Review: Meet Cute anthology
I’m a sucker for anthologies. When I saw Meet Cute was available on NetGalley, I requested it at the speed of light, but I definitely didn’t think I’d be accepted!
Featuring fourteen short stories from a variety of YA authors, I knew that some of the stories were going to be hit and miss. I already loved a few of the authors, but this was my first experience with most of them (and definitely won’t be my last!). Keep reading for a brief description of each short story, and what I thought:
- Siege Etiquette by Katie Cotugno: 1/5
The police get called to a house party, and the characters scatter, turning the lights out and hiding in various rooms around the house. The protagonist finds herself in the upstairs bathroom with Wolf, the strange boy who only attends school half of the year because of living on a farm. She’s oh-so pretty and oh-so popular, but Wolf treats her like a regular human being, so they bond during their entrapment.
I was conflicted by 99 Days, but at least I had the length of the novel to get to know the characters and care more about their personalities. Why does Katie insist on making every story about cheating?
- Print Shop by Nina LaCour: 3/5
A girl starts working maternity cover in her idol’s print shop, saving the day when a cute customer’s print order seems doomed.
The quaint print shop was a brilliant setting, but I felt a little uncomfortable with her Twitter stalking the customer’s profile and rapidly becoming infatuated with them. Major points for unprofessionalism!
- Hourglass by Ibi Zoboi: 4/5
Prom is rapidly approaching, but the local dress shop doesn’t cater to people of all shapes and sizes. Features best friend betrayal.
The plot is simple yet so effective, and I loved the fact that the story was left on a bit of a cliffhanger – you’re left guessing how prom actually goes!
- Click by Katharine McGee: 4/5
Forget Tinder, it’s time for the new dating trend: Click. Alexa’s on her first ever Click date, but disaster strikes when she leaves her phone in the taxi.
Short stories don’t seem like the right place to use multiple perspectives, but I thought the concept and the vaguely futuristic setting were highly appealing.
- The Intern by Sara Shepard: 5/5
A girl starts working as an intern at her father’s record label, and is sent to look after one of the hottest rising stars.
I gave this five stars because I thought it was ‘cute and uncomplicated’, but I’d actually pretty much forgotten what The Intern was about before writing this review… Whoops!
- Somewhere That’s Green by Meredith Russo: 4/5
When a transgender student is granted access the women’s bathroom, her religious classmate makes a statement against the decision on the local news. While waiting for news on whether the school will reverse their decision, the two start an unlikely friendship, helping each other through their struggles.
I would have given this story five stars if Nia’s sexuality had been addressed: her classmates assume she’s straight, but if she is bisexual it would have been nice to get some unambiguous rep.
- The Way We Love Here by Dhionelle Clayton: 4/5
In Vio’s world, everyone is born with ten rings marked on their skin. The more rings disappear, the closer you are to finding your soulmate. When a boy washes up on the beach behind Vio’s home – a boy with the same amount of rings left as her – they take a risk and peek into three of their possible futures, with no guarantee which will play out.
The concept of this one is WONDERFUL, and I seriously hope Dhionelle Clayton decides to extend it and use it as the spring point for a full-length novel.
- Oomph by Emery Lord: 5/5
Two girls start flirting when their flights are delayed.
Perfectly uncomplicated. It’s so simple that it should be bland, but I just wanted this one to last forever.
- The Dictionary of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith: 5/5
A library customer has borrowed the dictionary, and it’s overdue. It’s Moss’s job to call them regularly, reminding them to return the title.
This one almost made me cry. I miss working in a library. But phoning every single customer who had a long overdue book would be far too much trouble!
- The Unlikely Likelihood of Falling in Love by Jocelyn Davies: 5/5
She believes in the power of logic, science and mathematics, but when her eyes lock with a boy on a train going in the opposite direction, she decides to use a class assignment to investigate whether love at first sight can be real.
This one ACTUALLY made me cry. Faultless.
- 259 Million Miles by Kass Morgan: 3/5
A boy with a recent viral embarrassment under his belt wants to go on a trip to Mars to escape his shame. He gets locked in a room with another candidate called Blythe, and she makes him wonder if life on Earth isn’t all that bad.
I was disappointed by the abrupt ending of this one. It really put the ‘short’ in short story…
- Something Real by Julie Murphy: 5/5
It’s a head-to-head battle to get a date with a superstar. On your left, the owner of the biggest fansite dedicated to him. On your right, the girl who’s sister died listening to his biggest hit, before it received mainstream recognition.
I’d expected this to be majorly cliched, but it ended up being one of my favourite stories. Gives me yet another reason to get my hands on Dumplin’ or Ramona Blue…
- Say Everything by Huntley Fitzpatrick: 3/5
His dad conned her family out of her childhood home, and he decides to take her back there on their first date.
I’m not sure why I didn’t enjoy this one, but something about the style was odd, and the story was a little too cliched for my liking.
- The Department of Dead Love by Nicola Yoon: 4/5
The Department of Dead Love aim to get to the bottom of your heartbreak. Thomas and Samantha were only going out for five months, but he’s determined to have a second chance with her, and he needs the Department of Dead Love to help him make that happen. The only catch? If his request is granted, his memories of his trips to the Department will be wiped – including his memories of Gabby, the worker he’s quickly become friends with.
I loved how many twists and turns Nicola Yoon managed to squeeze into this one. It’s only a short story, but I was kept on the edge of my seat!
If you’re a fan of YA contemporaries or short stories, I highly recommend giving this anthology a go. Even if you only dip in and out, you’ll find at least one piece that you’ll absolutely fall in love with: I guarantee it!
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