Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet

Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet

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 Twe...

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Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet Reviews

  • Lala BooksandLala

    SIEGE ETIQUETTE by KATIE COTUGNO

    4 stars

    PRINT SHOP by NINA LACOUR

    3 stars

    HOURGLASS by IBI ZOBOI

    4.5 stars

    CLICK by KATHERINE MCGEE

    5 stars

    THE INTERN by SARA SHEPARD

    2 stars

    SOMEWHERE THAT'S GREEN by MEREDITH RUSSO

    3 stars

    THE WAY WE LOVE HERE by DHONIELLE CLAYTON

    3.5 stars

    OOMPH by EMERY LORD

    5 stars

    THE DICTIONARY OF YOU AND ME by JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT

    2 stars

    THE UNLIKELY LIKELIHOOD OF FALLING IN LOVE by JOCELYN DAVIES

    4 stars

    259 MILLION MILES by KASS MORGAN

    4 stars

    SOMETHING REAL by JULIE MURPHY

    2 stars

    SAY

    SIEGE ETIQUETTE by KATIE COTUGNO

    4 stars

    PRINT SHOP by NINA LACOUR

    3 stars

    HOURGLASS by IBI ZOBOI

    4.5 stars

    CLICK by KATHERINE MCGEE

    5 stars

    THE INTERN by SARA SHEPARD

    2 stars

    SOMEWHERE THAT'S GREEN by MEREDITH RUSSO

    3 stars

    THE WAY WE LOVE HERE by DHONIELLE CLAYTON

    3.5 stars

    OOMPH by EMERY LORD

    5 stars

    THE DICTIONARY OF YOU AND ME by JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT

    2 stars

    THE UNLIKELY LIKELIHOOD OF FALLING IN LOVE by JOCELYN DAVIES

    4 stars

    259 MILLION MILES by KASS MORGAN

    4 stars

    SOMETHING REAL by JULIE MURPHY

    2 stars

    SAY EVERYTHING by HUNTLEY FITZPATRICK

    1 stars

    THE DEPARTMENT OF DEAD LOVE by NICOLA YOON

    3.5 stars

  • Stacee

    I don’t normally read anthologies, but this topic of meet-cutes and all of these fantastic authors, I just couldn’t resist.

    I read a couple of paragraphs of each story to decide if I wanted to continue. I read all of the stories except 4 of them and the stories that I did read were fantastic.

    Lots of great characters and clever set ups and representation. Some kissing, but looooooots of sweet moments. My ultimate favorite was JLA’s story that featured a library and an overdue dictionary.

    Overall

    I don’t normally read anthologies, but this topic of meet-cutes and all of these fantastic authors, I just couldn’t resist.

    I read a couple of paragraphs of each story to decide if I wanted to continue. I read all of the stories except 4 of them and the stories that I did read were fantastic.

    Lots of great characters and clever set ups and representation. Some kissing, but looooooots of sweet moments. My ultimate favorite was JLA’s story that featured a library and an overdue dictionary.

    Overall, a quick and super cute read.

    **Huge thanks to HMH Books for Young Readers for providing the arc free of charge**

  • Nina

    Actual Rating: 3.54/5 stars

    Unfortunately, I disliked both the POV of this story and the author’s writing style. Siege Etiquette was cute, but I also think that it wasn’t that interesting and I definitely wouldn’t be interested in reading more of this story.

    I once again didn’t like the POV but

    Actual Rating: 3.54/5 stars

    Unfortunately, I disliked both the POV of this story and the author’s writing style. Siege Etiquette was cute, but I also think that it wasn’t that interesting and I definitely wouldn’t be interested in reading more of this story.

    I once again didn’t like the POV but unlike the first story, this one was very well written and also a lot more interesting.

    This time, I really liked the POV the author chose for this story and I also really liked Ibi Zoboi’s writing style. I just think that ‘Hourglass’ was a little boring.

    I loved the idea of this short story and also think it was very well written. I would even be interested in reading more of this because it was just so interesting.

    ‘The Intern’ was a cute and gripping story and I would definitely be interested in reading more of it. I also really liked the characters and Sara Shepard’s writing style.

    Unfortunately, this was my least favorite short story from this anthology. I really loved how the main character of this story was transgender because you don’t get to see that very often but I just feel like the entire plot was a complete disaster. The whole story was extremely confusing and at the end of it, I still hadn’t completely understood how all the characters were related to each other and what was actually going on. ‘Somewhere That’s Green’ was just very boring and I definitely wouldn’t be interested in reading more of this.

    ‘The Way We Love Here’ was a very interesting story and I loved the plot. I also immediately fell in love with the characters and would be interested in reading more about them.

    This was such a cute story and I would love to read more about how their story continues once they both live in New York. I also loved Emery Lord’s writing style and I think I will definitely go and check out some of her other books because I’d never heard about her prior to reading this anthology.

    This was definitely my favorite story out of all the ones featured in this anthology. I just loved the characters and the whole idea with the library. It would’ve been great if this story had been a lot longer.

    I loved the idea of writing this like a statistics project and also think this was very well written. The plot was interesting and I also really liked the characters. A great short story.

    This was an interesting story and I liked how it had a little bit of a different ending from all the other stories. Furthermore, I also really liked how it was written from the male main characters point of view.

    This was such a cute, little, fun story that was very well written and had an ending which I think was really interesting.

    I once again just didn’t like the POV of this story and also think it was a little boring even though it was still cute.

    I loved the idea of the ‘Department of Love’ but even though this was an interesting story, I also thought parts of it were pretty boring.

    Overall, this was probably one of the most adorable books I’ve ever read and it’s definitely a great anthology that deserves to be read!

  • Alyssa

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    Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet by various authors

    Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

    Publication Date: January 2, 2018

    Rating: 4 stars

    Source: eARC from NetGalley

    Summary (from Goodreads):

    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

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    Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet by various authors

    Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

    Publication Date: January 2, 2018

    Rating: 4 stars

    Source: eARC from NetGalley

    Summary (from Goodreads):

    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.

    What I Liked:

    If you know one thing about me, it is that I love a good romance. I am a huge fan of romance, and I am such a hopeless romantic. When I first heard about this book, I knew I needed to read it. Meet cute moments are amazing and I live for them! If you want to read about a meet cute of my own, check out #ManBunGuy on Twitter (and look for my updates -- @Alyssa_Susanna). Not that I'm dating the guy - but it's still an adorable meet cute. It would have made an amazing addition to this anthology. ANYWAY. I really like meet cutes and adorable beginnings to romances so this anthology was right up my alley. Most of these stories were amazing!

    I'm not usually one of anthologies for one reason: short stories are always too short. I hate feeling like what I read wasn't complete enough! I don't love being left with the feeling of wanting more (but knowing there won't be more). I will say that some of the stories in this anthology definitely left me wanting more; the short stories were based solely on the meet cute moment, and not the aftermath (i.e. going on a date, dating, etc.). BUT this didn't irritate me because the premise of the book is the meet cute moments, and so I knew upfront that the stories would be exclusively about the meet cutes and not the entire romance/love story. This seems like a simple thing but it makes a difference!

    I'm not going to talk about all of the stories because some of them didn't really stick with me and some of them I didn't really like. For the most part, all of them were interesting and worth the read. But some of them were better than others!

    I think my favorite was Jennifer L. Armentrout's story, "The Dictionary of You and Me". It involves a girl who works at the library, and has to call patrons when they haven't returned their overdue book. There is one patron, around her age (based on his voice), that has had a dictionary checked out for forever. Every time she calls him, they end up talking about other things... and he never returns the book. She likes talking to him though. What happens next? You'll have to read the story to find out! Honestly it is so cute and it is the type of meet cute that I could see happening to me (meaning, while it is definitely fiction, it isn't so far-fetched). I was smiling the whole time I read this story.

    I also adored "Click" by Katherine McGee. This story is set in 2020 and it is about a girl and a boy who uses the Click app. The app matches you with a person that is highly compatible to you, up to the 99th percentile. Alexa is on her way to a date with a guy she matched with on Click, in the 99th percentile of compatibility. She and Raden meet, but then she realizes she left her cell phone in the taxi cab. Raden uses his phone to track hers, and they go off to chase down her phone. I thought this story was so sweet, and the twist at the end made me smile. This one made me think about how we are in this day, with dating apps and matching and whatnot.

    Another story I liked was Dhonielle Clayton's "The Way We Love Here". I didn't quite understand what was happening at first, especially in terms of the world-building, but this was the type of story that you needed to keep reading in order to fully grasp what was happening. It isn't set in a purely contemporary world and the world-building wasn't thrown in all at the beginning, so it took a bit for me to understand the what's and how's. The story involves a girl who saves a boy from drowning, but there is so much more to it. It made me smile, it made me feel a little sad, but it also made me feel a spark of hope. This pair had a heartbreaking yet romantic meet cute.

    "Print Shop" by Nina LaCour was adorable. A girl gets hired at an old-fashioned print shop, where banners and things like that are hand-lettered. But a mishap with an order happens, and the customer isn't happy. The customer is a high school student like our protagonist. These two "meet" at the very end of the story when the protagonist takes the banner to the customer, but the meet cute is still so cute. And the story itself was intriguing - there was a lot going on besides the meet cute. I liked it!

    Like I said, most of the stories were so interesting. I'm not going to talk about all of them because this review would go on for forever and ever, but I liked most of the stories and therefore, I recommend the anthology as a whole. I must give a shout-out to all of the authors who featured diverse characters. There was such a wide array of characters - it wasn't just boy meets girl/girl meets boy. The meet cutes were all so different but the characters themselves were so different. I loved seeing so many different relationships.

    Bottom line: I liked this anthology! It was definitely worth the read.

    What I Did Not Like:

    There were some short stories that I didn't really love, and that's okay! It's an anthology so there was bound to be at least that I felt kind of ehhh about. I'm not going to talk about any specifically because me feeling ehhh about them is very subjective (as with all stories, really). I didn't find anything "wrong" with any of these stories though.

    Would I Recommend It:

    If you are like me, a hopeless romantic who loves love and romance and relationships, then give this anthology a shot! Meet cutes are one of my favorite aspects of a good romance, and I love what the authors came up with. This anthology is so sweet and heartwarming and made me really happy.

    Rating:

    4 stars. Worth the read, in my opinion. I don't usually go for anthologies but this one is as good as it sounds. It would make a great gift! If you live in the USA and preorder the book, you could get some neat buttons from the publisher. Just a thought!

  • Heather 'Bookables'

    4.5

    LOVED this! Definitely one of my new favorite YA anthologies! There were 4 stories in this collection I gave 5 stars to!

    Such an adorable, diverse and fun read!

    * I will be filming a review on this where I tell you my individual ratings for each story which I will then post to here!*

  • Nat

    Sometimes I just need to get sucked into a feel-good story and stay there until I'm finished. Thankfully, I accomplished just that with this anthology full of short bursts of sweetness with meet-cutes, butterflies, first impressions, and so much more.

    Just some of my personal memorable stories from the book:

    • Nina LaCour's

    :

    Funnily enough, this story opens with our main character, Evie, receiving her first job where she's set to develop an online presence for a print shop she cho

    Sometimes I just need to get sucked into a feel-good story and stay there until I'm finished. Thankfully, I accomplished just that with this anthology full of short bursts of sweetness with meet-cutes, butterflies, first impressions, and so much more.

    Just some of my personal memorable stories from the book:

    • Nina LaCour's

    :

    Funnily enough, this story opens with our main character, Evie, receiving her first job where she's set to develop an online presence for a print shop she chose mainly for its

    of computers. I loved how we got such a solid grip on the atmosphere of the shop and the people working there, like, I could smell the air engulfing Evie the minute she walked in, similar to what I mentioned in my review for LaCour's 

    . I especially cherished Neve, who's eight months pregnant and doesn't care to overshare:

    Weirdly relieved when I read that last sentence and realized how everyone desperately tries to erase that image in their head.

    But things really get going when Evie receives a cranky customers service tweet, demanding justice be served to Principal Hope not principle hope.

    • Dhonielle Clayton's 

    :

    The blurb describing this as a predestined tale of love had me thinking it would lead to a bunch of sappy one-liners about the greatness of romance, but in all actuality, I was surprised for the better thanks to the characters' self-deprecating humor and eerily relatable overthinking thoughts.

    We then receive this rare opportunity to look into Vio and Sebastien's future lives together, which reminded me of another similar short story from a #LoveOzYA Anthology that I absolutely adored last year: 

    by Will Kostakis. 

    ,

    • Jennifer L. Armentrout's 

    :

    Following Moss's ongoing mission at the library to retrieve the way-overdue dictionary from a certain H. Smith.

    Interestingly enough, the ongoing flirting and bantering that took place between the two over the phone was put a little on the back burner for me as I had a magical time living vicariously through her to see what a job at the library would entail. Swoon.

    But that's not to say that I wasn't left with a megawatt smile on my face upon reading their amusing conversations as well.

    because you

    I'm a sucker for smooth talkers in books.

    by Jocelyn Davies:

    I wasn't expecting to like this one as much as I did because I rarely if ever appreciate "love at first sight" stories. But Jocelyn Davies took an interesting spin on this trope.

    The reason I cherished this tale was mainly that I saw so much of myself exposed within the main character. As I once read somewhere (and I'm desperately wishing I remembered the source here): There's something completely indescribable about reading someone's story and being able to see some of yours in it. Like, her calculating the chances of meeting the cute boy she randomly passed on her morning route is all too relatable to me.

    This right here is my two inner voices arguing on paper.

    And this next passage then captures that moment of trying to comfort yourself that it's for the best if you never see him again:

    But once in a blue moon, the universe (or the author of a story) has something bigger in store and all we can do is wait. I wasn't expecting to feel this seen with this anthology but I'm glad I was.

    • Julie Murphy's 

    :

    Entertaining reality TV told through short fiction? Yes, please!

    follows our main character, June Smith, as she's going through the trials of entering a reality dating show contest with her favorite singer Dylan as the "prize."

    At the heart of it all, though, is a story of fandom, girls supporting girls, and connection.

    to

    It was also just dizzyingly and irresistibly enjoying to read.This is reality TV at its peak. The author said it best when she talked about June's competitor, Martha:

    I'm glad that what I was feeling was conveyed on paper, but it made me laugh when I remembered

    :

    On that note, I have one last story I want to mention which is Nicola Yoon's

    There's a question she posed in it that I found radically important to know the answer to. It goes as follows:

    is

    And Yoon did not disappoint in her theory:

    Overall, upon completing each story, I had an insurmountable amount of fun revisiting the words of some of my favorite YA authors. As well as trying to guess which couple was being featured on the cover.

    Lastly, I'd like to feature the theme song playing in the back of mind throughout this anthology performed by the one and only

    .

    ,

  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)

    Average rating: 3.2/5

    My rating: 3/5

    This had such high points and low points, which is exactly how I feel after every single anthology I read. I think the concept of this whole collection was nice, but I would have liked a couple more stories from male perspectives - and a m/m story perhaps? Don't get me wrong, I loved how many f/f stories were in this, but I think it could have benefited from some other narrators. But let's get into my specific feelings on all 14 stories.

    Breakdown of the stories

    Average rating: 3.2/5

    My rating: 3/5

    This had such high points and low points, which is exactly how I feel after every single anthology I read. I think the concept of this whole collection was nice, but I would have liked a couple more stories from male perspectives - and a m/m story perhaps? Don't get me wrong, I loved how many f/f stories were in this, but I think it could have benefited from some other narrators. But let's get into my specific feelings on all 14 stories.

    Breakdown of the stories:

    Siege Etiquette by Katie Cotugno - 2/5

    A very odd way to start the collection. I think the second person was a bit strange, but I adjusted. However, there was a very cavalier use of cheating that definitely didn't endear me to the characters.

    Print Shop by Nina LaCour - 3.5/5

    I will always adore Nina's writing. This had a very cute, romance vibe, which is exactly what I was looking for in this collection. It was nice to see a super rom com set up for two girls falling in love (in this instance, falling for each other over Twitter in the midst of customer service frustrations). The POV shift was a bit strange, but still an overall solid story.

    Hourglass by Ibi Zoboi - 3/5

    I thought this did a great job of tackling issues like body image, coming from a poor family, and college prep, but I felt like the best friend relationship was very lackluster in how it was dealt with. Also, the meet cute itself left me wanting more.

    Click by Katharine McGee - 4/5

    Such a cute story. I may have been in a particular mood for reading this, considering I had just barely watched the "Don't Hang the DJ" episode of

    , but I felt like the dating app aspect worked perfectly. Also, a big fan of the split POV. It definitely helped me to know BOTH of the characters more, and to feel more invested in their meet cute.

    The Intern by Sara Shepard - 3/5

    This was cute, but overall just rushed. I felt like none of the emotional punches were really earned, because I didn't get enough of a chance to know the characters and be impacted by the things they had gone through. The relationship also felt very rushed.

    Somewhere That's Green by Meredith Russo - 4/5

    I loved this story, and I love Meredith Russo. This was f/f, and it was also split POV. One of the POV characters was a trans girl, and the other was a closeted lesbian, and they both wind up being cast in their high school production of

    . This tackles some huge stuff, especially transphobia, but I thought it did it all beautifully and also managed to fit in a wonderful meet cute. It's possible I was even more charmed by this considering my sister is currently in her school's production of

    , but it is what it is.

    The Way We Love Here by Dhonielle Clayton - 4/5

    This has a really magical vibe and I enjoyed that aspect. I think there is a huge amount of skill involved in worldbuilding within a short story, which Dhonielle absolutely pulled off. This covers years and years of a relationship, and it doesn't feel rushed or forced in any way, which is so impressive.

    Oomph by Emery Lord - 5/5

    CLEARLY my favorite of the entire collection. This was perfect in every way. Give me a full novel about these two amazing girls meeting in an airport and falling for each other, seriously. I have never read anything by Emery Lord before, but I will definitely be checking out more of her books after reading this.

    The Dictionary of You and Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout - 2/5

    I think my overall review of this was that I just didn't care? I didn't care about the characters, the story, the stakes, etc. I spent most of the time rolling my eyes. It was a stumbling block in the middle of a really solid run of stories and I just didn't care for it.

    The Unlikely Likelihood of Falling in Love by Jocelyn Davies - 3.5/5

    This was absolutely ridiculous, but I was still super charmed by it. I mean the concept - seeing someone on the subway and falling instantly in love, then using an AP statistics assignment to track them down again - is absurd, but I loved the way it was written. I don't know how this one got me, but it did.

    259 Million Miles by Kass Morgan - 2/5

    This was the first story to have a solely male POV, and I really wish it had been stronger. I think this tried to tackle way too much in a limited amount of space, and the love interest was laughably one-dimensional. Also, with how this ended, I don't know if I would really consider this a meet cute?

    Something Real by Julie Murphy - 3.5/5

    I'm giving out huge points to a great concept right here. I mean, it was solid. I thought it tried a little too hard with the emotional stuff near the beginning, but by the end I was grinning ear to ear.

    Say Everything by Huntley Fitzpatrick - 2/5

    I read this earlier today and I've already forgotten what it was even about... Yikes, let me go look back at it. Ah, yes. Ok, this one tried to tackle like a hundred deep, emotional issues, and I don't think it really managed any of them well. It was a really bizarre concept that I don't really think worked. And, apparently, it's a bit forgettable.

    The Department of Dead Love by Nicola Yoon - 3/5

    I thought the worldbuilding of this was absolutely incredible. If you want to know what it takes to build a totally new world in the space of a short story, I recommend checking this out. However, I think the relationship itself was a little weak. This is the only other story with a solely male POV, but I just wasn't very invested in him or the new relationship that was happening.

    And that's it, those are my thoughts on

    . If you like anthologies, I think this is a pretty solid, standard YA anthology, but expect the highs with the lows. My favorite aspect of this book was the diversity, and the sheer number of f/f stories. It was really appreciated, especially in an anthology like this where it was just cute and romantic and simple. Ladies falling in love don't usually get that sort of story in mainstream YA, and I loved how many got the chance to in this collection.

    *Thanks to the publishers who provided me with a copy of this book through Netgalley*

  • emma

    I LIKE LOVE, OKAY.

    from an artistic standpoint, that is. i like romantic comedies. i like romantic subplots in my favorite TV shows. all the best songs are about love. i read an endless string of disappointing contemporaries because every once in a while, i find one that makes me feel something.

    i'm cynical and pessimistic and sometimes mean. i can be bitter and hardhearted. but i like love-related art.

    so i was excited for this book, and, to some degree, i got what i expected. maybe not what i hop

    I LIKE LOVE, OKAY.

    from an artistic standpoint, that is. i like romantic comedies. i like romantic subplots in my favorite TV shows. all the best songs are about love. i read an endless string of disappointing contemporaries because every once in a while, i find one that makes me feel something.

    i'm cynical and pessimistic and sometimes mean. i can be bitter and hardhearted. but i like love-related art.

    so i was excited for this book, and, to some degree, i got what i expected. maybe not what i hoped for, but what i expected.

    some of these stories are good. a lot of them aren't. a few were really enthralling. there was a level of diversity that was really pleasantly surprising.

    short stories really feel like taking a bite of a cookie and putting it down, and as such there's really a limit to how much i can enjoy them. but still - this wasn't an awful reading experience.

    bottom line: not worse than i'd thought it would be - but certainly no better.

  • Candace Robinson

    This book was full of cute stories and just what I needed! Armentrout's was my favorite, and I couldn't stop smiling while reading it! I kind of want to go check out a dictionary now! But they were all different and had me feeling good!! Sometimes you just need a short story, or in this case, an anthology of them!!

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