Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined To Meet. by Jennifer L. ArmentroutMeet Cute: Some People Are Destined To Meet. by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined To Meet.

byJennifer L. Armentrout, Dhonielle Clayton, Katie Cotugno

Hardcover | January 2, 2018

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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.
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Jennifer L. Armentrout (Lux series), Dhonielle Clayton ( Tiny Pretty Things ),  Katie Cotugno ( 99 Days ), Jocelyn Davies ( The Odds of Lightning ), Huntley Fitzpatrick ( My Life Next Door ), Nina LaCour ( Hold Still ), Emery Lord ( When We Collided ), Katharine McGee ( The Thousandth Floor ), Kass Morgan (the 100 s...
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Title:Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined To Meet.Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.1 inPublished:January 2, 2018Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1328759873

ISBN - 13:9781328759870

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from An Enjoyable Anthology! 3.5 stars Most of these stories were just okay. My favorites were by The Way we Love Here by Dhonielle Clayton, The Dictionary of You and Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Say Everything by Huntley Fitzpatrick, and The Department of Dead Love by Nicola Yoon! Siege Etiquette - Katie Cotugno ⭐⭐ Wolf and you "Hailey" meet while hiding in the bathroom of a friends house when the cops come to crash a high school party. They are rude to each other for no reason, and then for no reason they decide to be nice to each other, so then they kiss a few times. Hailey/you feels as if she can trust Wolf because he doesn't know her by her reputation or her mistakes. The thing is that Hailey also has a boyfriend, Jake maybe, so if you didn't know before, this is what cheating is. Also, Hailey makes a lot of references to an I evident that has given her a bad reputation, but no explanation is given whatsoever to what actually happened. I don't like not knowing things like that. It is written in second person, which is honestly not my favorite. Sentences like, "You think you might resent you, if you were her" I mean, could this have been said more awkwardly??? "You look at him through your eyelashes in the dark"- I personally don't see my eyelashes when I look at things. Print Shop - Nina LaCour ⭐⭐⭐ Evie gets hired to work at a print shop, to manage customer service. She deals with an unhappy customer named Lauren. She looks at her Twitter profile and falls in love. Altogether really cute, and I loved the parts about the print shop. But... Evie and Lauren's meet cute was really not believable. Hourglass- Ibi Zoboi ⭐⭐ Cherish and her best friend Stacy are busy preparing for Prom and College. The two have a falling out after Cherish finds out that Stacy has been seeing Brian Price behind her back, a boy who bullied Cherish in elementary school. Cherish decides she has to go to prom too. She goes to an African tailor shop and meets Mamadou. The drama between Cherish and Stacy seemed really petty and I didn't really care for it. I also didn't like that Mamadou only really got introduced in the last three pages; I would have liked to see more of his character. For an anthology about people having cute first encounters, there was a lot of set up to their meeting, that I didn't like. Click - Katharine McGee ⭐⭐⭐1/2 Alexa meets Raden in a bar for a date that has been strategically set up through an app called Click. They go on an adventure through the city looking for Alexa's lost phone. I liked that Alexa and Raden actually spend a bit of time together in the story. The concept of click is really not original at all. Both Raden and Alexa were fairly developed, and Raden seemed really sweet. The Intern - Sara Shepard ⭐⭐⭐1/2 Working as an intern at a record label, Clara takes a musician Phineas to see a psychic. They decide afterwards to walk through Central park. Phineas helps Clara reconcile with her grief of losing her mother. As their day together is ending, Phineas surprises Clara by having a free concert in the park. Great dialogue, and they are together for the majority of the story which I enjoyed. I didn't really understand the need for the sub plot of the psychic. Somewhere that's green - Meredith Russo ⭐⭐ 1/2 Transgender teen Nia is dealing with controversy from her school about which washroom she should use. While working together for a school musical of Little Shop of Horrors, she meets Lexie, a closeted gay who is raised a Christian. A little bit confusing since it was told from a few different perspectives. It was altogether okay. I really didn't like the way that Christianity is portrayed in the story, which I'm finding to be more and more of a common theme in YA that isn't written by Christian authors. The Way We Love Here - Dhonielle Clayton ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/2 Viola meets Sebastian on the beach outside of her family owned inn. They live in a complex world that determines who you love. They decide to break the rules and hold hands. The result is being swept away into a vision of 3 potential futures for the characters. Possibly my favorite story. The world is super cool and I want to know so much more. I loved the characters and their fearlessness towards the future. Oomph - Emery Lord ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2 Cassidy meets Johanna in an airport. They begin making jokes about being in the CIA and FBI. They make a few references to specific people that I didn't quite understand. Their conversations are full of banter, and they quickly become friends. They do a lot of people watching. Overall, a really fun story. I liked the timeline; it didn't feel too short, and yet Emery Lord managed to pack a lot of meaningful messages into the story. The Dictionary Of You And Me - Jennifer L. Armentrout ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Moss has a distant obsession with the new boy at school named Tyler. She works at her local library. For weeks she's been trying to track down an overdue dictionary that was borrowed by Mr. H. Smith. She repeatedly calls the man, and enjoys fun banter with him. Their phone calls had so much fun banter, and I wish we had seen more. The Unlikely Likelihood Of Falling In Love - Jocelyn Davies ⭐⭐⭐ A girl has a meet cute with a boy she sees on the train on her way to school. After this encounter, she is inspired to research the likelihood of seeing mystery-train-boy again for her statistics class. On the day of her presentation for class, she realizes that she has forgotten her poster. She quickly gets on a train to go back to her house. All at once, she realizes that mystery-train-boy is on her train. Possibly the most extreme form of the love-at-first-sight trope. 259 Million Miles - Kass Morgan ⭐⭐1/2 Phillip meets Blythe Cohen during an interview under an organization that is selecting candidates to help build a colony in Mars. They spend 24 hours in an isolated room as part of their test. In the end, only Blythe is chosen for the mission, but her impact on Philip is clear; she helps him realize his potential, and that he can live without fear. The story was well put together, and developed enough for a short story. The character development in Philip happened way too fast for my taste. The name Philip is bad. The story was just not that cute. I got really confused because the book did a really bad job of setting up the narrator at beginning, so I totally guessed that it was from the perspective of a girl. But then 5 pages later I learned that their name was Philip.... Something Real - Julie Murphy ⭐⭐⭐ June is a bisexual teen who runs the biggest fan page for the popular singer Dylan. She's asked to participate in a competition to star on a reality TV show, and maybe win a date with the pop star. On the set, she meets Martha, who is struggling to find closure after the death of her sister. They spark... I unfortunately did not like the turn of events, that the girls fell for each other, instead of June having a really cute date with Dylan. I love love love reading about singers and celebrities, so the ending was kind of a let down. Say Everything - Huntley Fitzpatrick ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Emma Greene works as a waitress. Sean frequents this restaurant with his friends and has noticed Emma. One day, he strikes up a conversation as she is cleaning his table. He convinces her to go on a date with him. The next Saturday they meet up at the restaurant, and together they drive to a house across town -the house Emma used to live in, and the house that Sean's family has just sold. Sean's dad has a reputation of cheating people for money, and that is exactly what happened to Emma's dad, causing them to lose the house that has been in the family for generations. Emma has to learn to forgive Sean's dad, and not blame Sean for this father's mistakes. Emma has a sweet moment remembering the house she once lived in. This story was one of the cutest. I loved Sean and emma, and I loved the dynamic between the two of them. Nothing felt rushed, because they complemented each other so well. The Department of Dead Love - Nicola Yoon ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ In a futuristic society, the government runs the DODL to help people understand why their relationships have ended, and to help cope with Unrequited love. Thomas has been broken up with Samantha for 10 months, but their break up still plagues him. He's seen nearly every department at DODL, and the final one is to get an autopsy that will determine the cause of death for the relationship. At this stage, there is a possibility that Thomas and ex girlfriend Samantha can have their memories erased from the past 10 months, and have the opportunity to have another try at their relationship. I want a million stories in this world.
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Adorable A great collection of short stories by amazing authors. Some stories were better than others, but I enjoyed it overall.
Date published: 2018-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect for hopeless romantics! A great collection of stories about meet cutes, a.k.a. the moment two characters first meet and begin to fall for each other. Featuring stories by YA favs Nicola Yoon, Julie Murphy, Nina LaCour, Katie Cotugno and more!
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from perfect read! I really enjoyed this book I didn't think I would at first but I really did!! it had beautiful , heart-warming and funny stories of different types of people coming together do to fate. Definitely a most read!!
Date published: 2018-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Adorably Cute! The complete anthology of short stories about "how they met" was so adorably cute! MEET CUTE was such a fluffy and fun anthology to read. This was probably the best anthology I have ever read. It truly deserves to be read. ARC was kindly provided by Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2018-01-13

Editorial Reviews

? An enjoyable and diverse collection that never feels repetitive, despite the stories' shared thematic underpinnings? All 14 leave just enough magic and mystery to inspire readers to trust in a little bit of fate." - Publishers Weekly "The people and situations vary, but it all comes down to that effervescent moment of "hello" - so essentially, it's like those Starburst bags that only contain the red and pink ones, but in book form." -EW.com "The collection is a welcome departure from strictly heterosexual romance, including cisgirl-meets-girl and transgirl-meets-girl connections in addition to girl-meets-boy scenarios? A collection that adds much-needed diversity to the existing teen-romance genre." - Kirkus "Ultimately a well-rounded, charming collection of love stories that any reader will be happy to meet." - Booklist "