Review: Meet Cute edited by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Posted February 22, 2018 by Laura Mauro in Book Review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Meet Cute edited by Jennifer L. ArmentroutMeet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Sona Charaipotra, Dhonielle Clayton, Katie Cotugno, Jocelyn Davies, Nina LaCour, Emery Lord, Katharine McGee, Kass Morgan, Meredith Russo, Sara Shepard, Nicola Yoon, Ibi Zoboi, Julie Murphy
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on January 2nd 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Short Stories, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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Also by this author: Angel of Mercy (Cambion, #3), The Problem with Forever, 99 Days, Everything Leads to You, The Names They Gave Us, The Sun Is Also a Star, Everything, Everything, Side Effects May Vary

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.

Review

Siege Etiquette: 5 Stars *

Print Shop: 4.5 stars*

Hourglass: 3 stars

Click: 4 stars

The Intern: 4.5 stars *

Somewhere that Green:  4 stars

The way we love here: 3 stars

OOMPH: 4 Stars

The Dictionary of you and me: 5 stars *

The unlikely likelihood of falling in love: 4. 5 stars

259 Million Miles: 5 stars

Something real: 3 Stars

Say Everything: 3 stars

The department of deep love: 5 stars *

My thoughts:

I really loved this short story collection a lot. It was so much fun to read and so many of the stories made me smile. I loved the presence of not only ethnic diversity but also LGBTQ diversity. I loved also the presence of various genres including contmpoary, fantasy and science fiction. I felt like there was a story for anyone in this collection. Some of the highlights for me where Siege Etiquette, Print Shop, The Intern, The dictionary of you and me, The unlikely likelihood of falling in love and The department of dead love! If you enjoyed any type of romance in your YA books, I think this is a book you would enjoy.

About Julie Murphy

Julie lives in North Texas with her husband who loves her, her dog who adores her, and her cat who tolerates her. When she’s not writing or trying to catch stray cats, she works at an academic library. Side Effects May Vary is Julie’s debut novel.

About Katie Cotugno

Katie Cotugno went to Catholic school for thirteen years which makes her, as an adult, both extremely superstitious and prone to crushes on boys wearing blazers. She routinely finds herself talking about the romantic endeavors of characters on TV shows as if they actually exist in the world.

Katie is a Pushcart Prize nominee whose work has appeared in The Broadkill Review, The Apalachee Review, and Argestes, as well as on Nerve.com. Her first novel, HOW TO LOVE, is due out from Balzer + Bray on October 1st, 2013.

The great loves of Katie’s life include child’s pose, her little sister, and mozzarella and honey sandwiches. She lives in Boston (and in sin) with her boyfriend, Tom.

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