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.
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Jennifer L. Armentrout (Lux series), Dhonielle Clayton (Tiny Pretty Things), Katie Cotugno (99 Days), Jocelyn Davies (The Odds of Lightning), Huntley Fitzpatrick (My Life Next Door), Nina LaCour (Hold Still), Emery Lord (When We Collided), Katharine McGee (The Thousandth Floor), Kass Morgan (the 100 series), Julie Murphy (Dumplin’), Meredith Russo (If I Was Your Girl), Sara Shepard (Pretty Little Liars), Nicola Yoon (Everything, Everything), and Ibi Zoboi (American Street).
Table of Contents
Siege Etiquette Katie Cotugno
Print Shop Nina LaCour
Hourglass Ibi Zoboi
Click Katharine McGee
The Intern Sara Shepard
Somewhere that's Green Meredith Russo
The Way We Love Here Dhonielle Clayton
Oomph Emery Lord
The Dictionary of You and Me Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Unlikely Likelihood of Falling in Love Jocelyn Davies
259 Million Miles Kass Morgan
Something Real Julie Murphy
Say Everything Huntley Fitzpatrick
The Department of Dead Love Nicola Yoon
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Meet Cute was my first book of the year and I think it was perfect because each story brought ideas to my head about the type of book that I hope to read this year because each story is so different, with rich characters that made me want to know more about them after finishing the short story. I enjoyed every single one, some more than others but in all is a great book with original meet cute stories that is going to make you wish some of them were full length books.
This was such a fun book and I am so glad that I bought it. I am a hopeless romantic person and I love hearing stories of how people met and how people got together. Hell, I love telling the story of how me and my boyfriend met because it’s silly and dorky and it took 7 years after that for us to get together from there. How we met stories are cute and this whole book is chock full of them! I absolutely loved Nina Lacour’s story about the print shop. She really writes two girls in love so well and she did a great job with this short story. Plus it made me really want to work in an old school print shop. Meredith Russo wrote an incredible story about a transgender girl, about becoming who she is and about wanting to use the bathroom of her gender and helping another girl realize her own sexuality. Emery Lord’s airport story with two girls was super fun and adorable. I found Katie Cotugno’s to be a little flat and predictable, didn’t feel out of the box to me. I also didn’t super love Huntley Fitzpatrick’s either. Those two surprised me because I love both authors’ contemporary novels. Kass Morgan’s story about the two teens vying for a spot on the Mars mission was bittersweet and it also reminded me of Alexandra Monir’s newest release. Jocelyn Davies had a seriously fun story of combining mathematics and probability with chance meeting. I really liked that one. Julie Murphy’s win a date story was super fun as well, but I think I started getting biased for lesbian love stories and it was done so well! Nicola Yoon’s story reminded me of the movie, Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind but slightly different and it was so interesting. Like Katherine’s story (which I discuss below), the concept was intriguing and I found myself wishing that it was an entire novel. Katherine Magee’s story about Clicked, the app that finds you your most perfect match might have been my favorite, it was such an interesting concept. It was more than just Match or OKCupid, it was supposed to find your most perfect match and I loved that the two characters matched well in life but ended up on the wrong dates. One, it was adorable and two, it was a really cool concept, whether compatibility could be broken down scientifically. Of course, my favorite of the book – I don’t know how I was even surprised by it – was Jennifer Armentrout. The main character worked at a library and fell for a mysterious guy over the phone who didn’t want to return the old dictionary he’d borrowed. It was witty and cute and any bookworm wants to fall in love in some way involving books. Plus there was a reference to zapata and how the word derived from Emiliano Zapata, who was my high school mascot and I had a soft spot for that! All in all, I loved this anthology and would thoroughly recommend it!
This was the perfect way to start off 2018! I know 2017 was a rough year for many people, myself included, so to help with the changes I let myself get sucked into many different love stories — one of my favorites to read. Here are some initial thoughts on Goodreads: First read of the year! It was sweet and quite lovely to read each story. I love the anthology format because of the natural stopping points. Now my high expectations with romance make even more sense! It’s true that I have a few high expectations with love! I read so many perfect love stories that somehow come together in the end that I can’t help but want a little piece of it for myself, is that too much to ask for?! However, I do realize that these are fictional stories not bound by the conventions of the real world (fortunately anything can happen here). One of my favorite stories by far was Nicola Yoon’s story about a Relationship Doctor and a Client. The main character is an expert in heartbreak and she works for the institution of love as a specialist in heartbreaks and detecting how they happen. You can imagine what comes next. I honestly want this one to become a full-length novel. It sounds like a beautiful world that could be built from this little beginning here. Think Love Charms and Other Catastrophes by Kimberly Karalius but a shorter story and written by the wonderful Nicola Yoon. Another wonderful story in this book was Jennifer Armentrout’s! I love the idea of meeting my s/o in a bookish setting and the library hits the nail right on the head. I can’t get over how beautiful and perfect it all came together. It was pretty zazzy in my opinion This gave me the perfect feel good vibes that I wanted. The natural breaks between stories made it easy to read in spurts. I wish they were all longer — I want to know what happens to our heroes!! Definitely pick this one up if you’re looking for a little romance or to renew your belief in that L-word. Happy reading, Sophie
Super, super cute. I enjoyed most of these stories. Emery Lord's, Nicola Yoon's, Julie Murphy's, Nina LaCour's, Jocelyn Davies's, and Meredith Russo's were my personal favorites, but this whole book made me smile.
It took me a bit to get into the stories, there were a few at the beginning that didn't really hit the "cute" part of the phrase "meet cute" in my opinion. But as I got going, so many of the later stories won me over. A few of the stories were done in second person, which isn't always a favorite of mine. Like the Imagines book, I couldn't get that far in. But then others in here that tried that point of view, did work. I got to read something by Dhonielle Clayton, getting me ready to read her book The Belles soon. I have to admit though, the first book that left me grinning like an idiot was Armentrout's story. Of course it had to do with a library, so it was totally the nerdy girl type of story I love. That was totally what I consider a "meet cute". Then I also loved the story that took place on a subway, seeing the perfect guy on the subway train that was crossing the opposite way, and then having the girl use it as a project for her statistics class, it was just so cute! The book had a variety of stories, not all were necessarily just contemporary romance, there were several LGBTQ stories as well. And I will say, that even though a few of the stories were not my cup of tea, all of them were very well written. I will be purchasing this one for my school library for sure.
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet by various authors Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers Publication Date: January 2, 2018 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley 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. What I Liked: If you know one thing about me, it is that I love a good romance. I am a huge fan of romance, and I am such a hopeless romantic. When I first heard about this book, I knew I needed to read it. Meet cute moments are amazing and I live for them! If you want to read about a meet cute of my own, check out #ManBunGuy on Twitter (and look for my updates -- @Alyssa_Susanna). Not that I'm dating the guy - but it's still an adorable meet cute. It would have made an amazing addition to this anthology. ANYWAY. I really like meet cutes and adorable beginnings to romances so this anthology was right up my alley. Most of these stories were amazing! I'm not usually one of anthologies for one reason: short stories are always too short. I hate feeling like what I read wasn't complete enough! I don't love being left with the feeling of wanting more (but knowing there won't be more). I will say that some of the stories in this anthology definitely left me wanting more; the short stories were based solely on the meet cute moment, and not the aftermath (i.e. going on a date, dating, etc.). BUT this didn't irritate me because the premise of the book is the meet cute moments, and so I knew upfront that the stories would be exclusively about the meet cutes and not the entire romance/love story. This seems like a simple thing but it makes a difference! I'm not going to talk about all of the stories because some of them didn't really stick with me and some of them I didn't really like. For the most part, all of them were interesting and worth the read. But some of them were better than others! Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
I don’t normally read anthologies, but this topic of meet-cutes and all of these fantastic authors, I just couldn’t resist. I read a couple of paragraphs of each story to decide if I wanted to continue. I read all of the stories except 4 of them and the stories that I did read were fantastic. Lots of great characters and clever set ups and representation. Some kissing, but looooooots of sweet moments. My ultimate favorite was JLA’s story that featured a library and an overdue dictionary. Overall, a quick and super cute read. **Huge thanks to HMH Books for Young Readers for providing the arc free of charge**
As a whole, I thought as an anthology it was pretty great. It had a rough start, I definitely would put another story as the first one, but it was worth getting through the ones I didn’t like as much. Speaking of not liking a couple, I was actually surprised by how many I really loved? Going into anthologies, you know that half of them you might not like, but there was actually a good ratio of ones that I enjoyed to the ones I didn’t enjoy. Also, *almost* all of the stories (with the exception of one or two) fit the theme of the anthology, imo, very well (which you wouldn’t think could be a problem, but I have read an anthology where a lot of the stories didn’t fit the theme and I was very disappointed by it). Siege Etiquette by Katie Cotungo: 1/5 ⭐️ I got one sentence into this and was like NOPE. It is in second person, and you couldn’t pay me to force myself to read it. Print Shop by Nina Lacour: 3.5/5 ⭐️ I actually forgot to read this one, so I had to come back and read it. I thought it was ok, my favorite part was that fact that Evie worked in a print shop. I just love when a MC has a job that I have read a MC having before. It is a small thing, but I think it always adds a bit of uniqueness to a story. Hourglass by Ibi Zoboi: 2/5 ⭐️ I felt like the whole thing was a build up to nothing. Also, this one is just not what I was expecting from this anthology. I don’t think it’s a horrible short story, just the whole ‘Meet Cute’ part felt thrown in at the end so it could make it into the anthology. Click by Katherine McGee: 5/5 ⭐️ THIS is what I wanted from this anthology, I absolutely loved this one. It is very hard to convey a story that involves grief when it is so short, but Katherine did a great job of not making it feel like it was just thrown in. I will say though, Alexa is going dow a slippery slope with the data chip, has she not seen Black Mirror? The Intern by Sara Shepard: 4/5 ⭐️ This one had started out good, but than one of the characters had done something that had me thinking “are you really going to do this this for a person you have known for a few hours”. There were also some plot points that you would think would come back up at the end and didn’t which made them feel like they were pointless. Somewhere That’s Green by Meredith Russo: 3.5/5 ⭐️ Something that I really liked about this story was that Lexi made some comments about the bathroom issue, which to a lot of people reading might be the wrong opinion about that issue, but she admitted that she might not be the most informed person when it comes to Transgender issues and that she wanted to learn and her opinions could change upon learning about those issues. The Way We Love Here by Dhonielle Clayton: 3.5/5 ⭐️ By the end I did enjoy this, but the first half was a little weird and confusing. Oomph by Emery Lord: 4.25/5 ⭐️ I honestly don’t have anything to say other than it was super cute. The Dictionary of You and Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout 5/5 ⭐️ I have had bad luck lately with Armentrout books, so my expectations for this one was low, but I was quite pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this. The Unlikely Likelihood of Falling in Love by Jocelyn Davies 5/5 ⭐️ I am very anti love at first sight, so I wasn’t quite on bored with that, but I LOVED everything else. I loved the big part that statistics play in the story, and the ending was so freaking adorable. I am definitely checking out Jocelyn’s books soon. 259 Million Miles by Kass Morgan 4.5/5 ⭐️