Goodreads Rating: 3.78 / 5 stars
My Rating: 3 / 5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Anthology
Publication Date: January 2nd 2018
Publisher: HMH Teen
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.
Thank you HMH Teen for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review
Meet Cute is a collection of contemporary stories about cute first encouters turned into romance. Not all people enjoy insta-love but once in a while, you’ll want it if you’re looking for something fluffy. The stories were hit or miss to me but my favorites were written by Katharine McGee and Sara Shepard (both were new to me authors). Overall, this is a nice and likable collection.
SIEGE ETIQUETTE Katie Cotugno – 1.5 / 5 stars
– We’re off on a horrible start. I honestly didn’t enjoy the story. It’s forgettable and not cute. The heroine was annoying and pretentious and the hero was boring. Just meh.
PRINT SHOP Nina LaCour – 3/5 stars
– Definitely better than the first story. A greatly written lesbian story but it fell too short, I didn’t feel the spark between the protagonists.
HOURGLASS Ibi Zoboi – 3/5 stars
– Lovely story with strong characters. I like the angsty vibe and the little drama. The first encounter is good but it’s not cute. Potentially, it can be a beginning of a slow burn romance. Like the second story, it’s cut short.
CLICK Katharine McGee – 4.5 / 5 stars
– GAAAH! This one is über cute and it’s exactly the story I like. I adore the concept (matchmaking) and the plot was greatly build-up. I really like it’s written in dual point of view so I get to know more about the characters. Alexa and Raden definitely clicked. 😉
THE INTERN Sara Shepard – 4.5 / 5 stars
– Another wonderfully cute story. This one is sweet and touching. Phineas is a thoughtful musician. Love him!
SOMEWHERE THAT’S GREEN Meredith Russo – 1 / 5 stars
– Someone enlighten me on this because the story was messy and confusing.
THE WAY WE LOVE HERE Dhonielle Clayton – 4 / 5 stars
– Bizarre and enchanting. The story will give you all sorts of feels. I didn’t expect to enjoy it. The characters seeing their future with so many possibilities. What’s important is to enjoy the present time.
OOMPH Emery Lord – 3.5 / 5 stars
– A cutesy lesbian romance. I like the marvel reference here and the girls are just lovely. I had fun reading their conversations in a short period.
THE DICTIONARY OF YOU AND ME Jennifer L. Armentrout – 4/5 stars
– Nothing is more adorable when a story is set in a library. Getting to know a guy who hasn’t return a dictionary and wondering how he looks like… 😉 So fluffy!
THE UNLIKELY LIKELIHOOD OF FALLING IN LOVE Jocelyn Davies – 2/5 stars
– Hmm.. It was okay. I thought it’s a rip-off of The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight .
259 MILLION MILES Kass Morgan – 3.5 / 5 stars
– The male protagonist was adorable! He was sort of a nerd 😉 Haha!
SOMETHING REAL Julie Murphy – 2/5 stars
– Sorry but this falls meh. It wasn’t cute or whatsoever.
SAY EVERYTHING Huntley Fitzpatrick 3/5 stars
– It’s been a while since I’ve read Huntley Fitzpatrick’s book. I like the story but the ending just felt flat.
THE DEPARTMENT OF DEAD LOVE Nicola Yoon – 3/5 stars
– I really like the concept of the story. It’s refreshing and original but I wasn’t as invested as the other stories.