The Meet-Cute Project
Published by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date January 12, 2021
Genres: Young Adult, Clean Romance
Setting: Illinois Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 15-18
Written for: High-School/Young Adult
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 bridezilla sister, Sam, who’s never appreciated Mia, and surviving junior year juggling every school club offered and acing all of her classes.
So when Mia is tasked with finding a date to her sister’s wedding, her options are practically nonexistent.
Mia’s friends, however, have an idea. It’s a little crazy, a little out there, and a lot inspired by the movies they love that Mia begrudgingly watches too.
Mia just needs a meet-cute.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
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 to manufacture the classic “meet-cute” were fun! And, ironically, she had one and just didn’t realize it.
I enjoyed Mia and her friends and grinned at the failures they encountered as they schemed to contrive the perfect meet-cute. I won’t give too many details but let’s just say that buying gloves, dogs, and being stood up by Darth Vader were some of the fun events. And I was surprised by a few of the twists along the way.
The writing is compelling and felt like a high-school junior wrote it (in a good way!). I was impressed (and glad) that the party Mia and her friends attended didn’t have underage drinking or drugs.
One disappointment, if you can even call it that, was that a character was grounded and though the reason behind the punishment it was explained, the incident that called for it was not. The behavior seemed out of character and I’m sure there is more to it, and now I may never know what it was. But that’s a minor complaint and shouldn’t detract from anyone’s enjoyment of the story.
Unlike many of the stories I read and review, this one is not written from a Judaeo-Christian perspective, nor is it advertised to be. It is clean of language concerns and has a kiss or two but nothing more explicit. There are mentions, though, of a budding relationship between two girls and that Mia’s sister Sam lives with her fiancé. Please be aware if this is a concern for you.