Review by Booklist Review
What's a romance without that first meeting? In this anthology, 14 popular YA authors play with the first steps of a love story. Most of the stories are grounded in realism, although some dabble with potential near-future technologies (Katharine McGee's Click, Nicola Yoon's The Department of Dead Love, and Kass Morgan's 259 Million Miles). Meanwhile, Dhonielle Clayton's The Way We Love Here is a fantasy filled with boundless possibilities. Many of the stories feature LGBT couples (Nina LaCour's Print Shop, Meredith Russo's Somewhere That's Green, Emery Lord's Oomph, and Julie Murphy's Something Real). Other standouts include Ibi Zoboi's Hourglass, in which a plus-sized African American girl longs to escape her small, mostly white town, and Jocelyn Davies' The Unlikelihood of Falling in Love, about a statistics whiz who tries to quantify love. The stories work best when the titular meet cute is a side effect, not the main focus, but most succeed. Ultimately a well-rounded, charming collection of love stories that any reader will be happy to meet.--Reagan, Maggie Copyright 2017 Booklist
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review
"This might be a love story, so I want to tell it the right way," begins Nina LaCour's entry in an anthology celebrating serendipitous run-ins that feel bigger than coincidence, in this case a customer-service-related flirtation between two teenage girls. Contributions from Huntley Fitzpatrick, Meredith Russo, Sara Shepard, Nicola Yoon, Ibi Zoboi, and others add to an enjoyable and diverse collection that never feels repetitive, despite the stories' shared thematic underpinnings. Dhonielle Clayton offers a enticing fantasy in which a girl attempts to see the love that the gods have destined for her when a boy appears at her feet. Jennifer L. Armentrout's playful "The Dictionary of You and Me" involves an overdue library book, and Jocelyn Davies charms with a tale about New York City junior Samara, who tries to quantify fate for a statistics project after a missed connection on the subway. The stories vary in genre, and although many involve love at first sight, others are about seeing someone in a new light. All 14 leave just enough magic and mystery to inspire readers to trust in a little bit of fate. An Alloy Entertainment property. Ages 14-up. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Review by Horn Book Review
These fourteen different stories from well-known YA authors (including Julie Murphy, Nicola Yoon, and Ibi Zoboi) have one thing in common: they're about how two characters meet under unexpected circumstances, better known in rom-coms as a meet-cute. This modern romance collection offers refreshing diversity in its settings, story lines, and characters, and each story tantalizingly leaves readers wondering whether or not these new relationships will lead to lasting love. (c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Review by Kirkus Book Review
Fourteen short stories from prominent authors for teens explore the moments when two people first meet.The collection's title suggests that these stories will showcase first encounters that wrap up with happily-ever-after endings. Many of the stories do deliver; several even end with first kisses. But occasionally the stories offer endings that are tinged with sadness, preventing the collection from becoming saccharine. Characters who share a genuine connection are separated by circumstances, whether it's traveling in vastly different high school social circles or being sent on a one-way mission to Mars. Topics beyond romance add complexity, as characters grapple with grief, financial hardships, and body-image issues. The collection is a welcome departure from strictly heterosexual romance, including cisgirl-meets-girl and transgirl-meets-girl connections in addition to girl-meets-boy scenarios. There are nods to modern dating with computerized matching services, reality TV, and introductions via social media. There's futuristic science fiction and a story that 1980s movie fans will recognize as a nod to Say Anything. The stories include great banter, the determination to find a boy from a crowded subway train, and the message that the rewards of love outweigh the potential pain of loss.A collection that adds much-needed diversity to the existing teen-romance genre. (Romance. 14-18) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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