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Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet

Review

Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet

MEET CUTE, the newest anthology to enter the young adult book world, written by 14 wonderful authors is full of short stories about how different couples first meet. There are various types of meeting scenarios like through an angry customer service tweet, finding love through a missing library book and even while being involved in a project that could send someone to Mars. All of the stories deliver heartfelt encounters from the present and future with a little help from fate, luck and especially a bit of love at first sight.

Normally I’m a little bit more hesitant with anthologies because they sometimes feel like a mod podge of random storylines that never connect, and therefore confuse me. However, even if the stories in this collection never converge, they do have one thing in common: really lovable characters. Each of them had different personalities which made the process of being introduced to new people more enjoyable as the novel progressed.

"MEET CUTE was a fast-paced, passionate journey from beginning to end. Every time I finished one author’s work I immediately felt drawn to the next...."

Overall, I loved a majority of the stories written, but my favorite has to be “The Department of Dead Love” by Nicola Yoon. It follows a boy named Thomas, heartbroken by a recent breakup, and his experience with the Department of Love (where you go if you want to figure out what went wrong in a previous relationship). The story was full of angst but, at the same time, hope that someone can make it out okay in the end after suffering from a broken heart. I also loved the connection he had with his “HeartWorker,” Gabrielle. Their chemistry was beyond beautiful and had me squealing due to all the feels from their first encounter onward.

Another story I loved was “The Dictionary of You and Me” by Jennifer L. Armentrout. The story mainly took place in a library (I know, a complete shocker as to why I enjoyed it) but, besides that, the banter between the two main characters was the best part. Moss keeps trying to get this mystery guy to return a dictionary and amongst the wittiness and teasing, she falls for him. It was a gripping storyline from the first page and even reminded me a bit of the film “You’ve Got Mail” which is one of my favorites so I definitely enjoyed the small amount of the parallels there!

Some stories were a bit more entertaining than others, but I think they all had a certain uniqueness to them that made the collection stand out. I also think a main factor that highlighted the novel was how diverse it was. In “Print Shop,” “Somewhere That’s Green,” “Oomph,” and “Something Real,” there was some amazing LGBTQIA+ representation that was so wonderful to read from. I could also really tell that the authors put everything they had into their stories and, in the end, they delivered works full of love and acceptance which is something I think we all like to see.

In the end, MEET CUTE was a fast-paced, passionate journey from beginning to end. Every time I finished one author’s work I immediately felt drawn to the next, leading me to never being able to put the novel down. I would recommend this anthology to those who were fans of MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME or SUMMER DAYS AND SUMMER NIGHTS (two other anthologies popular in the young adult community). I’m sure anyone can find interest in this collection whether it be from the characters or even the intriguing mini-plots that they go on to find out what first chances can hold for them.

Reviewed by Taylor F., Teen Board Member on January 29, 2018

Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet
by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Dhonielle Clayton, Katie Cotugno, Jocelyn Davies, Huntley Fitzpatrick, Nina LaCour, Emery Lord, Katharine McGee, Kass Morgan, Julie Murphy, Meredith Russo, Sara Shepard, Nicola Yoon, and Ibi Zoboi