REVIEW: Meet Cute by Various Authors | HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

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“All love ends.”
“Maybe. But it has to start somewhere.”

Back of the book blurb:

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.

Chase’s thoughts:

Publication Date: January 2, 2018
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781328759870

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Overall Rating:

            Happy Valentine’s Day! I was struggling to think of a post I could do since I seem to do one every year, so I figured I would just review one of the cutest books I’ve ever read for this year’s Valentine’s Day post.

Like my last review for an anthology book (Summer Days and Summer Nights), I did an overall rating (above) and I will do individual ratings below. I want to talk about the book as a whole and then do the individual (mini) reviews.

            Ever since Stephanie Perkins’s My True Love Gave to Me, I’m, like, in love with anthology books. I love short stories. And I love love. So, when I realized that Meet Cute was coming out, my heart was so full! And a book full of meet cutes? COUNT ME THE FUCK IN.

            There are so many amazing writers that contributed to this anthology including some of my favorites: Katie Cotugno, Huntley Fitzpatrick, Emery Lord, Sara Shepard, and Nicola Yoon. Meet Cute also introduced me to some other incredible authors that I haven’t read before like Nina LaCour (yes, I know she was in Summer Days and Summer Nights), Julie Murphy, and Kass Morgan. Unlike Stephanie Perkins’s anthologies, these stories are about all different seasons and adventures. It’s honestly so great.

            One of my favorite things about Meet Cute as a whole is all of the diversity. There are protagonists of color, bisexual protagonists, gay protagonists, female protagonists, male protagonists. Ugh. It was just so great. So, like stated above, I gave Meet Cute five stars overall because each and every story made me fall deeper and deeper in love.

Individual Reviews:

Siege Etiquette by Katie Cotugno – 5/5 stars

“You can hear the sound of his heartbeat, steady, drowning out the sound of the mayhem raging on the other side of the door.”

            Ugh, Katie Cotugno gets me every damn time. She was a great opener to the anthology and Siege Etiquette has one of my favorite tropes: the popular girl and the underdog. I also love how it ends. It’s just so powerful to me.

Print Shop by Nina LaCour – 5/5 stars

“It’s early, I know. We’ve only just met. But this might be a love story, so I want to tell it the right way.”

            This story is probably one of my favorites out of the entire anthology. Two girls meet through a cranky customer service tweet. There’s something just so special about this story that it fills my heart with so much joy! (I didn’t even mean for that to rhyme.) It was truly just so beautiful.

Hourglass by Ibi Zoboi – 4/5 stars

“Sexy is a state of mind.”

            This one was so cute. I really enjoyed Ibi’s style of writing. It was humorous and serious and important. The meet cute was absolutely adorable, too. It gave me chills when I finished it.

Click by Katharine McGee – 5/5 stars

“It’s when the world feels full of magic, when anything seems possible.”

            Another favorite of mine! Raden is so damn cute and Alexa is perfect. I also really loved the futuristic aspect of this story. Click, as an app, intrigued me and kept me turning the page.

The Intern by Sara Shepard – 5/5 stars

Someone needs to worry about you.”

            Ah!!! It was so interesting to see Sara write a love (short) story. Obviously, her novels have romance weaved throughout them, but mystery is the main theme in them. She definitely managed to make me fall in love. Who doesn’t love a good rock star, to be honest?

Somewhere That’s Green by Meredith Russo – 4/5 stars

“All her years of pent-up longing, bursting out of her torn seams now, in this moment, with this girl who should have hated her.”

            Wow. Definitely such an important story in Meet Cute. A transgender girl is fighting for her rights while still trying to have a normal high school career. The big declaration at the end was a little too cheesy for me (shocker, I know), but nonetheless, the story was amazing.

The Way We Love Here by Dhonielle Clayton – 5/5 stars

“This is how we find love here.”

            Oh my god. I absolutely love the whole Soulmate Tattoo trope. Dhonielle puts an amazing twist on it and weaves such an incredible story that will leave you in tears. God, this one is so emotional and powerful and wow. I love it so much.

Oomph by Emery Lord – 5/5 stars

“Everything feels so much safer in costume, with adopted mannerisms. So why, sitting here with her, do I want to empty my pockets and show her everything I own?”

            An airport meet cute? WHAT ELSE COULD YOU POSSIBLY WANT? Emery Lord gets it. She really does. I love her writing and her passion she puts into every story she writes. And that ending? I CRIED IT WAS SO CUTE.

The Dictionary of You and Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout – 5/5 stars

“Well, that would be just zazzy.”

            Oh my god. This was the cutest shit I’ve ever read. A little library romance. Isn’t that what we all want? Moss’s mystery library guy is amazing. This writing is amazing. This story is… you guessed it! Amazing.

The Unlikely Likelihood of Falling in Love by Jocelyn Davies – 5/5 stars

“But like I said before, you can’t plan for everything.”

            THE STORIES JUST GET CUTER AND CUTER. All you math nerds will absolutely love this story. It’s a play on fate and statistics and honestly? Even the most cold-hearted will shed a tear. I must read moer Jocelyn Davies!!!

259 Million Miles by Kass Morgan – 5/5 stars

“So, hello to everyone out there who’s watching, whether you’re in the U.S., Asia, Europe, wherever. Or even if you’re on Mars.” I pause and smile. “Especially if you’re on Mars.”

            I never realized how much I enjoyed futuristic love stories. Anyone have anymore recommendations, please? ANYWAY, Kass Morgan is wonderful. This story of two teens who might get the chance to create life on Mars is heartwarming and also bittersweet. The ending made me smile and cry at the same time.

Something Real by Julie Murphy – 5/5 stars

“So maybe you can’t take the awkward out of the girl, but you sure can hide it.”

            I’ve never read Julie Murphy before, but after this, I absolutely want to. A true love story in the midst of a dating reality show? It was the story I never knew I needed. And that ending? THE ENDING WE ALL DESERVE, OKAY?

Say Everything by Huntley Fitzpatrick – 5/5 stars

“To you he’s that boy.”

            God, I always forget how wonderful of a writer Huntley Fitzpatrick is. *Immediately looks up all of her books that I haven’t read and orders them.* This story was emotional and heartbreaking, but by the end, you’ll be a born again believer… in love, of course.

The Department of Dead Love by Nicola Yoon – 5/5 stars

“Love is so big and it leaves behind a crater. Even when it’s wrong.”

            MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE STORY FROM MEET CUTE. OH MY GOD. Everything about this story. EVERY DAMN THING. Nicola Yoon is a goddess. SHE IS MY QUEEN. This story was so fucking amazing. It made me cry. It made me laugh. It ripped my heart out and then gave it back and I became a changed man. Jesus. SO PERFECT.

            Like I said, Meet Cute is… cute as fuck. It’s a perfect Valentine’s Day read because it will make you believe in love and fate and happiness all over again. I promise.

Happy Reading!

The Wandereader

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