Book Review: Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet by Jennifer L. Armentrout et al

 I dislike this cover intensely

I dislike this cover intensely

Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet
By by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Sona Charaipotra, Dhonielle Clayton, Katie Cotugno, Jocelyn Davies, Nina LaCour, Emery Lord, Katharine McGee, Kass Morgan, Meredith Russo, Sara Shepard, Nicola Yoon, Ibi Zoboi, Julie Murphy
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Series: no
Published: January 2nd 2018
Rating: All the cutes

I am late on this one. I had it preordered but I only just got around to it. My friend Gabrielle kept texting me about her love for it and reignited my interest in it. Life Hack: become friends with a librarian. 
Also: All women authors and very diverse in terms of race, sexuality, setting, and genre. 

Siege Etiquette By Katie Cotugno

This was one of the more unique stories in the collection. The second person can be really tricky, but I think that it worked here. The main character, Hailey, is sort of a recovering Mean Girl, and the second person narration helps you to immediately place yourself in the shoes of a rather unlikable character and understand her. I am going to be looking for more of Katie Cotugno's writing because this was an excellent first impression.

Print Shop By Nina LeCour

I always have high hopes for Nina LeCours stuff. I am convinced that I will like it. Then I don't. I loved the setting and the secondary characters in this story. The description of the print shop in particular really makes you feel as if you are standing there. The whole premise of a teenager bringing a traditional print shop into the modern world with Twitter is an awesome idea. The romance? Meh. I didn't care. I can see that Nina's writing is strong. It just might not be for me.

Hourglass By Ibi Zoboi

Cherish is trying to recover from breaking up with her best friend and learns to see her own unique beauty. She also happens to be over six foot five and black which makes her stand out more than a little in her very white small town. What I most appreciated about this story is that it is just as much about meeting the best version of yourself as it is about meeting someone in the romantic sense. 

Everyone is always telling my generation that we aren’t going to know how to engage with people. We’re all going to end up with computer chips implanted in our brains and screens stuck in our eyes like contact lenses. But no one gives us any solutions, so I decided to find my own.

Click By Katherine McGee

This might be my favorite story in the whole collection. The concept, as my friend Gabrielle pointed out, is a bit like something out of Black Mirror. It was just an enough of a close and possible future to be both familiar and a bit creepy. Two teenagers meet up for a date set up by an app that matches you 99% to another person but ends up rushing around the city instead. I ship this love story hard. I want a whole book. I have The Thousandth Floor but haven't read it yet, but now that I know what McGee can do I am going to be reading that next(ish). Also more cerebal STEM girls, please.

The Intern By Sara Shepard

A girl whose wealthy father owns a thousand companies decides to intern at his record label where she is put in charge of dealing with a teenage stars whims. This story breaks two hard and fast rules for me: 1) one of the MC is famous 2) one of the main characters is weirdly rich. Having said that Phineas manages to be sweet and quirky enough for me to overlook the fame thing and Clara's father's money doesn't come into the story much. It was cute enough but I had to look back in the book to remember ANYTHING about the story.  Total black. Good but not memorable.

Somewhere That’s Green By Meredith Russo

This story is about a trans girl who is struggling to get the bathroom and changing room accommodations that she needs to participate in school and a girl whose religious parents are heading the ridiculous protests against her. I find Meredith Russo's writing to be a bit rough around the edges, but she brings such a unique voice and perspective to YA that I have and will continue to read and enjoy her stuff. 

The Way We Love Here By Dhonielle Clayton

In the future love is marked on your hands and you spend your time waiting for your match. Viola isn't sure she wants love to happen to her. Dhonielle Clayton is a master of lush descriptive writing. You can feel the sand under your feet, smell the salt of the air, and feel the marks on the characters hands change. Also: yay for an Asian love interest. This was one of the best stories in the book. Points for the Twelfth Night reference.

Oomph by Emery Lord

Am I sucker for a travel love story? Yes. Yes, I am. Cass is returning home after visiting NYU but meets a girl as she is delayed at the airport.  This. This is the adorable f/f love story that I have been looking for. Why is it so hard to find these? I have been rotating f/f into my reading rotation and have been consistently disappointed. So much angst.  But this story was sweet and funny and heartfelt, and I want a thousand more like it.

The Dictionary Of You And Me By Jennifer L. Armentrout

Moss is a library aid who has been calling the same patron every week in an attempt to get one of the libraries dictionaries back from him. Can I have more love stories that revolve around books in some way? Please. This is my personal catnip. It makes me giddy with happiness every time.  To make it even cuter? Christmas themed!  Ermahgerd!

The Unlikely Likelihood Of Falling In Love By Jocelyn Davies

Samara takes on love at first sight on the NYC subways system as her statistic project with adorable results. This was a complete surprise. I have never heard of Jocelyn Davies, and I just looked up her books on Goodreads, and I haven't ever even seen their covers before. This is not something that happens to me often, and the fact that this was one of the most delightful stories of the collection made the surprise all the sweeter. 

259 Million Miles By Kass Morgan

Two teens meet while interviewing for the chance to colonize Mars. I swear I have read this before. Or something else with a weirdly similar premise? I, of course, was completely distracted by that thought throughout the story so I was never able to get entirely into it. And sci-fi isn't my favorite. Nothing wrong with the story or the writing just personal preference.

Something Real By Julie Murphy

June is a normal girl who just happened to have started a fansite about a pop star and somehow ends up completing on reality television for a date with him. She is against another girl, the adorable Martha and things get strange. I'm sorry, Julie Murphy but you had me at matte coral blush. There is something about the sharp and ever so slightly mean-spirited characters that she writes. I am not sure that I would want to be friends with them, but I definitely enjoy reading about them. Reality TV creeps me out, and this story in no way helped me get over that. Much cute though and I love how it managed to subvert my expectations.

Say Everything By Huntley Fitzpatrick

Emma is waitressing when a regular customer (who happens to be a teenage boy) offers to take her out with unexpected results.  I love the delicacy and softness of Huntley Fitzpatrick's writing. She is so good at writing that dreamy and emotional place that feels like the platonic ideal of Young Love. So many emotions! The use of second-person narration makes this story very intimate.

The Department Of Dead Love by Nocola Yoon

I am not going to say too much about the plot because I don't want to give too much away. Thomas is looking for answers about the end of his relationship in what is basically a futuristic DMV of emotions. The premise sounds a bit silly but feels anything but. This is one of the more emotional stories in the collection. 

I loved this book. I want more. There needs to be a second, third, fourth version... Things better be in the works because I have book needs!

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.