Meet Cute is an anthology of 14 original short stories by YA authors, such as Nicola Yoon, Julie Murphy, Nina La Cour and others. From a meeting brought on by an angry customer’s tweet to a strange reality show competition, Meet Cute covers a variety of scenarios where two people make a romantic connection.
While these tales consisted of a variety of scenarios, I had wished there was a bit more variety in the pairings. Along with the straight couples, there was representation in lesbian and trans characters but there was a lack of gay couples, despite what I assumed to be two guys illustrated on the cover. Yes, female-centric stories are great, and there was some diversity in that respect but not enough of the kind of diversity I was expecting.
With regards to the short stories themselves, I was pretty split on them… about half I really enjoyed and half of them I really didn’t. I particularly loved The Unlikely Likelihood of Falling in Love by Jocelyn Davies and The Dictionary of You and Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Those two stories left me with such a giddy smile on my face at the actual meet cute moment – a sign, for me, of a successful story told.
And that brings me to what a meet cute story should be. UrbanDictionary defines it quite perfectly: “Scenario in which two individuals are brought together in some unlikely, zany, destined-to-fall-in-love-and-be-together-forever sort of way (the more unusual, the better).” This unfortunately did not describe a number of the stories in this book, including the very first one which was unfortunate. True, some of these are cute stories but not all of them would necessarily fall under the “meet cute” category. I also didn’t understand the use of “you” in the narration, as if the reader was the person even though the “you” has an actual name in the story. I feel like this book may have needed more curation to be more cohesive in its theme.