, even though they didn’t have much of a backstory (I know, crazy, right?). And to make this book a five star story, there was even a hint of feminism throughout the plot!
259 Million Miles by Kass Morgan: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
259 Million Miles was a funny and cute story, but I didn’t love it. I feel like it was pretty predictable. I was able to predict the ending at the beginning of the story. Other than that, I liked the characters and the plot. I also loved the world building!
Something Real by Julie Murphy: ⭐⭐⭐
I was not a fan of Something Real. It was so predictable and cliche, I just wasn’t able to enjoy it. Not only that, but I also did not find any connection to any of the characters. However, I won’t go into the negative parts of the story too much for the sake of the length of this review.
Say Everything by Huntley Fitzpatrick: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Say Everything was one of the most unique stories in this anthology. I really enjoyed this story because it was different. In addition to that, I really enjoyed the main character’s backstories (yes, again).
The Department of Dead Love by Nicola Yoon: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Department of Dead Love was incredible. There were also twists and turns throughout the entire story and I truly didn’t expect the ending. The characters were easy to love, the world building was there, backstories were there, and the plot was enthralling!
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