Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet. Jennifer Armentrout. Young adult/Short stories/Romance. 2018. 224 pages. 3 stars.
Some people you want to get to know and some people you want to know you….For whatever reason, there are people that you want to tell your weird, secret thoughts to.
I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy in exchange for an honest review.
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’m writing this with a sad heart because I was a bit disappointed with one of the early anticipated releases of 2018. Meet Cute promised melt-worthy stories that will make you yearn for your own meet cute. Sadly, I didn’t get that feeling with all the stories.
The main problem I had with this book is that some were written in second person point of view. It felt really awkward being addressed directly when I was so used to being an invisible spectator when reading. It totally made me feel uncomfortable to the point that I felt like looking over my shoulder to make sure that no one was actually narrating my life!
There were some stories that I liked such as the one written by Katharine McGee and Nina LaCour! Some of these stories were realistic enough to be believable, however some were too far fetched and highly unlikely to happen for a meet cute.
Overall, this was an okay read especially if you find yourself having a few minutes to spare. These are short stories so you are in no rush to finish one story to the other. I personally took my time reading these and read them when I was in the mood to feel butterflies in my stomach.
Meet Cute is set to be released on 2 January 2018.