Thank you to Netgalley and HMH Books for Young Readers for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I was really excited for this anthology as I adore meet cute stories and a lot of authors I like were involved in this as well as some of those authors being marginalised. But I’ll be honest I was a little bit disappointed with it.
Some of the stories were really sweet and I found great enjoyment in them, but some stories were so lacklustre for me or just weren’t even what I would consider meet cute.
Siege Etiquette by Katie Cotugno – Honestly I can’t even remember what this was about, it was really forgettable want I wasn’t a fan. It also was not what I would consider meet cute as the couple already knew each other for years.
Print Shop by Nina Lacour – This was ok, I liked the use of twitter and PR on social media, however it felt like there was far too much background info and I didn’t really feel anything towards the pairing because there wasn’t much of a focus on it.
Hourglass by Ibi Zoboi – For such a short story this one packs a punch. A lot of it talks about fake allies which I think is an important discussion that needs to be had in all communities. And overall I found this one really sweet.
Click by Katharine McGee – I thought this one was pretty confusing. But it was also pretty hard for me as it featured the death of a sister, which has happened to me. I struggled to get through this one to be honest.
The Intern by Sara Shepard – This was another one which was ok, not terrible but pretty forgettable.
Somewhere That’s Green by Meredith Russo – This was really good for featuring current issues. I wasn’t really sure how I felt about it being from the point of view of someone who was being transphobic but Russo is a trans author and the views of the character did change throughout the story. I think if a cis author had done this it wouldn’t have worked as well.
The Way We Love Here by Dhonielle Clayton – This was another one I found confusing. I’m not sure if short stories work in fantasy contexts the best. Obviously fantasy writers want to write with what they’re comfortable but I’m not sure.
Oomph by Emery Lord – I LOVED this one. It was so cute and it was exactly what I imagine as meet cute. Two cute girls meet at an airport when their flights are delayed. Perfect.
The Dictionary of You and Me – This one was also cute, though a little boring. I mean don’t all us romantically inclined people who love books hope we will meet someone between the stacks at our libraries?
The Unlikely Likelihood of Falling in Love by Jocelyn Davies – Now this was right up my street. This is a maths nerd meet cute. The girl does her report on the statistical probability of seeing a cute boy on her morning commute to school and what factors are involved. Her class get really into it too and I just found it super sweet.
259 Million Miles by Kass Morgan – This one was ok. It wasn’t really my cup of tea. I did like the discussion of how memes can really hurt people though. I found that interesting as someone who enjoys memes.
Something Real by Julie Murphy – This one was perfect and has served to remind me that I need to read Dumplin ASAP. I loved that it had something about idols not always being who they’re cracked up to be but finding something good in what could’ve been a rubbish day. And I just love that it has girls just being nice to each other.
Say Everything by Huntley Fitzpatrick – As someone who has done waiting a lot through the years I kind of liked this, for the little part of me that always wishes a cute person would leave me their number on their receipt like in the movies. But it was a bit farfetched, but hey that’s writing.
The Department of Dead Love by Nicola Yoon – This was so different and interesting. I do find unrequited love interesting and I don’t think it’s spoken about enough in YA, a lot of the time it’s brushed to the side when a new person comes along that takes the MCs fancy, so this was a new take for me.
As a whole I’d say the store in the latter half of the book are better than the first half. I was feeling really disappointed for a while and then it picked up a little.