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The Meet-Cute Project

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  168 ratings  ·  67 reviews
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before meets Save the Date in this sweet and hijinks-filled rom-com about a teen girl who will do whatever it takes to find a date for her sister’s wedding.

Mia’s friends love rom-coms. Mia hates them. They're silly, contrived, and not at all realistic. Besides, there are more important things to worry about—like how to handle living with her brid
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published January 12th 2021 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Lia Carstairs
Thank you Simon & Schuster Canada for gifting me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

I swear to god if this got me into a slump I-

I haven't felt like this since A Deal with the Elf King altho it hasn't even been that long but this was a struggle.😣😭

Mia Hubbard is just your regular junior dealing with the stress of high school, while also being a competitive swimmer and hating rom-coms & romance (in general) with a passion .

But when her older sister, Sam, orders Mia to find a date to h
Ms. Woc Reader
Jan 06, 2021 rated it liked it
The Meet Cute Project follows the very relatable Mia who is tasked with finding a date for her sister's wedding. Her best friends come up with the idea of creating meet cutes in an attempt to find the perfect guy for her.

One of the things that was refreshing was that this felt like it was written for tweens and teens. And it wasn't trying to promote activism or current events. While those books are important we also need books about Black teens just being Black teens navigating high school. Mia
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
Mia, a lover of math not rom-coms, is roped into a meet-cute experiment by her friends to help her find a date for her sisters upcoming wedding. The meet-cutes vary in success, but all have their own successful element and were hilarious to read about. I really did enjoy seeing Mia find more of herself on this journey and not just a boyfriend. Of course that's part of the story, but I feel like she understands herself and (most) of her relationships better at the end of the story and I appreciat ...more
Kris Mauna
Jan 27, 2021 rated it liked it
This book was SUPER cute! I really enjoyed the family dynamics and the sibling relationship was different than what we typically get in a YA contemporary. This story is perfect for young readers who need some boost in their confidence, it was a great coming-of-age book. <3
find the full review & others on my blog 🤍

Trigger warnings: Manipulative family member

The Meet-Cute Project was simply so refreshing. While I love so many rom-com tropes, I love it even more when the characters aren’t white. There’s something so powerful in seeing authors reinvent these tropes and genres. I loved how joyful The Meet-Cute Project was too; while a little stressful at times (okay, maybe I’m just impatient), it was a generally happy story.

The entire time I was reading this, I kept
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
4/5 stars

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Mia has her hands full--it's her junior year of high school, she's in the math club, she's on the swim team, and she's an excellent student. Not to mention she's been helping her sister, Sam, prepare for her wedding. Sam is a little obsessed with making everything perfect and has been relying on Mia a lot. However, she catches Mia off-guard when she forces Mia to bring a date to the wedding. Looking for a date is the last t
Maria (mariareadsbooksalot)
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Ahhh this was adorable!! I really loved how supportive mias friends were, but also critical of her when she needed a little check in with reality (if that makes sense) this book had me guessing which boy she ends up with in the end and I am glad I picked the one I did because wow they are ADORABLE. I loved how all of the different storylines fell into place and how you got to see Mia figure out what she wanted. I also really liked the sibling relationship between mia and Sam. You saw them argue, ...more
Ms. Yingling
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Jan 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
that was really adorable, we really need more of these fun light books, specially after the stressful times we've been through
So the story is about Mia, she is a swimmer and she get really good grades in her school, but the only thing she's lacking is a date to her sister's wedding .. so her friends try to help her by setting her up with eyes to meet them as a "meet-cute" the movies way and how will she find the right guy for her
the book was really fun and I liked that Mia's family is
Jan 04, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: physical-arcs
"𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐥𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐲 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐥 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝, 𝐬𝐨 𝐰𝐡𝐲 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐞𝐬𝐜𝐚𝐩𝐞 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐬?"

𝘛𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘬 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘵𝘰 𝘚𝘪𝘮𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘚𝘤𝘩𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘊𝘢𝘯𝘢𝘥𝘢 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘦 𝘢𝘯 𝘈𝘙𝘊 𝘪𝘯 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘢𝘯 𝘩𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘸!

The Meet-Cute Project is a cute teen rom-com! It follows the story of Mia, who hates rom-coms, while her best friends love them. When her sister tells Mia needs to find a date for her wedding, her friends decide to set up meet-cutes to solve her problem. This is a coming of age story that covers teen romance, realistic f
Caryn - iam.caryn
This is a great book that’s geared towards teen YA readers. The story has a fantastic and relatable narrator. The entire plot idea was clever and fun.

If you have a teen reader in your life who is looking for a unique twist on romance, they’ll enjoy this one.

*Disclaimer* I received an ARC from Simon and Schuster Canada. An honest review was provided.
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
A fun book by a debut author

I love meeting debut authors! However, it is often difficult to discern whether a book by an unknown author will be a clean read without a recommendation - which is always a priority of mine. I was intrigued by the synopsis of The Meet-Cute Project and therefore decided to give it a try.

Told entirely from Mia's perspective, this is a fun and insightful coming-of-age story. As she and her friends attempt to help her find a date for her sister's wedding, their attempts
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
The Meet-Cute Project is a positively adorable, flufftastic YA contemporary about a girl whose friends help her find a date for her sister's wedding by setting her up on meet-cutes with guys they know. Obviously it's a series of misadventures. The comps on this one are totally accurate, so if you like those books, this is worth a read. Personally, I enjoyed it more than Save the Date, and it has the same focus on family followed by the romance; to me, the family and friend feels far exceeded the ...more
Jan 08, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arcs-ng, arcs, aty2021
Mia Hubbard has enough on her plate between swim team, math club, volunteer work, and making it through her junior year of high school - not to mention her bridezilla sister's impending wedding. So when she's told she has just a few months to find a date to that wedding, her friends rally round to help her out - by orchestrating a series of romcom meet-cutes... what could possibly go wrong?

The Meet-Cute Project sounds like such a cute premise, but the nitty-gritty of that premise is more than a
michelle (magical reads)
3.5 stars

rep: ownvoices Black protagonist, love interest, and side characters

this was good! I liked that it focused a lot on Mia and her relationship with her sister and her friends, as well as herself. the romance was a bit lighter than I thought it would be although tbh the way these meet-cute situations played out was more realistic than anything
Alexis (hookedtobooks)
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, contemporary
Thank you Simon and Schuster Canada for the copy of this book.
This was a really cute story of a young teen who tries to create a "meet-cute" in order to find a date for her sisters wedding. I loved the concept and the premise of the book, and the characters were fun. Mia is 16 and I liked how witty she was. It was her friends idea to stage "meet-cutes" and she thinks the romantic comedy movies they watch are silly, so she is not really on board. But through the process she learns a bit about he
Sierra the Nerdgirl
Jan 27, 2021 rated it liked it
More like 2.8 stars. I wish I had liked this book more but it was extremely basic and underdeveloped. Read more like a first draft. And it didn’t quite feel like YA. Almost like something between YA and Middle Grade. It was so predictable that I really could have gone without finishing it and known exactly what was going to happen. The book was like 80% tell, 20% show. Like even the writing and dialogue itself was so plain and single layered. I wanted this to be better because the author is a a ...more
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Meet-Cute Project by Rhiannon Richardson is the story of Mia, a relatable high school student who is tasked with finding a date to her sister's upcoming wedding. Mia's friends devise a plan to arrange meet-cutes for Mia to help her find a relationship. The meet-cutes in the book were funny and the overall story was cute. I enjoyed Mia's character and loved that the book was focused primarily on Mia discovering and learning more about herself rather than just on the relationships in the story ...more
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, romance
Let me start this review by saying that I absolutely loved this book!

Mia, our teenage narrator and main protagonist, must suddenly confront the status of her love life (and, in turn, her life in general), when her older sister Sam insists Mia find a date to her wedding to keep the number of bridesmaids and groomsmen even. When Mia turns to her friends for help, they decide on organizing a series of "meet cutes" like in the movies, convinced this will be the key to helping Mia find her match.

Jan 21, 2021 rated it liked it
The Meet-Cute Project is a super cute romantic comedy that is a ton of fun! Mia is striving for perfection while feeling that she has to measure up to her older sister - who is not only brilliant and beautiful, but is also getting married and has turned into a complete bridezilla. So when Mia is tasked with finding a new date for the wedding, her friends decide to help out by orchestrating a ton of 'meet cutes' with boys they know to give Mia the best chance for finding a date.

Mia has a lot of
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 This book has romance meet-cutes to make you feel warm and fuzzy. Although for me meet-cutes produce high anxiety. There's always some small disaster.
Mia needs a date for her bridezilla sister Sam's wedding or she will have to go with the groom's very creepy bordering on problematic younger brother. Her friends agree to arrange meet-cutes for her similar to the ones in the romantic comedies they have all watched together. They all vie to find her the best date to her sister's wedding.
Alexis (The Book Democracy)
4/5 Stars

** I received this as an E-ARC from Edelweiss Plus and the publisher in exchange for my honest review, Thank you!**

This was a cute YA romance contemporary. I thought the idea of creating your own meet-cute was a fun idea. I did enjoy the main character, she felt relatable and real. The only thing that really made me enjoy this book less was the main character's sister. This is completely a personal thing. I just didn't care for the sister, I felt that she was rude, unreasonable, and d
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, ya
I received an eARC courtesy of Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.

Overall, this is a solid addition to the YA romcom genre and I am giving it major applause for diversity. On the negative side, the ending. Did it make me happy? Yes. But it also seemed really abrupt. I guess it is a good sign that I wanted more story. I look forward to more from Rhiannon Richardson.

For Libraries: If you have fans of contemporary YA romance, you can't go wrong h
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was ok
Disappointed, some good ideas but not really well executed, a lot of things felt like glimpses or just something that pop up and then go away, the romance felt flat and had a lot of "telling not showing", the friends and family where more frustrating than anything (I probably shouldn't have read it while preparing my sister's weeding) and I honestly didn't care enough about mia to keep my interest.
In conclusion, it could've been good but wasn't and we're left with a less well written version of
Elizabeth Mellen
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. This was cute, and totally my fault but I wasn't remembering that it was YA when I actually sat down to read it, so maybe I just wasn't in quite the right mood. It was *very* predictable, which isn't necessarily a bad thing in a romance, but I was a little bored with how long it took her to figure some things out. The sister's wedding was a fun sub-plot and I enjoyed the disastrous titular meet cutes. ...more
Sarah Sammis
The Meet-Cute Project by Rhiannon Richardson is a YA romance set against the impending deadline of an older sister's wedding. Mia's sister Sam is getting married and has demanded that she bring along a date to the big event. Mia isn't currently dating anyone and doesn't know how to go about finding a date; she'd rather focus on Math Team, Swim Team, and documentaries. Her BFFs, though, love rom-coms and have a plan.

Like Mia, I'm not much of rom-com watcher. When I watch romantic comedies I tend
Feb 18, 2021 rated it liked it
As a fan of rom coms and meet cutes, I loved the idea of this book, but it wasn't exactly what I was expecting. The meet cutes her friends came up with were really just set ups, but I guess it would be hard to actually plan a meet cute. Also, I didn't like the characters that much. Mia was selfish and oblivious for a lot of the book and her sister was even more selfish, though they did get better towards the end. There were some cute scenes and it avoided a lot of the usual high school tropes. ...more
Feb 22, 2021 rated it liked it
This wasn’t really in my wheelhouse so I was a little bored, but I’d happily recommend it to my library’s teen patrons as it was cute, relatable, and a pretty clean read (Ever since a parent got mad at me when I recommended a PG-13 book to their teen I’m always on the lookout for these. 😬😬)
Feb 24, 2021 rated it liked it
Mia needs a date to her sisters wedding so her friends plan to set up "meet cutes" so she can find the one. I liked the idea, but I found that parts of the story really dragged and the end was rushed. ...more
Victoria | The Contented Reader
Super light and fluffy debut novel! Enjoyable writing and the perfect plot for romcom lovers!

Special thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada for the early copy!
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