Annike: Hey guys! It’s been ages since I’ve posted a review because this month has been a really slow reading month for me. I did however get to Meet Cute by a number of other YA authors. I mainly wanted to read this one because I find short stories so interesting and a number of the authors I had read works of before such as: Emery Lord, Kass Morgan, Meredith Russo, Julie Murphy and of course Jennifer L. Armentrout. So today I decided to do a 14 little mini reviews and ratings on each of the stories, so here we go!
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.
I really liked the way this one was written. It was really unique – and super interesting how Katie Cotungo made her audience the main character, ‘Hailey’ and used the ‘you’ pronoun to make us feel more involved. I don’t think I liked the characters as much as I would have liked plus I think the whole cheating thing was too cavalier. Despite that, I did really enjoy the way that Hailey’s back story was addressed and we were kept in the dark about it for a majority of the story.
Print Shop – 4 stars
This story was actually way more enjoyable than I first thought. I don’t think I liked the relationship as much as it seemed rather under developed but I really loved Evie and all the other secondary characters. The story followed a girl who started working in an old fashioned print shop and found herself in between some heated customers who needed their prints. It was incredible individual and yeah, really sweet read.
Hourglass by Ibi Zoboi – 2 stars
I didn’t like this one as much as the other ones, maybe because it was just so short and I feel like nothing really happened or maybe I didn’t like the characters as much – but nonetheless I couldn’t get into it very much. The ‘meet cute’ is like a last 3 pages kind of thing so the rest of the story focuses on a black girl in a small town who is desperate to get out of there. I think it raised some important issues about body image and confidence but didn’t really resonate with me so much.
Click by Katharine Mcgee – 4 stars
This story was set in New York, 2020 and involved a futuristic dating site called ‘Click’ that apparently used complicated algorithms to determine people most compatible for each other. The story was in both Alexa and Raden’s perspectives and I loved both of them as characters. I don’t think the dialogue was so strong in this one – a little cheesy for me – but the plot and characters were cute and enjoyable 🙂
The Intern by Sara Shepard – 2 stars
This story was really out of the blue for me. It didn’t really seem to be going anywhere. Clara was a girl who had recently lost her mum and was working at her Dad’s record label. As part of the job she was asked to escort a musician to a psychic for some reason and they got to know each other from there. Again, I didn’t love the characters and it seemed too much like insta love to me but of course there wasn’t anything to hate about it so it kind of falls into the ‘eh’ category.
Somewhere That’s Green by Meredith Russo – 3 stars
I think my favourite part of the story had to be the diversity in the characters. Nia is a transgender girl who is fighting for her rights to use female bathrooms at her school and Lexie is one of the students petitioning against this. Of course you can probably guess what happens next. I don’t think I really loved any of the characters in this one – maybe Lucien – but it was pretty cute I guess, nothing especially exceptional.
The Way We Love Here by Dhonielle Clayton – 2 stars
Okay this story was just really confusing to me. It was a bit of a dystopian/utopian world where people were matched with their ‘soulmate’ at birth etc etc. I really didn’t like the storyline, it didn’t really go anywhere but I did quite like Sebastian, he was really quirky and wanted more from life. Again, I don’t think the writing was anything special but an okay read.
Oomph by Emery Lord – 5 stars
Okay, this was the story I was waiting for. I love Emery Lord, I’ve read a number of her books and they are always adorable. Cassidy and Jo had so much chemistry, they met at an airport and were joking in a line before meeting up again later. Their dialogue was really engaging and the story was obviously well written so definitely my favourite on the whole.
The Dictionary of You and Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout – 4.5 stars
This story was probably a close second for my favourite one, and like Emery Lord I have read some other Jennifer L. Armentrout books and really loved them. I think The Dictionary of You and Me takes the crown for the ‘cutest meet cute’. I thought it was adorable having the characters be talking over the phone while Moss was waiting for the mystery boy to return a library book. It was pretty short so I didn’t feel as much for the characters as I would have liked but definitely still a sweet one.
The Unlikelihood of Falling in Love by Jocelyn Davies – 4 stars
Again, I did really like this story, it was sweet and unique and had a very strong character voice which was really necessary since the stories are so short. Basically, Sam is a total math geek and doing a project on the likelihood of seeing a boy she saw one morning on the train and couldn’t help but notice. The ending was adorable and there was a pretty good range of likeable characters.
259 Million Miles by Kass Morgan – 3 stars
I’ve read Kass Morgan’s The 100 series so I guess I was expecting something a little sci-fi which is kind of applicable in this story. The premise is basically about a boy called Philip in one of the latest rounds for a one way ticket to mars. As a test for the trip, he and another applicant called Blythe have to spend 24 hours in isolation to test their aptitudes and all that. I liked the characters in the story and the plot was pretty unique but I think the ending might have ruined it a bit there – kind of anticlimactic.
Something Real by Julie Murphy – 2.5 stars
I found this story a little bit weird. Two girls – June and Martha – are competing for a date with a famous teenager. Instead, they find themselves drawn to each other more and develop a quiet kind of relationship during their filming. It all seemed a little instal-love to me and not only did I not really love the characters but the plot was pretty bland too.
Say Everything by Huntley Fitzpatrick – 2 stars
Again, I found this story super confusing and with very little storyline. Going back to it I can hardly remember what it is about but from what I can gather it is about a Sean and Emma, and Sean’s dad who screwed over Emma’s family and took their house. Sean takes an unsuspecting Emma back to that house to reminisce and yeah there isn’t much more to it than that. It is written in 2nd person which is interesting but I think it worked for the story. Other than that I was a bit underwhelmed.
The Department of Dead Love by Nicola Yoon – 4 stars
This story has one of the most interesting plots. It’s all about this utopian society containing a campus called the Department of Dead Love, in which there are buildings for specific love troubles (breakups, unrequited love, young love) in which people go to for counselling and the like to sort out their ‘issues’. The story revolves around Thomas who is trying to get his memory reset following a breakup with his childhood best friend but while he is there he meets another girl he might have a chance with. It might sound a bit confusing but I did really like this one, it was really cool to read about and very well thought out. The love interest wasn’t my favourite but other aspects made up for that.
Overall Rating: 3.2/5
So yeah, I think this book had some really good moments and then some not so good ones. Despite that, it is a really cute, fast read that kept me excited and I would say it’s worth it even if there are only a few stories you really enjoy. If you’ve read this one let me know what you thought about it! And we’ll back back later in the week with something new. Bye!