SPOILER FREE REVIEW!
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary anthology
Target Audience: 15+
Rating: B (75%)
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
AUTHORS: Jennifer L. Armentrout, Dhonielle Clayton, Katie Cotugno, Jocelyn Davies, Huntley Fitzpatrick, Nina LaCour, Emery Lord, Katharine McGee, Kass Morgan, Julie Murphy, Meredith Russo, Sarah Shepard, Nicola Yoon and Ibi Zoboi
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.
Before I begin, this novel was given to me as an e-Book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, and an honest review it what they’ll get!
I read this book in order and wrote a review of each short story directly after reading, that way you get to experience my confusion and my excitement and more importantly, my AWWWWWW factor. I’ve also decided to rate them out of ten for their ‘Meet Cute’ factor. Ten being the absolute cutest.
Note: The Meet Cute factor isn’t rating these stories out of how much I liked them, just how cute I thought their meetings were.
#1: SIEGE ETIQUETTE – Katie Cotugno
What a marvellous start! I’ve never heard of this author before, but this short story was adorable! It necessarily funny, nor was it attention grabbing, but it was definitely cute. I found myself confused for part of it, still a little confused after it, but I think that was the point. I think Katie didn’t want to throw in a pile of information into the story, just enough to make you think and wonder. I definitely am thinking and wondering, about their future, about their past. Who they are, how they’re feeling. What happens?!
AHH! It’s cute, not extremely cute, but definitely cute.
Meet Cute factor: 6.5/10
#2: PRINT SHOP – Nina LaCour
You’ll probably hear this used a lot, but CUUUUTE! So, so, so cute! I preferred this one over the previous. It wasn’t confusing, it felt real and cute and I want to know what happens next, but I can’t :(. I could relate to all of Evie’s emotions and how she felt and how she acted. Everything felt real and perfect and AHHHH!
Meet Cute factor: 8.5/10
#3: HOURGLASS – Ibi Zoboi
Not as cute, but it was so freaking real. It was touching issues of high school, of race and of betrayal. It was showing determination but at the same time greed. In my opinion, this wasn’t a ‘Meet Cute’, this was a deep story with a potential love interest. If I were to vote my favourite on the level of ‘Meet Cute’, this would be my least favourite, however, if I were to judge it on the level on influence, this would win, hands down.
Meet Cute factor: 2/10
#4: CLICK – Katharine McGee
THIS IS THE CUTEST ONE SO FAR! Okay, okay, okay. I don’t know where to start, but this is EXACTLY what I was expecting from this anthology of adorable stories and I am 110% not mad. It was adorable and perfect and amazing and I found myself incredibly attached to these fictional characters and I need more God damn it! This is my favouritest thing ever.
Meet Cute factor: 10/10
#5: THE INTERN – Sara Shepard
I’ll admit it, I cried and it was wonderful. This one was adorable as well. At first, I wasn’t sure I was going to like it but it surprised me in the best way possible. It was cute and relatable and a little sad, but it worked. It was cute, just like the last but maybe only a fraction off of as cute as the last. It was definitely cute.
Meet Cute factor: 9/10
#6: SOMEWHERE THAT’S GREEN – Meredith Russo
This story took my breath away. It really brought forward a level of understanding for the transgender community. It made you understand that they are people too and regardless of what ones opinion is and what they think should or shouldn’t happen, you should think about allowing someone to feel equal with the community and wanted. It was absolutely a Meet Cute, an amazing and adorable and absolutely perfect Meet Cute.
Meet Cute factor: 10/10
#7: THE WAY WE LOVE HERE – Dhonielle Clayton
This story wasn’t as cute as the rest. I’m grateful that we have an Urban Fantasy novel – at least I think that’s what it is? It was cute and different and wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed this story but I think the last three were waaaay cuter. Maybe I don’t think it was as cute because it followed the last three which were all amazing! By no means was this a bad Meet Cute, it just wasn’t a Meet Cute that tickled my fancy.
Meet Cute factor: 6/10
#8: OOMPH – Emery Lord
Cuuuuute! This one was really cute and really relatable if you’re moving away for university/college, or just going into tertiary education with nerves and then the meet cute was super adorable, not like 10/10 adorable but super close! It was cute, I loved it I want moore! I want to know the story, what happens. Love it!!
Meet Cute factor: 9/10
#9: THE DICTIONARY OF YOU AND ME – Jennifer L. Armentrout
I don’t know what about this story reminds me of The Gilmore Girls, but something does! It was cute and cheesy and a whole lot of fun. I loved every single moment of this wonderful, wonderful novel. I loved that it was set in a library, I loved that it was adorable. I loved the quirky love interest. It was a pile of fun.
Meet Cute factor: 10/10
#10: THE UNLIKELY LIKELIHOOD OF FALLING IN LOVE – Jocelyn Davies
Okay, okay, okay. This one had so much potential to be adorable – and I’m not saying it wasn’t adorable, it was, it just wasn’t as cute as it could’ve been. I do like that this one was written vastly different from the rest. I like that it was adorable in a way that’s quirky, and I suppose it is a Meet Cute, just not a high Meet Cute. But that’s just me.
Meet Cute factor: 7.5/10
#11: 259 MILLION MILES – Kass Morgan
I’m glad we finally have a perspective from a guy! The meet cute was good. Not amazing or great. It was just good. However the story itself was amazing and wonderful and completely unfair. I currently share a love/hate relationship with this story. I can’t dive any further without spoiling it, just read and you’ll understand D’:
Meet Cute factor: 4/10
#12: SOMETHING REAL – Julie Murphy
I’m really not a fan of reality television, and even reading a story about reality television makes me a little sick. I think it’s fair to say this wasn’t my favourite. I didn’t really find it cute and I all round don’t care much for the characters. It felt more like a parody than an actual play of events.
Meet Cute factor: 1/10
#13: SAY EVERYTHING – Huntley Fitzpatrick
Uhh… It was cute? I think? I’m not sure. Maybe I wasn’t reading it properly, or understanding it properly. I think it was a little strange, I thought the relationship is a little strange. Even the plot was a little weird. I don’t know. I clearly don’t understand.
Meet Cute factor: 1/10
#14: THE DEPARTMENT OF DEAD LOVE – Nicola Yoon
CUUUTE! What a fabulous and wonderful and completely perfect note to end on! This one was adorable – predictable maybe, but adorable. It was a simple, futuristic story that for once didn’t focus on the negativity of the future. It made you open your eyes and wonder what good could come out of this world. Or maybe that was just me.
Meet Cute factor: 8/10
This is such a diverse range of adorable stories that each impacted me differently. I loved most of them and found most of them to be undeniably cuuuute! Most of these stories, however, seemed to incorporate the loss of someone close to them, and maybe that’s what made them so wonderful. It was a way to pull you into the story and make you feel grateful that despite the loss and sadness that’s occurred, at least they have a chance at happiness.
I enjoyed that none of these felt like an ending, they all felt as if they were leading into a better and brighter future (well most of them anyways). There wasn’t a fairytale ending to any of them and I truly want to know what happens to most of these diverse range of characters.
I loved this book as a whole. It was pure and refreshing. It was everything I was expecting from it and I wouldn’t take the time it took to read it back even if I could. You need to read it! It was spectacular.
The break down of my rating:
Style & Tone: 7/10
Enjoyment Factor: 8/10