Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Review: Meet Cute - Some People Are Destined to Meet

An Anthology
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: January 2nd, 2018
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
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.

I very rarely choose to pick up an anthology. Not always are they focused on genres or topics I'm interested in, however in the case of Meet Cute, I was immediately sold! Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet is a contemporary romance anthology featuring some of YA's astounding authors. With stories from Jennifer L. Armentrout, Emery Lord, Sara Shepard, Nicola Yoon, Julie Murphy, and more, I was eager to dive into what, I preconceived, would be a breezy and sweet read perfect for this reader's sweet tooth.

Anthologies, for yours truly, are always hard to absorb and categorize into an overall rating. Some stories (and not many) in Meet Cute were spot on, swoon-worthy reads that I can certainly see myself re-reading again in the near future. However, among the breezy reads, there were a few that didn't quite hit the mark for me. I found a few to be kind of cringy and predictable, as if I'd read something very similar in the past, but with that said others were very spot-on and made me wish for more.

For the high points of Meet Cute, I can only describe my favorite short stories as being wonderfully written, filled with progressive and detailed characters that captivated me and whom won me over instantaneously. There were more than a few titles that made me hope for a possible companion or follow up, something I certainly hope the authors are interested in possibly doing someday. Although not all the tales in Meet Cute were spot-on for me, my overall enjoyment of Meet Cute, as a whole, was highly enjoyable and worth the read. I would love to recommend Meet Cute for readers who have a hankering for a sweet and swoon-worthy novel that's unlike any other, with a wide array of unique characters that are vivid and burst from it's pages.

4 / 5 Cupcakes

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1 comment

  1. I have heard a lot of mixed reviews but coming across this - it's making me feel like it's worth picking it up! :)