Title: Meet Cute
Authors: Jennifer L. Armentrout and Others
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 2, 2018
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.
Meet Cute is just the anthology that I’ve been waiting for! This is an entire book featuring 14 incredible authors all about adorable first encounters. I personally enjoyed Jocelyn Davies, Kass Morgan, and Julie Murphy’s stories the most. I would definitely recommend this book to those looking for a feel-good read.
I adore the concept of this anthology. It is all about first meetings and, as the title promises, it is absolutely adorable. Meet Cute is incredibly diverse and contains a wide range of topics and genres. Not all the stories are 100% happy, which really makes the book more realistic. It is always hard to review anthologies because there are so many different contributions, but I enjoyed most of them, and overall, this collection lived up to the hype.
My favourite of the stories was The Unlikely Likelihood of Falling In Love by Jocelyn Davies. This story is about a girl woking on a research project about love at first sight and the probability of meeting the cute boy on the train again. I loved the main character and the mathematical aspects. This honestly needs to be a full book, it’s that engaging.
I also loved 259 Million Miles by Kass Morgan. This one tells the story of a boy applying for a one-way trip to Mars. There are some massive plot twists, which are pretty impressive for such a short story, and it is one of the stories that is pretty heartbreaking. Julie Murphy’s Something Real also captivated me. I loved the reality TV aspects and how supportive the girls are of each other even though they are competing for a date with a famous singer.
Meet Cute is an anthology about love at first sight. I enjoyed the diversity and the lovable characters. My favourite was Jocelyn Davies’s, but there were many other 5 star contributions. This is the perfect book to cozy up with this winter.
* I received an e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.