Meet Cute
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 Details

TitleMeet Cute
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 2nd, 2018
PublisherHMH Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139781328759870
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Short Stories, Contemporary, Anthologies, Romance

Meet Cute Review

  • Candace Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    This book was full of cute stories and just what I needed! Armentrout's was my favorite, and I couldn't stop smiling while reading it! I kind of want to go check out a dictionary now! But they were all different and had me feeling good!! Sometimes you just need a short story, or in this case, an anthology of them!!
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  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    I don’t normally read anthologies, but this topic of meet-cutes and all of these fantastic authors, I just couldn’t resist. I read a couple of paragraphs of each story to decide if I wanted to continue. I read all of the stories except 4 of them and the stories that I did read were fantastic. Lots of great characters and clever set ups and representation. Some kissing, but looooooots of sweet moments. My ultimate favorite was JLA’s story that featured a library and an overdue dictionary. Overall I don’t normally read anthologies, but this topic of meet-cutes and all of these fantastic authors, I just couldn’t resist. I read a couple of paragraphs of each story to decide if I wanted to continue. I read all of the stories except 4 of them and the stories that I did read were fantastic. Lots of great characters and clever set ups and representation. Some kissing, but looooooots of sweet moments. My ultimate favorite was JLA’s story that featured a library and an overdue dictionary. Overall, a quick and super cute read. **Huge thanks to HMH Books for Young Readers for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • Nina
    January 1, 1970
    *Thanks to HMH Books for Young Readers for sending me an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* Actual Rating: 3.54/5 stars Siege Etiquette by Katie Cotugno: 2 stars Unfortunately, I disliked both the POV of this story and the author’s writing style. Siege Etiquette was cute, but I also think that it wasn’t that interesting and I definitely wouldn’t be interested in reading more of this story. Print Shop by Nina LaCour: 3.5 stars I once again didn’t like the POV but *Thanks to HMH Books for Young Readers for sending me an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* Actual Rating: 3.54/5 stars Siege Etiquette by Katie Cotugno: 2 stars Unfortunately, I disliked both the POV of this story and the author’s writing style. Siege Etiquette was cute, but I also think that it wasn’t that interesting and I definitely wouldn’t be interested in reading more of this story. Print Shop by Nina LaCour: 3.5 stars I once again didn’t like the POV but unlike the first story, this one was very well written and also a lot more interesting. Hourglass by Ibi Zoboi: 3 stars This time, I really liked the POV the author chose for this story and I also really liked Ibi Zoboi’s writing style. I just think that ‘Hourglass’ was a little boring. Click by Katharine McGee: 4 stars I loved the idea of this short story and also think it was very well written. I would even be interested in reading more of this because it was just so interesting. The Intern by Sara Shepard: 4.25 stars ‘The Intern’ was a cute and gripping story and I would definitely be interested in reading more of it. I also really liked the characters and Sara Shepard’s writing style. Somewhere That’s Green by Meredith Russo: 1.5 stars Unfortunately, this was my least favorite short story from this anthology. I really loved how the main character of this story was transgender because you don’t get to see that very often but I just feel like the entire plot was a complete disaster. The whole story was extremely confusing and at the end of it, I still hadn’t completely understood how all the characters were related to each other and what was actually going on. ‘Somewhere That’s Green’ was just very boring and I definitely wouldn’t be interested in reading more of this. The Way We Love Here by Dhonielle Clayton: 4.5 stars ‘The Way We Love Here’ was a very interesting story and I loved the plot. I also immediately fell in love with the characters and would be interested in reading more about them. Oomph by Emery Lord: 4.75 stars This was such a cute story and I would love to read more about how their story continues once they both live in New York. I also loved Emery Lord’s writing style and I think I will definitely go and check out some of her other books because I’d never heard about her prior to reading this anthology. The Dictionary of You and Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout: 5 stars This was definitely my favorite story out of all the ones featured in this anthology. I just loved the characters and the whole idea with the library. It would’ve been great if this story had been a lot longer. The Unlikely Likelihood of Falling in Love by Jocelyn Davies: 4 stars I loved the idea of writing this like a statistics project and also think this was very well written. The plot was interesting and I also really liked the characters. A great short story. 259 Million Miles by Kass Morgan: 4 stars This was an interesting story and I liked how it had a little bit of a different ending from all the other stories. Furthermore, I also really liked how it was written from the male main characters point of view. Something Real by Julie Murphy: 3.5 stars This was such a cute, little, fun story that was very well written and had an ending which I think was really interesting. Say Everything by Huntley Fitzpatrick: 2.5 stars I once again just didn’t like the POV of this story and also think it was a little boring even though it was still cute. The Department of Dead Love by Nicola Yoon: 3 stars I loved the idea of the ‘Department of Love’ but even though this was an interesting story, I also thought it was quite boring at some points. Overall, this was probably one of the most adorable books I’ve ever read and it’s definitely a great anthology that deserves to be read!
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  • Alyssa
    January 1, 1970
    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet by various authorsPublisher: HMH Books for Young ReadersPublication Date: January 2, 2018Rating: 4 starsSource: eARC from NetGalleySummary (from Goodreads):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 ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet by various authorsPublisher: HMH Books for Young ReadersPublication Date: January 2, 2018Rating: 4 starsSource: eARC from NetGalleySummary (from Goodreads):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.What I Liked:If you know one thing about me, it is that I love a good romance. I am a huge fan of romance, and I am such a hopeless romantic. When I first heard about this book, I knew I needed to read it. Meet cute moments are amazing and I live for them! If you want to read about a meet cute of my own, check out #ManBunGuy on Twitter (and look for my updates -- @Alyssa_Susanna). Not that I'm dating the guy - but it's still an adorable meet cute. It would have made an amazing addition to this anthology. ANYWAY. I really like meet cutes and adorable beginnings to romances so this anthology was right up my alley. Most of these stories were amazing!I'm not usually one of anthologies for one reason: short stories are always too short. I hate feeling like what I read wasn't complete enough! I don't love being left with the feeling of wanting more (but knowing there won't be more). I will say that some of the stories in this anthology definitely left me wanting more; the short stories were based solely on the meet cute moment, and not the aftermath (i.e. going on a date, dating, etc.). BUT this didn't irritate me because the premise of the book is the meet cute moments, and so I knew upfront that the stories would be exclusively about the meet cutes and not the entire romance/love story. This seems like a simple thing but it makes a difference! I'm not going to talk about all of the stories because some of them didn't really stick with me and some of them I didn't really like. For the most part, all of them were interesting and worth the read. But some of them were better than others!I think my favorite was Jennifer L. Armentrout's story, "The Dictionary of You and Me". It involves a girl who works at the library, and has to call patrons when they haven't returned their overdue book. There is one patron, around her age (based on his voice), that has had a dictionary checked out for forever. Every time she calls him, they end up talking about other things... and he never returns the book. She likes talking to him though. What happens next? You'll have to read the story to find out! Honestly it is so cute and it is the type of meet cute that I could see happening to me (meaning, while it is definitely fiction, it isn't so far-fetched). I was smiling the whole time I read this story.I also adored "Click" by Katherine McGee. This story is set in 2020 and it is about a girl and a boy who uses the Click app. The app matches you with a person that is highly compatible to you, up to the 99th percentile. Alexa is on her way to a date with a guy she matched with on Click, in the 99th percentile of compatibility. She and Raden meet, but then she realizes she left her cell phone in the taxi cab. Raden uses his phone to track hers, and they go off to chase down her phone. I thought this story was so sweet, and the twist at the end made me smile. This one made me think about how we are in this day, with dating apps and matching and whatnot.Another story I liked was Dhonielle Clayton's "The Way We Love Here". I didn't quite understand what was happening at first, especially in terms of the world-building, but this was the type of story that you needed to keep reading in order to fully grasp what was happening. It isn't set in a purely contemporary world and the world-building wasn't thrown in all at the beginning, so it took a bit for me to understand the what's and how's. The story involves a girl who saves a boy from drowning, but there is so much more to it. It made me smile, it made me feel a little sad, but it also made me feel a spark of hope. This pair had a heartbreaking yet romantic meet cute."Print Shop" by Nina LaCour was adorable. A girl gets hired at an old-fashioned print shop, where banners and things like that are hand-lettered. But a mishap with an order happens, and the customer isn't happy. The customer is a high school student like our protagonist. These two "meet" at the very end of the story when the protagonist takes the banner to the customer, but the meet cute is still so cute. And the story itself was intriguing - there was a lot going on besides the meet cute. I liked it!Like I said, most of the stories were so interesting. I'm not going to talk about all of them because this review would go on for forever and ever, but I liked most of the stories and therefore, I recommend the anthology as a whole. I must give a shout-out to all of the authors who featured diverse characters. There was such a wide array of characters - it wasn't just boy meets girl/girl meets boy. The meet cutes were all so different but the characters themselves were so different. I loved seeing so many different relationships. Bottom line: I liked this anthology! It was definitely worth the read.What I Did Not Like:There were some short stories that I didn't really love, and that's okay! It's an anthology so there was bound to be at least that I felt kind of ehhh about. I'm not going to talk about any specifically because me feeling ehhh about them is very subjective (as with all stories, really). I didn't find anything "wrong" with any of these stories though.Would I Recommend It: If you are like me, a hopeless romantic who loves love and romance and relationships, then give this anthology a shot! Meet cutes are one of my favorite aspects of a good romance, and I love what the authors came up with. This anthology is so sweet and heartwarming and made me really happy.Rating:4 stars. Worth the read, in my opinion. I don't usually go for anthologies but this one is as good as it sounds. It would make a great gift! If you live in the USA and preorder the book, you could get some neat buttons from the publisher. Just a thought!
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  • Selene
    January 1, 1970
    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Books for the advanced reading copy of the anthology Meet Cute. The authors I have read from before are Nina LaCour, Katherine McGee, Julie Murphy, Sara Shepard, and Nicola Yoon. I can’t wait to read the new to me authors in this anthology that I’ve heard wonderful things about like Jennifer L. Armentrout, Katie Cotugno, Emery Lord, Kass Morgan, and Ibi Zoboi.I would lis I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Books for the advanced reading copy of the anthology Meet Cute. The authors I have read from before are Nina LaCour, Katherine McGee, Julie Murphy, Sara Shepard, and Nicola Yoon. I can’t wait to read the new to me authors in this anthology that I’ve heard wonderful things about like Jennifer L. Armentrout, Katie Cotugno, Emery Lord, Kass Morgan, and Ibi Zoboi.I would list the stories I am most looking forward to but there are so many amazing authors in this collection and I can't wait to read all of them.Siege Etiquette by Katie Cutugno3 StarsThis short story was written in second person about about a popular girl who was at a house party when the police arrive. She ends up locked in a bathroom with a farm boy from her school. Typical YA contemporary. Print Shop by Nina LaCour4 StarsThis story was about a girls first day at a new job where things don’t go exactly as she planned. But through perseverance she is able to overcome her first day. The setting was absolutely adorable.Hourglass by Ibi Zoboi4 StarsThis short story is about a girl wanting to get out of a small town where she has always felt like she didn’t fit in. She is her best friends side kick until the day she betrays her. I loved that this story not only has black representation but it shows how important having different representations in media are! Click by Katherine McGee5 StarsThis was about a young adult who recently lost a close family member and “Clicked” with a young man on a new dating app. The Intern by Sara Shepard5 StarsThis is a wonderfully adorable story about a young woman who works for her father’s record label company. Somewhere That’s Green by Meredith Russo3 StarsThis story has two perspectives. The first is about a high school student and the second is about a transgender girl. The Way We Love Here by Dhonielle Clayton3 StarsThis is a fantasy short story that is about how a town finds love. Oomph by Emery Lord3 StarsThis is a story about two girls who meet in an airport.The Dictionary of You and Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout4 StarsThis short story is about a girl who works in a library. The Unlikely Likelihood of Falling in Love by Jocelyn Davies3.5 StarsThis is a story about a girl who takes the same subway train every day to school and the probability of her seeing the boy in the subway train across from her. 259 Million Miles by Kass Morgan3 StarsThis is a short story about a boy who wants to go to mars. Something Real by Julie Murphy3.5 StarsThis story is about two girls competing on a “reality” television series for a date with a musician. Say Everything by Huntley Fitzpatrick3 StarsThis short story is typical rich boy, poor girl. The Department of Dead Love by Nicola Yoon3.5 StarsThis last story takes place in a world where there are department buildings that are classified by the breakup you’ve had.This is probably more of a 3.5 Star read but there were a few stories that I loved so I gave it 4 Stars.
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  • Dana
    January 1, 1970
    Aw what a cute, mushy, adorable collection of meet cutes! There is a huge range of stories in here, bursting with originality and tons of diversity. Some of the stories were a little cheesy for my taste, but most left me with a smile on my face, and the characters fondly in my thoughts long after I finished the story. I think this book would make a very cute valentines day gift.Buy, Borrow or Bin Verdict: BuyCheck out more of my reviews hereNote: I received this book for free in exchange for an Aw what a cute, mushy, adorable collection of meet cutes! There is a huge range of stories in here, bursting with originality and tons of diversity. Some of the stories were a little cheesy for my taste, but most left me with a smile on my face, and the characters fondly in my thoughts long after I finished the story. I think this book would make a very cute valentines day gift.Buy, Borrow or Bin Verdict: BuyCheck out more of my reviews hereNote: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Maddie (Heart Full Of Books)
    January 1, 1970
    My favourite stories were written by Emory Lord and Jocelyn Davies. They are the ones I'm still thinking about and would love a full length novel of and they get five stars, no doubt.What's great about this anthology is how much more diverse it is. In other anthologies I've read, there's been one token LGBT couple and that's it, but at least a quarter of the stories had LGBT protagonists. (Still waiting on that ace love story, though *sigh*). I also appreciated the range of genres. Not all the s My favourite stories were written by Emory Lord and Jocelyn Davies. They are the ones I'm still thinking about and would love a full length novel of and they get five stars, no doubt.What's great about this anthology is how much more diverse it is. In other anthologies I've read, there's been one token LGBT couple and that's it, but at least a quarter of the stories had LGBT protagonists. (Still waiting on that ace love story, though *sigh*). I also appreciated the range of genres. Not all the stories were strictly contemporaries. Dhonielle Clayton and Nicola Yoon both did pretty high concept stories with world building and everything! Although I didn't think it worked super well in this micro stories, it was fun to mix it up.
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  • thatgirlwithallthebooks (Shannon)
    January 1, 1970
    actually getting more and more excited for thiseeekk!!
  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsMeet Cute is just the anthology that I’ve been waiting for! This is an entire book featuring 14 incredible authors all about adorable first encounters. I personally enjoyed Jocelyn Davies, Kass Morgan, and Julie Murphy’s stories the most. I would definitely recommend this book to those looking for a feel-good read.I adore the concept of this anthology. It is all about first meetings and, as the title promises, it is absolutely adorable. Meet Cute is incredibly diverse and contains a wid 3.5 StarsMeet Cute is just the anthology that I’ve been waiting for! This is an entire book featuring 14 incredible authors all about adorable first encounters. I personally enjoyed Jocelyn Davies, Kass Morgan, and Julie Murphy’s stories the most. I would definitely recommend this book to those looking for a feel-good read.I adore the concept of this anthology. It is all about first meetings and, as the title promises, it is absolutely adorable. Meet Cute is incredibly diverse and contains a wide range of topics and genres. Not all the stories are 100% happy, which really makes the book more realistic. It is always hard to review anthologies because there are so many different contributions, but I enjoyed most of them, and overall, this collection lived up to the hype.My favourite of the stories was The Unlikely Likelihood of Falling In Love by Jocelyn Davies. This story is about a girl woking on a research project about love at first sight and the probability of meeting the cute boy on the train again. I loved the main character and the mathematical aspects. This honestly needs to be a full book, it’s that engaging.I also loved 259 Million Miles by Kass Morgan. This one tells the story of a boy applying for a one-way trip to Mars. There are some massive plot twists, which are pretty impressive for such a short story, and it is one of the stories that is pretty heartbreaking. Julie Murphy’s Something Real also captivated me. I loved the reality TV aspects and how supportive the girls are of each other even though they are competing for a date with a famous singer.Meet Cute is an anthology about love at first sight. I enjoyed the diversity and the lovable characters. My favourite was Jocelyn Davies’s, but there were many other 5 star contributions. This is the perfect book to cozy up with this winter.
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  • Lauren James
    January 1, 1970
    I loved Nina La Cour, Emery Lord and Julie Murphy's stories in this the most. So cute (it's in the name!) and uplighting and diverse. I'm obsessed with that cover too. What goals.
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