“Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet” is a collection of stories by various YA authors about the probabilities of two individuals meeting and falling in love. This YA book is sure to draw sales from the fans of this genre. The authors include Katie Cotugno (“How to Love,” “Top Ten,” “99 Days”), Nina LaCour, ( “Hold Still”, “The Disenchantments,” “Everything Leads to You”) and Katharine McGee (The Thousandth Floor). Here are my top picks among the book’s collection of stories.
# 6: Say Everything
by Huntley Fitzpatrick. Geek Rate: Mortal Worthy (3 out of 5 stars).
We’ve read this story many times in a YA novel: a popular guy wooing a shy girl, this time a waitress in a local deli. But this is not an ordinary popular guy dates a nerdy girl kind of story. The twist in the middle gives it gravitas and transcends the story into something deeper. What am I talking about? Best read the book to find out.
#5 Siege Etiquette
by Katie Cotugno. Geek Rate: Sun god Worthy (4 out of 5 stars).
Expect Katie Cotugno to come up with a very YA story but one that you would be captivated to until the end. It’s just a bathroom encounter between a popular girl and a homeschooled boy during a party. The dialogue between them will tell the readers about their stories and how this particular moment sparks something between the two of them. You have to read it to feel the intensity of that single scene. In just a few pages, Katie has created magic.
by Katharine McGee. Geek Rate: Sun god Worthy (4 out of 5 stars).
A story about algorithms and how it can predict love. It can’t, I’m telling you now. There’s math in here that I love. While the premise is not new, the setting and the story, especially how it was written, were smooth. A girl, who created a dating app which boast about a compatibility algorithm, tries it for the first time. The date would be a disaster but the girl will learn that algorithms could not create chemistry.
#3 The Unlikely Likelihood of Falling In Love
by Jocelyn Davies. Geek Rate: Sun god Worthy (4 out of 5 stars).
A girl writes a thesis about the probability of meeting the same guy in the subway station at the same exact time, twice. The central theme is cheesy but how it was written will hook you until the end. The combination of romance and mathematical probabilities is very well executed. After reading, you might want to take a ride in a subway and test the story’s thesis.
#2 Something Real
by Julie Murphy. Geek Rate: Sky god Worthy (5 out of 5 stars).
This is a refreshing read. Two girls entered into a dating show to have a chance to go in a date with their singer idol. The ending is what makes this story cool. The silliness of a live show was also discussed in this story, as well as, the bad side of stars and staff behind it. This is a fun read with serious discussions of loss and seeing the beauty in yourself.
#1 The Dictionary of You and Me
by Jennifer Armentrout. Geek Rate: Sky god Worthy (5 out of 5 stars).
I admit to falling in love with YA stories every now and then, and Jennifer Armentrout’s story about a girl student working in a library and a boy who borrowed this dictionary definitely did ring that romantic bell on my brain. The story is simple: a girl was in constant contact to this boy borrower who fails to return this dictionary for months. Their conversations over the phone is funny and highly intellectual, with the boy using the words in the dictionary to woo this girl. It’s as geeky as it can be. And when they finally meet? We’ll as we say in our home country: I’m so kilig.