Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet

Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet

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 Twe...

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Title:Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet
Author:Jennifer L. Armentrout
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Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet Reviews

  • Lala BooksandLala

    SIEGE ETIQUETTE by KATIE COTUGNO

    4 stars

    PRINT SHOP by NINA LACOUR

    3 stars

    HOURGLASS by IBI ZOBOI

    4.5 stars

    CLICK by KATHERINE MCGEE

    5 stars

    THE INTERN by SARA SHEPARD

    2 stars

    SOMEWHERE THAT'S GREEN by MEREDITH RUSSO

    3 stars

    THE WAY WE LOVE HERE by DHONIELLE CLAYTON

    3.5 stars

    OOMPH by EMERY LORD

    5 stars

    THE DICTIONARY OF YOU AND ME by JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT

    2 stars

    THE UNLIKELY LIKELIHOOD OF FALLING IN LOVE by JOCELYN DAVIES

    4 stars

    259 MILLION MILES by KASS MORGAN

    4 stars

    SOMETHING REAL by JULIE MURPHY

    2 stars

    SAY

    SIEGE ETIQUETTE by KATIE COTUGNO

    4 stars

    PRINT SHOP by NINA LACOUR

    3 stars

    HOURGLASS by IBI ZOBOI

    4.5 stars

    CLICK by KATHERINE MCGEE

    5 stars

    THE INTERN by SARA SHEPARD

    2 stars

    SOMEWHERE THAT'S GREEN by MEREDITH RUSSO

    3 stars

    THE WAY WE LOVE HERE by DHONIELLE CLAYTON

    3.5 stars

    OOMPH by EMERY LORD

    5 stars

    THE DICTIONARY OF YOU AND ME by JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT

    2 stars

    THE UNLIKELY LIKELIHOOD OF FALLING IN LOVE by JOCELYN DAVIES

    4 stars

    259 MILLION MILES by KASS MORGAN

    4 stars

    SOMETHING REAL by JULIE MURPHY

    2 stars

    SAY EVERYTHING by HUNTLEY FITZPATRICK

    1 stars

    THE DEPARTMENT OF DEAD LOVE by NICOLA YOON

    3.5 stars

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    so it turns out love is a real and not fake thing that exists!! who knew? I certainly did not!

    It might be sort of horribly ironic that I rated almost half these stories a very mixed and very mediocre three stars. BUT there were some super great standouts, hm? Some that might… I don’t know… warrant buying this entire collection?

    Okay.

    was fantastic and important and so worth the read.

    is the Cutest thing I have ever read.

    so it turns out love is a real and not fake thing that exists!! who knew? I certainly did not!

    It might be sort of horribly ironic that I rated almost half these stories a very mixed and very mediocre three stars. BUT there were some super great standouts, hm? Some that might… I don’t know… warrant buying this entire collection?

    Okay.

    was fantastic and important and so worth the read.

    is the Cutest thing I have ever read.

    was sort of shockingly adorable. And

    was so thoughtful and creative, I never wanted it to end. If you’re looking for some other clever stories, look to Nina LaCour’s aestheticy

    , Dhonielle Clayton’s different

    , or Julie Murphy’s sweet

    .

    But first, let me be totally honest:

    Four five stars, two four stars, six three stars, one two, one one, for an average raiting of - get this - exactly a 3.5 star. So overall a pretty decent anthology? I wish a few of the threes had been edited just a bit more, because I think a bunch of them could have been so great! But oh well. Let’s get into the stories!

    Also, because Apple hates me, I'll be using this flag 🇸🇱 to denote lead sapphic characters - that is basically the only sort of lgbtq diversity we got in this anthology, aside from literally One sapphic trans girl, which is kind of sad - and ☀️ to denote lead characters of color!! thank you for reading My In Depth Opinions and not allowing me to just yell into the interwebs, without further ado:

    ← ★★★☆☆

    Slightly unlikeable narrator who I ended up empathizing with. Clever reveal halfway through the story that I didn’t see coming. Unfortunately, a completely forgettable meet-cute involving cheating.

    ← ★★★★☆ 🇸🇱☀️

    This was so soft! Beautiful intro and outro really elevate this story. Evie and Lauren’s interactions are brief, but so freaking adorable.

    ← ★★★☆☆ ☀️

    Dark-skinned and large-bodied lead character Cherish has a freaking awesome character arc, but the meet cute itself here is basically the last page of the story. Best friend Stacy is just… such an asshole, which is hard to handle when their drama is played off.

    And perhaps worst of all, the writing is just not good.

    ← ★★★☆☆

    Alexa and Raden meet on a date where they’ve been perfectly matched. This was sweet but nothing that actually stood out? Also, I think my utter hatred for something this author once wrote has kind of ruined her for me. Whoops.

    ← ★★☆☆☆

    Intern Clara meets pop star Phineas and has a weird and not-built-up date with him. Well, okay, first of all, none of the emotional punches the story goes for are actually earned so it just feels… random. Did anyone notice of the first FIVE stories, THREE are about the death of a family member? And jesus, this celebrity x intern thing is really so boring now.

    ← ★★★★★ 🇸🇱

    Out trans girl Nia has been awarded a petition to use the correct bathroom. Closeted Lexie petitions the school to take it back… and then realizes she’s doing it for her parents. Listen, this would’ve been so easy a concept to fuck up, but this story gets it right, never excusing Lexie’s actions but also giving her a decent amount of narrative sympathy. Nia is written fantastically – this is actually #ownvoices for trans rep! – and was such a compelling and awesome character. Also the ending of this was so fucking iconic!! This was basically perfect and I’m reading everything this author ever writes now.

    ← ★★★☆☆ ☀️

    The most positive of all my three-star ratings. Scared-of-love Viola meets cute guy Sebastian on an island where everyone has soulmate bands. Viola’s character totally made this story for me – she’s such a compelling protagonist. And I’m always a slut for good fate stories. Love the Twelfth Night reference, but why did it have to be to two siblings from that play? Why would you do this @ Dhonielle Clayton I need an answer

    ← ★★★★★ 🇸🇱

    Peggy Carter and Natasha Romanoff meet in an airport and flirt their way through a flight delay. This is literally the purest thing I’ve read in my fucking life? Hilarious banter + compelling characters = happy me. I literally want to read a full novel about these two girls. They’re SO CUTE. AND PERFECT. This feels like a Hayley Kiyoko song.

    ← ★★★☆☆

    Library volunteer Moss tries to get a boy to return an overdue dictionary. I thought this was sort of sweet, but I really cannot deny that it the banter is

    badly written. Good flirting is really hard to write, but here’s a tip - don’t mention your characters laughing at things that are not really that funny. IT’S FUNNIER WHEN THEY DON’T LAUGH. I actually think this might’ve been higher if not for how fantastic

    ’s banter was, but my standards were moved too high? Yikes?

    ← ★★★★★ ☀️

    Logic girl Sam tries to calculate the possibility of seeing a boy on the passing train again. IM GOING TO SCREAM AT HOW CUTE THIS WAS. None of you can ever understand how fucking cute? And sweet? And Good? This was? And it was so well-written! The author really knows how to drop in humor and leave it there rather than trying to force laughs.

    ← ★★★☆☆

    Oh wow, I was sort of expecting this to be shit? This follows Philip and Blythe, a boy and a girl stuck in a locked room for 24 hours to evaluate personality. Okay, this story works because the 1) the concept is great, 2) the stakes are really high, and 3) the dialogue is actually sort of decent. The lead female character is a total manic pixie dream girl, because we only have two male protagonists in this whole damn book, so at least one of the female romantic interests has to lack personality! But I weirdly got vaguely invested in the couple, which… wow? And yes, it was a little bittersweet, but I actually ended up liking how this story ended.

    ← ★★★★☆ 🇸🇱☀️

    I LOVE LOVE. This has basically the best concept ever, in which two girls competing for a dating show end up falling in love, and I totally wish it had been a full-length novel. I would read 2000 more pages of June and Martha going on dates. And I laughed out loud multiple times.

    ← ★☆☆☆☆

    A guy asks a girl out at a diner while she is working as a waitress. What an asshole, right? There is so much that is terrible about this story. The meet-cute is so woefully unromantic. The dialogue is so embarassingly generic. The portrayal of sudden poverty is so completely tropey and overblown and just… nah. The second person is awkward. And our big, fucking romantic hero reads as pretty creepy.

    ← ★★★★★ ☀️

    This story made me feel like the most fake deep person in the whole world. But in a good way? A recent breakup victim tries to go through love departments to do over his relationship... until he meets a girl working at one of the departments. The worldbuilding of this one is definitely the focus, but honestly, I am occasionally a sucker for brilliant concept work. I

    wish this could be a full book. and this story also contains my favorite quote from the anthology:

    Yeah. In case you didn't notice, I really liked this collection.

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  • Heather 'Bookables'

    4.5

    LOVED this! Definitely one of my new favorite YA anthologies! There were 4 stories in this collection I gave 5 stars to!

    Such an adorable, diverse and fun read!

    * I will be filming a review on this where I tell you my individual ratings for each story which I will then post to here!*

  • Nat

    Sometimes I just need to get sucked into a feel-good story and stay there until I'm finished. Thankfully, I accomplished just that with this anthology full of short bursts of sweetness with meet-cutes, butterflies, first impressions, and so much more.

    Just some of my personal memorable stories from the book:

    • Nina LaCour's

    :

    Funnily enough, this story opens with our main character, Evie, receiving her first job where she's set to develop an online presence for a print shop she cho

    Sometimes I just need to get sucked into a feel-good story and stay there until I'm finished. Thankfully, I accomplished just that with this anthology full of short bursts of sweetness with meet-cutes, butterflies, first impressions, and so much more.

    Just some of my personal memorable stories from the book:

    • Nina LaCour's

    :

    Funnily enough, this story opens with our main character, Evie, receiving her first job where she's set to develop an online presence for a print shop she chose mainly for its

    of computers. I loved how we got such a solid grip on the atmosphere of the shop and the people working there, like, I could smell the air engulfing Evie the minute she walked in, similar to what I mentioned in my review for LaCour's 

    . I especially cherished Neve, who's eight months pregnant and doesn't care to overshare:

    Weirdly relieved when I read that last sentence and realized how everyone desperately tries to erase that image in their head.

    But things really get going when Evie receives a cranky customers service tweet, demanding justice be served to Principal Hope not principle hope.

    • Dhonielle Clayton's 

    :

    The blurb describing this as a predestined tale of love had me thinking it would lead to a bunch of sappy one-liners about the greatness of romance, but in all actuality, I was surprised for the better thanks to the characters' self-deprecating humor and eerily relatable overthinking thoughts.

    We then receive this rare opportunity to look into Vio and Sebastien's future lives together, which reminded me of another similar short story from a #LoveOzYA Anthology that I absolutely adored last year: 

    by Will Kostakis. 

    ,

    • Jennifer L. Armentrout's 

    :

    Following Moss's ongoing mission at the library to retrieve the way-overdue dictionary from a certain H. Smith.

    Interestingly enough, the ongoing flirting and bantering that took place between the two over the phone was put a little on the back burner for me as I had a magical time living vicariously through her to see what a job at the library would entail. Swoon.

    But that's not to say that I wasn't left with a megawatt smile on my face upon reading their amusing conversations as well.

    because you

    I'm a sucker for smooth talkers in books.

    by Jocelyn Davies:

    I wasn't expecting to like this one as much as I did because I rarely if ever appreciate "love at first sight" stories. But Jocelyn Davies took an interesting spin on this trope.

    The reason I cherished this tale was mainly that I saw so much of myself exposed within the main character. As I once read somewhere (and I'm desperately wishing I remembered the source here): There's something completely indescribable about reading someone's story and being able to see some of yours in it. Like, her calculating the chances of meeting the cute boy she randomly passed on her morning route is all too relatable to me.

    This right here is my two inner voices arguing on paper.

    And this next passage then captures that moment of trying to comfort yourself that it's for the best if you never see him again:

    But once in a blue moon, the universe (or the author of a story) has something bigger in store and all we can do is wait. I wasn't expecting to feel this seen with this anthology but I'm glad I was.

    • Julie Murphy's 

    :

    Entertaining reality TV told through short fiction? Yes, please!

    follows our main character, June Smith, as she's going through the trials of entering a reality dating show contest with her favorite singer Dylan as the "prize."

    At the heart of it all, though, is a story of fandom, girls supporting girls, and connection.

    to

    It was also just dizzyingly and irresistibly enjoying to read.This is reality TV at its peak. The author said it best when she talked about June's competitor, Martha:

    I'm glad that what I was feeling was conveyed on paper, but it made me laugh when I remembered

    :

    On that note, I have one last story I want to mention which is Nicola Yoon's

    There's a question she posed in it that I found radically important to know the answer to. It goes as follows:

    is

    And Yoon did not disappoint in her theory:

    Overall, upon completing each story, I had an insurmountable amount of fun revisiting the words of some of my favorite YA authors. As well as trying to guess which couple was being featured on the cover.

    Lastly, I'd like to feature the theme song playing in the back of mind throughout this anthology performed by the one and only

    .

    ,

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  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)

    Average rating: 3.2/5

    My rating: 3/5

    This had such high points and low points, which is exactly how I feel after every single anthology I read. I think the concept of this whole collection was nice, but I would have liked a couple more stories from male perspectives - and a m/m story perhaps? Don't get me wrong, I loved how many f/f stories were in this, but I think it could have benefited from some other narrators. But let's get into my specific feelings on all 14 stories.

    Breakdown of the stories

    Average rating: 3.2/5

    My rating: 3/5

    This had such high points and low points, which is exactly how I feel after every single anthology I read. I think the concept of this whole collection was nice, but I would have liked a couple more stories from male perspectives - and a m/m story perhaps? Don't get me wrong, I loved how many f/f stories were in this, but I think it could have benefited from some other narrators. But let's get into my specific feelings on all 14 stories.

    Breakdown of the stories:

    Siege Etiquette by Katie Cotugno - 2/5

    A very odd way to start the collection. I think the second person was a bit strange, but I adjusted. However, there was a very cavalier use of cheating that definitely didn't endear me to the characters.

    Print Shop by Nina LaCour - 3.5/5

    I will always adore Nina's writing. This had a very cute, romance vibe, which is exactly what I was looking for in this collection. It was nice to see a super rom com set up for two girls falling in love (in this instance, falling for each other over Twitter in the midst of customer service frustrations). The POV shift was a bit strange, but still an overall solid story.

    Hourglass by Ibi Zoboi - 3/5

    I thought this did a great job of tackling issues like body image, coming from a poor family, and college prep, but I felt like the best friend relationship was very lackluster in how it was dealt with. Also, the meet cute itself left me wanting more.

    Click by Katharine McGee - 4/5

    Such a cute story. I may have been in a particular mood for reading this, considering I had just barely watched the "Don't Hang the DJ" episode of

    , but I felt like the dating app aspect worked perfectly. Also, a big fan of the split POV. It definitely helped me to know BOTH of the characters more, and to feel more invested in their meet cute.

    The Intern by Sara Shepard - 3/5

    This was cute, but overall just rushed. I felt like none of the emotional punches were really earned, because I didn't get enough of a chance to know the characters and be impacted by the things they had gone through. The relationship also felt very rushed.

    Somewhere That's Green by Meredith Russo - 4/5

    I loved this story, and I love Meredith Russo. This was f/f, and it was also split POV. One of the POV characters was a trans girl, and the other was a closeted lesbian, and they both wind up being cast in their high school production of

    . This tackles some huge stuff, especially transphobia, but I thought it did it all beautifully and also managed to fit in a wonderful meet cute. It's possible I was even more charmed by this considering my sister is currently in her school's production of

    , but it is what it is.

    The Way We Love Here by Dhonielle Clayton - 4/5

    This has a really magical vibe and I enjoyed that aspect. I think there is a huge amount of skill involved in worldbuilding within a short story, which Dhonielle absolutely pulled off. This covers years and years of a relationship, and it doesn't feel rushed or forced in any way, which is so impressive.

    Oomph by Emery Lord - 5/5

    CLEARLY my favorite of the entire collection. This was perfect in every way. Give me a full novel about these two amazing girls meeting in an airport and falling for each other, seriously. I have never read anything by Emery Lord before, but I will definitely be checking out more of her books after reading this.

    The Dictionary of You and Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout - 2/5

    I think my overall review of this was that I just didn't care? I didn't care about the characters, the story, the stakes, etc. I spent most of the time rolling my eyes. It was a stumbling block in the middle of a really solid run of stories and I just didn't care for it.

    The Unlikely Likelihood of Falling in Love by Jocelyn Davies - 3.5/5

    This was absolutely ridiculous, but I was still super charmed by it. I mean the concept - seeing someone on the subway and falling instantly in love, then using an AP statistics assignment to track them down again - is absurd, but I loved the way it was written. I don't know how this one got me, but it did.

    259 Million Miles by Kass Morgan - 2/5

    This was the first story to have a solely male POV, and I really wish it had been stronger. I think this tried to tackle way too much in a limited amount of space, and the love interest was laughably one-dimensional. Also, with how this ended, I don't know if I would really consider this a meet cute?

    Something Real by Julie Murphy - 3.5/5

    I'm giving out huge points to a great concept right here. I mean, it was solid. I thought it tried a little too hard with the emotional stuff near the beginning, but by the end I was grinning ear to ear.

    Say Everything by Huntley Fitzpatrick - 2/5

    I read this earlier today and I've already forgotten what it was even about... Yikes, let me go look back at it. Ah, yes. Ok, this one tried to tackle like a hundred deep, emotional issues, and I don't think it really managed any of them well. It was a really bizarre concept that I don't really think worked. And, apparently, it's a bit forgettable.

    The Department of Dead Love by Nicola Yoon - 3/5

    I thought the worldbuilding of this was absolutely incredible. If you want to know what it takes to build a totally new world in the space of a short story, I recommend checking this out. However, I think the relationship itself was a little weak. This is the only other story with a solely male POV, but I just wasn't very invested in him or the new relationship that was happening.

    And that's it, those are my thoughts on

    . If you like anthologies, I think this is a pretty solid, standard YA anthology, but expect the highs with the lows. My favorite aspect of this book was the diversity, and the sheer number of f/f stories. It was really appreciated, especially in an anthology like this where it was just cute and romantic and simple. Ladies falling in love don't usually get that sort of story in mainstream YA, and I loved how many got the chance to in this collection.

    *Thanks to the publishers who provided me with a copy of this book through Netgalley*

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