Hey guys! I spent a kind of embarrassingly large amount of time today reading this ADORABLE ARC! Meet Cute (pub date Jan 2, 2018) is a collection of short stories from some of today’s most popular YA authors, all about the various sweet and funny ways that couples meet. It has everything, from a pair of girls meeting over a cranky customer service text to a couple seeing each other from separate subway trains.
Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect going into this. I hadn’t really read any short story anthologies before, particularly not YA short stories. But this blew me away. I’ve always loved the concept of love at first sight, the butterflies in your stomach, eyes meeting through a crowded room, feeling sparks when you see their smile. It’s cheesy, I know, but it just gets me every time. And this was an entire book, just of those chance encounters.
I absolutely loved the variety in this book! It felt so well balanced in every way; straight couples, gay couples, trans people, people of color, people of different socioeconomic statuses, and lots of different settings. It encompasses trips to Mars, reality TV, art, computer programming, religion, school, and everything in between. There is quite literally something for everyone in this book.
The romance in this was palpable. I suppose romance is the wrong word because it never got past the first meeting. Chemistry, I suppose. Fate, destiny, love at first sight, whatever you want to call it. You could truly feel it in this book. It felt just like all those tiny crushes, the ones you get on the street, never to see the person again. Just the shared intensity of the moment. That’s what this book felt like to me.
This novel was also an awesome way to experience the writing style of many different authors. For instance, after reading this I definitely want to read Everything, Everything, by Nicola Yoon. I absolutely adored her short story in this collection, an imaginative piece on a clinic for the brokenhearted. After reading it, I knew I loved Nicola Yoon’s writing style and wanted to read more of her works. If you’re interested in exploring the writing style of lots of different authors, this is the place to do it.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this. It gave me that fluttery feeling that you get from a really well-written couple, and I got to fall in love with them over and over again. If you’re looking for some sweet, cute, imaginative stories, look no further.
My final rating- 5/5
Thanks for reading my review and until next time, happy reading 🙂