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Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  11,640 ratings  ·  2,649 reviews
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 Twe
Hardcover, 314 pages
Published January 2nd 2018 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Anneliese I would say 11+ because of the references, but younger audiences can read if they are mature book-wise.
Amelia I know this answer is coming in late, but for others who might be scrolling through this page, I didn’t think any of the stories were offensive at all…moreI know this answer is coming in late, but for others who might be scrolling through this page, I didn’t think any of the stories were offensive at all. There was great rep throughout, and I believe a couple of stories by #ownvoices authors. The stories are all about “meet cutes0, the term for one two love interests meet in an adorable, and sometimes awkward way.(less)

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Elle (ellexamines)
so it turns out love is a real and not fake thing that exists!! who knew? I certainly did not!

It might be sort of horribly ironic that I rated almost half these stories a very mixed and very mediocre three stars. BUT there were some super great standouts, hm? Some that might… I don’t know… warrant buying this entire collection?

Okay. Somewhere That’s Green by Meredith Russo was fantastic and important and so worth the read. Oomph by Emery Lord is the Cutest thing I have ever read. The Unlikely Li
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sometimes I just need to get sucked into a feel-good story and stay there until I'm finished. Thankfully, I accomplished just that with this anthology full of short bursts of sweetness with meet-cutes, butterflies, first impressions, and so much more.


Just some of my personal memorable stories from the book:

• Nina LaCour's Print Shop:

Funnily enough, this story opens with our main character, Evie, receiving her first job where she's set to develop an online presence for a print sho
Lala BooksandLala
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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High Lady of The Night Court
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: anthology-tbr
This is a wonderful book and will help you get out of a reading slump if you are in one.

All the stories in this book dealt with quite the range of topics and every single one is vastly different than the rest. Every author approached the topic of a meet cute in their own way and watching how they laid out their stories was beautiful. I suppose this book is so easy to read because there is a lot less apprehension in the reader because we simply know that a meet cute will happen and the story beyo
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it

LOVED this! Definitely one of my new favorite YA anthologies! There were 4 stories in this collection I gave 5 stars to!
Such an adorable, diverse and fun read!

* I will be filming a review on this where I tell you my individual ratings for each story which I will then post to here!*
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
Average rating: 3.2/5
My rating: 3/5

This had such high points and low points, which is exactly how I feel after every single anthology I read. I think the concept of this whole collection was nice, but I would have liked a couple more stories from male perspectives - and a m/m story perhaps? Don't get me wrong, I loved how many f/f stories were in this, but I think it could have benefited from some other narrators. But let's get into my specific feelings on all 14 stories.

Breakdown of the stories

from an artistic standpoint, that is. i like romantic comedies. i like romantic subplots in my favorite TV shows. all the best songs are about love. i read an endless string of disappointing contemporaries because every once in a while, i find one that makes me feel something.

i'm cynical and pessimistic and sometimes mean. i can be bitter and hardhearted. but i like love-related art.

so i was excited for this book, and, to some degree, i got what i expected. maybe not what i hop
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, read-in-2017
*Thanks to HMH Books for Young Readers for sending me an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Actual Rating: 3.54/5 stars

Siege Etiquette by Katie Cotugno: 2 stars
Unfortunately, I disliked both the POV of this story and the author’s writing style. Siege Etiquette was cute, but I also think that it wasn’t that interesting and I definitely wouldn’t be interested in reading more of this story.

Print Shop by Nina LaCour: 3.5 stars
I once again didn’t like the P
Let's just get into this.


Your heart is a siren wailing deep inside your chest.

Hailey hides out with farmboy Wolf when police come to bust up her friend's party.

Some things really annoyed me about this story.

For one thing, Cotugno lets us know that there is a darkness in Hailey's life. What is it? How can we possibly be in her head and not know? I hate when authors pull this shit. The narrator has some deep, dark secret. In this case it is a secret from
lily ☁️
after almost three years of having put this book on hold, i’m finally picking it back up again!!

4. click by katharine mcgee [👫]
this was actually a cute-adjacent meet cute! except for the part at which the love interest got ‘not like other girls’-ed. eh. also, entirely my brain’s fault, but whenever the name alexa appeared, my brain immediately jumped to the virtual assistant AI technology and i was uncomfortably startled out of the story.


i started this completely on a whim, and i don’t know
Jan 25, 2018 added it
Shelves: short-stories
DNF @ 50%

This just wasn't for me. Some of the stories were cute but they all ended as soon as I got interested.
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m probably a soulless husk with a stone-cold heart.


Which, if you met me IRL, that wouldn't be far from the truth.


A bit of an overexaggerating, I know, but I certainly felt like one reading Meet Cute.

I think I’m in the minority where I didn’t like Meet Cute.

When it comes to cute things to me, it varies. Red pandas are cute.


And even some romance is cute. Especially anime romance because let’s be real, anime is better than real life.

Meet Cute shoul
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
All of these stories were PRESH! Anthologies are sometimes not my thing but THESE ALL WERE. MEET CUTES ARE THE BEST.
My faves were Something Real, The Unlikelihood of Falling in Love, The dictionary of You and Me, The Intern, and Click. But I actually really liked all of them? The lowest rating I gave an individual story was 3.5/5 sooooooo ya know.
Larry H
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

Meet Cute was an absolutely enjoyable, memorable collection of stories about that first magical encounter.

Boy, this book lived up to its name!! Subtitled "Some People Are Destined to Meet," this collection of 14 stories by some of YA’s leading authors and others who should be better-known, left me in a great mood, high on love and romance.

Each story tells of how two people meet (not always cute right away) and a spark is felt. Some of the stories have LGBTQ and/or interracial theme
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet by various authors
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 2, 2018
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.

Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I don’t normally read anthologies, but this topic of meet-cutes and all of these fantastic authors, I just couldn’t resist.

I read a couple of paragraphs of each story to decide if I wanted to continue. I read all of the stories except 4 of them and the stories that I did read were fantastic.

Lots of great characters and clever set ups and representation. Some kissing, but looooooots of sweet moments. My ultimate favorite was JLA’s story that featured a library and an overdue dictionary.

 ••Camila Roy••
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
RATING: 4.5/5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⠀

One word: Awww💕. Nicely done, authors, nicely done. This is the first anthology I’ve read ever!


[1] THE WAY WE LOVE HERE-Dhonielle Clayton. (4.5/5) I need to check out one of her books ASAP!!

[2] THE DICTIONARY OF YOU AND ME- Jennifer L. Armentrout. (4.5/5) Takes place in a library, do I need to say more?⠀

[3] OOMPH- Emery Lord. (4/5) I love Emery Lord’s stories.💛

[4] 259 MILLION MILES- Kass Morgan. (4/5) Literally squeaked at the last line. So adora
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This wasn’t quite as cute as I was hoping it would be, but there were some gems mixed in so I’m not mad about it.

SIEGE ETIQUETTE by Katie Cotugno - 2 stars
PRINT SHOP by Nina LaCour - 4 stars
HOURGLASS by Ibi Zoboi - 3 stars
CLICK by Katherine McGee - 5 stars
THE INTERN by Sara Shepard - 2 stars
SOMEWHERE THAT’S GREEN by Meredith Russo - 4 stars
THE WAY WE LOVE HERE by Dhonielle Clayton - 3 stars
OOMPH by Emery Lord - 5 stars
THE DICTIONARY OF YOU AND ME by Jennifer L Armentrout - 4 stars
Beatrice Masaluñga
Jan 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, young-adult
Thank you HMH Teen for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review

Meet Cute is a collection of contemporary stories about cute first encouters turned into romance. Not all people enjoy insta-love but once in a while, you'll want it if you're looking for something fluffy. The stories were hit or miss to me but my favorites were written by Katharine McGee and Sara Shepard (both were new to me authors). Overall, this is a nice and likable collection.

SIEGE ETIQUETTE Katie Cotugno - 1.5 / 5
Jan 02, 2018 rated it liked it
The most appropriately named book of the year for 2018 might just be this short story anthology featuring some of the hottest YA authors. Whether you're looking for that first love or you're feeling a bit nostalgic, these twelve stories may just leave you feeling a little more "cutesy" inside.

Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review.
#mystrangereading Meet Cute: Some People are Destined to Meet by Various Authors ⭐️⭐️

Meh. I think after some reflection I'm going to bump this down to 2/5. I just really didn't enjoy it.

If you like short stories, you might enjoy it. If you love 'meet cute' stories, then you will like it, but I just realized while I was reading each story that the 'meet cute' isn't the part of the story that I like. I enjoy the growth of a relationship and seeing the characters grow in their love of one another.
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Thank you NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Books for the advanced reading copy of the anthology Meet Cute.

The authors I have read from before are Nina LaCour, Katherine McGee, Julie Murphy, Sara Shepard, and Nicola Yoon.

I can’t wait to read the new to me authors in this anthology that I’ve heard wonderful things about like Jennifer L. Armentrout, Katie Cotugno, Emery Lord, Kass Morgan, and Ibi Zoboi.

I would lis

Aw what a cute, mushy, adorable collection of meet cutes! There is a huge range of stories in here, bursting with originality and tons of diversity. Some of the stories were a little cheesy for my taste, but most left me with a smile on my face, and the characters fondly in my thoughts long after I finished the story. I think this book would make a very cute valentines day gift.

Buy, Borrow or Bin Verdict: Buy

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Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an
Charlotte Annelise
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This short story collection was really fun to read and I liked that there was so much variety in all of the stories. Some were more heavy on the romance and some put more focus into the overall plot. Romance is my favourite genre, so I am glad this book exists! I was also so surprised that there were four LGBTQ+ short stories, which was great. 

Siege Etiquette by Katie Cotugno - 3/5 stars

Siege Etiquette is about a popular girl at a party who gets stuck in a bathroom with Wolf, a country boy. The
On average, I gave this book 3.70. It's not bad, but it shows that some of the stories weren't good. Some of them got 1/5 or 2.5, a few got 5/5 but that's because I'm more generous when I rate short stories because I rate both on the story and the potential it has to be a great book.

I would like to say that this anthology still ended up disappointing me ... first because the cover is false advertising, you get a few f/f relationships, but most of them are f/m and there is not one m/m like the co
Alexandra Elend Wolf
1.25 stars.

“You made me feel less lonely today. You made me feel less lost.”

How can I properly express and explain how much this book let me down?

The concept is simple enough a compilation of stories written by several authors with just the meet cute of a couple. Romance and fluffiness are in order in every corner and I also get to try new authors. But, well, life can't be perfect and even a perfect concept can be wrongly executed.

I won't say it was completely unenjoyable, becaus
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Total Average Rating of all the Short stories: 3.57 stars

SIEGE ETIQUETTE by Katie Cotugno: 3/5 stars
Wolf and Hailey. The queen bee and the sort of loser. There was a lot going on in the few pages that stirred my curiosity. What happened to her past and what changed with how people treat her. The chemistry between the two definitely exists but alas, it ended too soon. This is definitely an idea that could work really well in a full-blown novel.

PRINT SHOP by Nina La Cour: 4/5 stars
Evie and
Jan 10, 2018 rated it liked it

The Meet Cute anthology was an interesting one. There were so many authors and so many stories. Some I couldn’t wait to end and others I wanted to be extended to fill the pages of a novel. For this review, I’ve tried to review each story featured in this anthology. They’re quite short but I find it difficult to rate an anthology as a whole (3 is what I just figured was the average among these).

This collection definitely was super cute and I do lo
shannon 🏹🧚‍♀️✨⚔️🍂
actually getting more and more excited for this

3.75 out of 5 Stars 🌟

• siege etiquette - 1 star
• print shop - 3 stars
• hourglass - 3.25 stars
• click - 4 stars
• the intern - 4.25 stars
• somewhere that’s green - 2 stars
• the way we love here - 1 star
• oomph - 4 stars
• the dictionary of you and me - 4 stars
• the unlikelihood of falling in love - 4.25 stars
• 259 million miles - 3.75 stars
• something real - 4 stars
• say everything - 4 stars
• the department of dead love - 4 stars
Yusra  ✨
Mar 30, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: reading-next
so gbye to the rest of my tbr, I’m ready for some cute ass stories that can take me away from the ending that was Crystal Storm
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