Back in May during the Raincoast TeenReads Fall 2017 Preview, Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet was the top title on my review book wish list. Even before the preview, when I first found out about this book I knew that it would automatically be on my must read list. After all YA Contemporary fiction is (probably) my favourite genre to read, and several of my favourite authors like Emery Lord, Nicola Yoon and Katharine McGee contributed to this collection of stories about fateful “meetings”.
Typically in short story collections, there’s at least one story that I’m not sold on, however, with Meet Cute I found that even if I did not love the story there was always some aspect of each of the stories that I enjoyed. Some of the more memorable stores were Emery Lord’s Oomph which features a meet cute between two girls in an airport, Jennifer L. Armentrout’s The Dictionary of You and Me and Click by Katherine McGee. However, my favourite of them is Julie Murphy’s Something Real as it was such an adorable and fun take on the usual reality show competition.
For those of you looking for diversity in characters and stories, Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet is definitely a short story collection that you need to pick up. While all the stories in this collection are technically “love stories” they vary in genre and structure. And it was refreshing to discover that they weren’t all insta-love and happily ever after stories, in fact the majority of them were fairly realistic. If you enjoy adorable stories, then Meet Cute is for you as there is something for everyone as long as that person is someone who can appreciate an adorable first meeting between characters.
Regardless of how this book came into my possession, the above review consists of my honest opinion of the book and my opinion only.