I recieved an e-ARC copy via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
You will love this book if you like:
- short stories,
- contemporary books.
You should read it:
- when you need something super cute,
- when you want to fall in love.
- written by several authors,
- very diverse,
- released on 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.
Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet was one of my most anticipated releases of 2018 since one of my favourite authors, Jennifer L. Armentrout, wrote a short story in this anthology. When NetGalley accepted to send me an e-arc copy of it, I simply couldn’t believe it: I was extremely happy but still was a bit scared. What if I was disappointed? After all, it happened with Because You Love to Hate Me and maybe I just didn’t love anthologies. Well, I was wrong: This book is the cutest thing I have ever read and made me feel extremely happy.
The first thing that struck me while reading it was how diverse it was. I knew it was going to be, but I never thought it would be that diverse and I’m so glad it did. I felt so good reading it, and this book definitely is important. I may not be part of the LGBTQIA+ community as I am a straight cis woman but I can see how powerful this book is for people who belongs to this community.
I grew up reading books about girls falling in love with boys and boys falling in love with girls and it talked to me but I wish I would have grew up in a world in which every kind of relationships is portrayed, a world in which a gay boy can see himself in the main character, in which a trans bi girl can say that this book was about her. Everyone should see themselves in literature, and it was darn time a book like Meet Cute came out.
This book was natural. Boys fell in love with boys and girls with girls and boy with girls and girls with boys. Some were trans girls and some were trans boys and never once it was said that they were fake boys or fake girls; they just were who they were. Meet Cute also was about everyone, not just considering sexuality but also skin colours. It wasn’t just about white people for once, but really about everyone. This anthology succeeded in making everyone feeling represented, included, in just a few words and a few stories, something that is still missing a lot in today’s literature.
Meet Cute made me feel good about our future. I dream to live in a world where people wouldn’t assume you love boys because you look like their definition of a girl, where love is love is love is love is love.
Talking about the anthology itself, I loved some short stories more than others. For example, I fell in love with Print Shop, Click, Oomph, The Dictionary of You and Me and Something Real. There were some that didn’t work out for me, like Siege Etiquette and Say Everything (as I don’t like the second person point of view), as well as The Intern (which deals with insta-love). The others were cute, sometimes weird but in a good way and always adorable. In the end, the whole book is the definition of cuteness and love.
In conclusion, I highly recommend this book to lovers of romance and contemporary, but also to everyone. I promise that it’ll make you feel good, and who doesn’t need a little bit of cuteness in their lives?