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We Can't Keep Meeting Like This

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  484 ratings  ·  261 reviews
A wedding harpist disillusioned with love and a hopeless romantic cater-waiter flirt and fight their way through a summer of weddings in this effervescent romantic comedy from the acclaimed author of Today Tonight Tomorrow.

Quinn Berkowitz and Tarek Mansour’s families have been in business together for years: Quinn’s parents are wedding planners, and Tarek’s own a catering
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 8th 2021 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Mar 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
I love Ms. Solomon’s brilliant works so much! She nails both of adult and young adult genres and creates sweet, sensible characters you easily connect and writes remarkable stories of them.

However this new book is a little different from her previous works. I loved her choice to approach sensitive subjects like mental diseases including OCD, depression and diversity issues including race, religion and LGTBQ.

Those parts of the book and centering the story around two families work on wedding p
Emma Lord
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Still feeling extremely lucky to have read this book prior to its release. It pushes so many of my happy buttons: honest depictions of teens struggling with personal issues, sex positivity, friendship, finding yourself, glorious descriptions of dessert, the urge to yell "I SHIP IT!!" from the very beginning that carries you through the whole story. Very few Rachel Lynn Solomon fans will be surprised that she has Delivered (TM) yet again. But even knowing I'd enjoy it, it was a freaking delight t ...more
Sydney | sydneys.books
"Sometimes the world is terrible, and love stories... they make it feel less heavy."

After the incredible love for Today Tonight Tomorrow, I couldn't wait to see Rachel Lynn Solomon deliver another sex positive, Jewish centered contemporary novel, but this time with a flood of eager readers who have finally discovered her pure talent. Being an OG fan of an author means seeing them reach new readers is as joyful for you as it is for them. Although this is too heavy to be a romcom, the trademar
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
no cos like WHY is this author so good at providing me with the messy romantic escapism i’m always craving
We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This is many things; it’s funny, it’s charming, it’s a love letter to rom coms and wedding season and Seattle, but what truly makes it shine — and what has cemented it on my favorites list — is its exploration of breaking away from predetermined paths, standing up for yourself, and its honest mental health representation.

full review here
nick (the infinite limits of love)

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I have genuinely loved every single book by Rachel Lynn Solomon and she keeps impressing me with every release. We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This, with the author’s signature charm and sweet love stories, totally wowed me. It’s a book that left my heart full and truly, what more can you ask of a good read?

Quinn is the protagonist of the novel and she works with her parents at their wedding planning business. Throug
Rachel Griffin
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to read an early version of this book, and OH MY GOSH. This book is SO clever and kept me laughing out loud the whole time. It's so funny while also being incredibly genuine, and that pairing made it an easy 5-star read for me. Quinn is a fantastic main character who I was rooting for from the very first page, and Tarek is the perfect love interest for her: thoughtful, kind, and oh-so-swoony. I absolutely LOVED this book and cannot wait to put it on the shelf with the rest of ...more
Lindsay (pawsomereads)
May 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Rachel Lynn Solomon is quickly becoming one of my new favorite authors! This is the third book of hers that I’ve read and I really enjoyed it. Her characters complex yet so easy to relate to and her plots are always super engaging.
We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This follows Quinn Berkowitz, a Jewish high school grad & harpist disillusioned with love, who isn’t sure she wants to be part of her family’s wedding planning business but doesn’t know how to them. Tarek Mansour, a Muslim college student, i
Sophie Gonzales
Mar 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Rachel Lynn Solomon has done it again! For the hopeless romantics, and for the ones who wish they could be, We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This will keep you well fed. The sort of book that leaves you feeling better about the world than you did before you began, you’ll want to pick this one up for the lovable characters, Solomon’s trademark tender focus on family, and the heartfelt exploration of what it means to be truly vulnerable.
 ⛅ Saniya (sunnysidereviews) ⛅
4.5 stars!

This book will punch you in the gut, but in the best way possible.

Incredibly poignant and heart-wrenching, Rachel Lynn Solomon delivers a young adult contemporary unlike any other. To start off, the book wasn’t predictable at all, which is quite rare for me in terms of YA romance. Furthermore, the initial plot of We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This had me thinking this would just be a romantic comedy, and boy was I wrong! This was such a rich novel, whose characters laid bare on the page.
Jenn Leishman
May 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021-releases
“and sometimes the world is terrible, and love stories... they make it feel less heavy.”

it’s been forever since i’ve read this perfect of a young adult book. until now, i hadn’t ever read any rachel lynn solomon books, but by the time i’m writing this review, i’ve already read another one as well. i’m not even kidding when i say i’m in love with her writing. wckmlt is the ultimate grumpy/sunshine friends to lovers, which are literally my two favorite tropes. following quinn, jewish and the daugh
Jun 04, 2021 rated it did not like it
Would "woke" non-Muslim Americans just stop fucking praising the Muslim representation in this book? Because as a Muslim I think it's trash. Thank you.

"My parents aren't nearly as religious as their parents were," he says. "But some things have just sort of stuck? Like we work with a halal butcher, but not everything we eat or serve is halal. My mom drinks, but my dad doesn't, and, well, you saw me do it at the beach. And I've had sex before marriage."

Why is it that every time there's Muslim
Apr 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Trigger warnings: (view spoiler)

I love everything Rachel Lynn Solomon writes. I really do. This one made me SO happy, I loved the romance, the family relationships, the friendships, the siblings relationships, I don't know, I had such a great time with this one. Definitely recommending it.
Full review coming soon!

A million thanks to the publisher for sending me an e-ARC through NetGalley. This did not, in any way, influence my thought
May 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
4.5 stars

A big thank you to Simon and Schuster for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinions in any way.

We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This is a fluffy, laugh-out-loud, feel good young adult contemporary that deals with heavy topics in the right way and shows tremendous character growth.

Quinn comes from a family of wedding planners. She’s grown up looking at bridal gowns and extravagant cakes. But she doesn’t believe in true love. Dealin
Jenna | JennaStopReading
Jun 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Solomon knocked it out of the park with this one per usual. The diverse cast, mental health representation, and Seattle setting captured my heart. And her little Easter egg with characters from her last YA book? LOVED IT. So glad to catch up with those characters a bit. 4.5 ⭐️ from me and so many feels
michelle (magical reads)
3.5 stars

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rep: Jewish protagonist with OCD, Egyptian-American love interest with depression, Jewish side characters, Jewish wlw side character, Black wlw side character

**I received an ARC from the publisher through Edelweiss. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**

A wedding planner who doesn’t believe in love–that’s what I’d be if I joined the family business.

I loved this author’s last two releases, so I was so excited for her next b
We Can't Keep Meeting like this is my third book by this author.

I've read this author's YA book (Today Tonight Tomorrow) and her adult rom-com (The Ex Talk). The genre of this new book actually seems like like a mix of these two books. We Can't Keep Meeting Like this is teen fiction/romance. But it is also part rom-com. The characters are 18-19 and are learning who they are going to be as adults. But they are dealing with real problems. So it is a bit of realistic fiction.

The book takes place i
Hannah B.
✨You need to hear me out and they said speak now✨

The beginning of this book was exactly what I wanted and expected from a Rachel Lynn Solomon book. It was a warm summer’s night wrapped in fairy lights kind of comfort; a long walk down a perfect spiral staircase in your best dress kind of setting. But by the end, the string of lights seemed to flicker out and I tripped three steps up from the landing. I wanted so desperately to love it but I finished the last page with lackluster thoughts and no
Kate (GirlReading)
Funny, swoon worthy and honest, this childhood best friend-to-lovers second chance romance has officially solidified Rachel Lynn Solomon as one of my favourite contemporary authors.

There is so much to love about this book.
- Quinn, a Jewish harpist with OCD and anxiety, was the most wonderful character to follow. She's bold, vulnerable, scared, witty, charming and anxious. Her journey and uncertainty about what life after high school has in store for her is something I have no doubt many of us
Katie Prouty
May 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"May you always have that top-of-the-Emipre-State-Building kind of love."

👏🏼 Rachel Lynn Solomon. (Stands up). You did it again! 👏🏼

Major swooning. Characters who have burrowed their way into my soul. My heart was fluttering. Quinn has spent too long convincing herself that romance isn't real. She doesn't believe in grand-gesture movie romance. Tarek is the complete opposite. Every cell in his body is die-hard-romance. Tarek is THE sweetest boy who bakes all the sweet things and his favorite mov
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Review to come!
Rameela (Star)
May 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
Initial thoughts: This book made me so anxious because it hit the "parental expectations and unintentional guilt trip" thing a bit too hard on the head and brought out that older child of immigrants syndrome right out onto the page.

My one major complaint of this book is that Tarek was Muslim... except it was mentioned once in one paragraph (of course it was about pork) and then NEVER MENTIONED AGAIN. It bothered me a lot not because he was non practicing (which could have bothered me a lot more
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
Rachel Lynn Solomon has a way of crafting such earnest and relatable characters who leap off the page and into my heart. We Can't Keep Meeting Like This follows Quinn Berkowitz, a romance skeptic, as she spends her summer reluctantly playing part in her family's wedding planning business alongside her friend, turned crush, turned awkward we haven't spoke in a year since I admitted my feelings for you and you left for college, Tarek Mansour, who's never met a grand gesture he didn't love. But fat ...more
Stephanie (read_with_steph)
While I know Rachel Lynn Solomon started in YA, my first book of hers was The Ex Talk. Since it was a top read of me for 2020, I was super excited to read We Can't Keep Meeting Like This, and it did not disappoint.

Recently graduated from high school Quinn is dragged into her parents' wedding business for another summer, despite it not being what she wants at all. At first being in close proximity to the caterer's cute son is an additional drawback, given that she professed her crush on him last
ARC received!!!

Thank you so much, Simon & Schuster for Young Readers.

The premise of this sounds absolutely adorable and I'm sure it will be filled with Solomon's good humor as well. Yayeeeee!
Stay Fetters
Apr 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
"Sometimes the good outweighs the bad. Sometimes those great times are so f****ng great that they make the bad times a little easier to handle."

Rachel Lynn Solomon is one of those authors that always lifts my spirits. Her books deal with a lot more than just romance. They hit many major topics without being overwhelming. They really make you think and appreciate who you are inside and out. You cannot find a more positive writer than Rachel. So I knew that this book was going to be spectacular.

May 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved every single thing about this book!

Quinn doesn’t believe in grand gestures or true love, but Tarek does. When Quinn writes Tarek an email, confessing her feelings for him, she doesn’t hear back from him the whole year. Quinn works with her family’s wedding planning business and was surprised to find Tarek back from college for the summer, working with his family’s catering company. The two are determined to rekindle their friendship. However, along the journey, they realize the importan
Jun 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-netgalley
There's something about the emotions that certain books evoke that makes it hard to write about them. It's as if no amount of putting words together and endlessly rephrasing things will truly convey the way the book made you feel, so why bother? But I'm going to give it my best shot anyway.

We Can't Keep Meeting Like This follows Quinn and Tarek over a summer of weddings that they work together. It's about the nature of romance, the importance of communication, and figuring out what you do (and d
Daphnee (daphneereads)
May 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
We Can't Keep Meeting Like This was so good. While I had some issues with Quinn, the MC, at first, it did not last long. Wedding planning, baking and love, what do you need more? I find it was a very original YA and again, I think I will read anything Rachel Lynn Solomon writes.

TW: OCD, anxiety, depression, talk about divorce

*I did write a note about not reading this book before going to sleep and it's because I related a lot to the OCD and anxiety the MC has, which would sometimes trigger anxie
May 26, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This puts Quinn Berkowitz at the centre in this cute, heartwarming YA novel. While balancing her family, work, and her inner struggles and a sense of uncertainty about life after high school, Quinn again comes face to face with the one person she truly felt strongly about, Tarek Mansour. With their families working together frequently in the wedding planning business, Quinn and Tarek were once close. Will they finally have their chance?

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Rachel Lynn Solomon is the bestselling author of love stories for teens and adults, including The Ex Talk, Today Tonight TomorrowWe Can't Keep Meeting Like This, and Weather Girl. Originally from Seattle, she's currently navigating expat life with her husband in Amsterdam, where she's on a mission to try as many Dutch sweets as possible. ...more

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