First Chapter Tuesday Intros: Meet Cute

Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet

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 Tweet, Sara Shepard’s glossy tale about a magazine intern and a young rock star, Nicola Yoon’s imaginative take on break-ups and make-ups, Katie Cotugno’s story of two teens hiding out from the police at a house party, and Huntley Fitzpatrick’s charming love story that begins over iced teas at a diner. There’s futuristic flirting from Kass Morgan and Katharine McGee, a riveting transgender heroine from Meredith Russo, a subway missed connection moment from Jocelyn Davies, and a girl determined to get out of her small town from Ibi Zoboi. Jennifer Armentrout writes a sweet story about finding love from a missing library book, Emery Lord has a heartwarming and funny tale of two girls stuck in an airport, Dhonielle Clayton takes a thoughtful, speculate approach to pre-destined love, and Julie Murphy dreams up a fun twist on reality dating show contestants. 

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Review: Attachments

AttachmentsAttachments by Rainbow Rowell

My rating: 3.5/5 stars.

MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE BOOK:
I had great fun reading this book! Not a lot happens, but I’m a hopeless romantic who was pulled in by the main protags’ quirkiness.

CHARACTERS/DYNAMICS:

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Beth aka Bridget Jones with a filter: I loved Beth and found her completely relatable. I totally agreed with her reasoning and shyness.

Jennifer was the more funny and interesting character, however sadly she was more of a support-role than main character. I highly valued Jen’s views on marriage, pregnancy and feminism. It wasn’t overbearing and for me, I was so glad to finally see a woman who wasn’t focused on having, or even liking, children.

Lincoln was the shining star in this book (for me), and I loved his character development. It was subtle yet profound. His backstory was heart-breaking but also reminded me of History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera.


Just to be clear; this is not a love triangle. Well, at least for these three anyways^.

I mostly valued how this book represents long-term relationships, whether they fall apart or grow stronger, and whether it’s a waste of time to spend on somebody who you’re not going to end up with.

PLOT:
This plot is achingly slow, but worth it. Now don’t get me wrong, my favourite work by Rowell is Eleanor & Park, but this was really great to read now that I’m older. Plus, the 90s nostalgia was certainly enjoyable, and barely mentioned mainstream highlights!

STRUCTURE:
There’s something like 82 chapters in this book! Holy heck! I barely even noticed since I gobbled it up. For the majority of the book, you either see the email/chat log of Beth and Jennifer, or you see Lincoln’s bystander reactions. The emails flew well and you could barely tell they were script-like.

QUOTES:
I can’t find the quote but there’s a time when (view spoiler) I can’t find the exact quote.

THE ENDING:
Too short IMO, but I get that Rowell was building up to her “meet-cute” moment.

Weekend Cooking #3

Nope, I don’t cook. So here’s a collection of cute food-related book shoots that I find pretty 😀

By Beth Fish Reads, open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book (novel, nonfiction) reviews, cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, quotations, photographs.

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