*ARC RECEIVED FROM NETGALLEY*
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.
'Meet Cute' is an adorable YA anthology full of stories about people when they first fall in love. I've slowly been creeping back into my usual contemporary loving self and this was such a good way to spark my interest back up!
I'll admit right now that I was lazy and didn't take notes during the reading process so I can't guarantee my mini-reviews for each story will be anything more than 'yeah, I liked this one' but is it really an emmanovella review if there's any detail?
I know I'm not usually one to be all 'omg this book is so diverse, amazeeee' and whatnot but I definitely noticed that a lot of these stories featured LGBTQ+ characters (I believe all f/f romance and also one transgirl) as well as a number of POC and different ethnicities!
I believe every author was female (don't quote me on that!) and if I recall we only had one male POV (excluding one or possibly two that had dual perspectives!)
Overall, I enjoyed the stories and my first anthology experience was positive, though I did find it hard to connect and then disconnect from each character and plot in such a short amount of time. There are plenty stories in here that I want more from and whilst I appreciate the point of anthologies is to introduce you to different authors and glimpse stories that are just short (funny that, they're called "short stories") I just wanted more more more!
I don't think I've been specifically encouraged to go and read more from any one specific author but I was, and I'll touch on this when I get to their story, encouraged to give an author a second chance. Though I don't think I'll go out of my way to buy any of their books.
I'm certainly more keen to read anthologies now than I was so if anyone's got recommendations please do share! Let me know if you're planning to pick up Meet Cute and which story you're most excited for - I know I gave some brilliant synopsises hahah