Book Review: Meet Cute by Various Authors

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. 


Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance


320 pages




January 2nd, 2018




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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.


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!


4 out of 5 Stars

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