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.
Synopsis from Goodreads
I don’t normally read short stories, but it I kept seeing this book being posted and talked about so I thought I’d give it a try. And I'm really glad I did! While I don't think I'll ever be a huge fan of short stories themselves, I really enjoyed going through these stories and being introduced to new authors. So while there were some things I still didn't like (see below), overall, I'm happy with this read.
Endings With Minimal Information
This is definitely one of the reasons that I just don't usually enjoy short stories, but I found myself frustrated that after being dropped into these characters lives, I was forced back out without any real ending. I’m not expecting happily ever after for everyone, but some endings felt really abrupt and I constantly felt like I was searching for missing pages. And while I do understand that these stories are meant to introduce us to the cute ways that some people meet, but I found that some stories literally ended after the characters simply make eye contact, and that was incredibly frustrating. In one story, we spend the entire time reading about the protagonist being upset with her friend, and then there is maybe half a page where she meets her love interest...and then the story ended. They barely spoke! I really would have liked more from those tales.
Loved That This Was an Anthology of YA Authors
I thought it was wonderful to get to read stories from so many different authors and it's definitely my favourite thing about this book. Some of these authors I knew previously, but many were new names to me, and that was awesome because now I have a new list of authors to investigate! Each author has a different style and voice, and this collection gives readers a chance to get a taste of each of them before finding more books from the authors they enjoyed. It also forced me to think differently about some authors that I previously read but hadn't enjoy their work; I'm definitely more interested in reading more from all of these YA voices and can't wait to find out what books they've had published.
My favourite short stories from Meet Cute:
All of these stories were fun and give us some really wonderful first meetings -- now if I only I could know about what happens next for these characters! Either way, I'm definitely going to be looking into some new authors!
FINAL RATING: 4/5
Hi, I'm Alexandra! I love reading (largely YA fiction, but sometimes I'll read "adult" books), playing board games, Nutella, and binge-watching TV shows on Netflix with my husband.
Follow Me on Instagram