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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 brid 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.


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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 brid 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.

30 review for The Meet-Cute Project

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lia Carstairs

    Thank you Simon & Schuster Canada for gifting me an ARC in exchange for an honest review! I swear to god if this got me into a slump I- I haven't felt like this since A Deal with the Elf King altho it hasn't even been that long but this was a struggle.😣😭 Mia Hubbard is just your regular junior dealing with the stress of high school, while also being a competitive swimmer and hating rom-coms & romance (in general) with a passion . But when her older sister, Sam, orders Mia to find a date to h Thank you Simon & Schuster Canada for gifting me an ARC in exchange for an honest review! I swear to god if this got me into a slump I- I haven't felt like this since A Deal with the Elf King altho it hasn't even been that long but this was a struggle.😣😭 Mia Hubbard is just your regular junior dealing with the stress of high school, while also being a competitive swimmer and hating rom-coms & romance (in general) with a passion . But when her older sister, Sam, orders Mia to find a date to her upcoming wedding . . . well, now Mia is on the hunt for someone to go with and what better way to find one then to do a meet-cute? (of course her friends thought of that) So it starts. The many meet-cutes that are set up between Mia and some other random guys. And of course the ✨drama✨. Honestly, this probably wasn't as bad as I make it sound and it was definitely a "me" thing, but I was very, very bored.😢 I usually enjoy contemporaries such as this, but I couldn't really care that much about Mia and the rest of the cast. And again, the romance was meh. I didn't like the love interest, or more like . . . I didn't care at all about him. He didn't even appear that much compared to the other boys in the meet-cutes, which is funny bc you'd think Mia and him would have lots of encounters. Oh well.😕 Also, I did NOT see at all how this was a "To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before meets Save the Date" . I haven't read 'Save the Date', so I don't know about that but "To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before"??? Howww??? I don't see how this in any way shape or form was related to that. *confusion* But I did love the diversity in this book! Definitely give this a try if you love rom-coms, a large cast of diverse characters, and the strong bond between family and friends. (2.5⭐) -------------- Pre-read Review: Drama drama drama😏

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Woc Reader

    The Meet Cute Project follows the very relatable Mia who is tasked with finding a date for her sister's wedding. Her best friends come up with the idea of creating meet cutes in an attempt to find the perfect guy for her. One of the things that was refreshing was that this felt like it was written for tweens and teens. And it wasn't trying to promote activism or current events. While those books are important we also need books about Black teens just being Black teens navigating high school. Mia The Meet Cute Project follows the very relatable Mia who is tasked with finding a date for her sister's wedding. Her best friends come up with the idea of creating meet cutes in an attempt to find the perfect guy for her. One of the things that was refreshing was that this felt like it was written for tweens and teens. And it wasn't trying to promote activism or current events. While those books are important we also need books about Black teens just being Black teens navigating high school. Mia is apart of her school's swim team, she has a close knit group of friends, and she's starting to think about what colleges she wants to apply to. Mia has a much older sister named Sam who is being a bit of a bridezilla while planning her wedding. It was interesting seeing their relationship because of their age difference and being at two different points in their lives. Sam often takes it upon herself to be a parental figure to Mia because she believes their parents are slacking with her compared to when she was her age. It starts off a little slow but picks up as we get further into the story. Mia has a close knit group of friends and they attempt to stage meet cutes at stores, parties, and even the dog park. I had a hard time picturing what her potential love interests looked like though because there was little description of what they looked like. But I appreciated that they weren't the cookie cutter YA love interests. No dark haired goofy bad boys in sight. I liked that the ups and downs of friendships also played a big part in this book as Mia navigates close friendships as well as team friendships and branching outside of her bubble. Overall this was a cute book with realistic friendships, family relationships, and first romance. Teens who like slow burn romance will enjoy this. I want to thank Simon & Schuster for granting me an early copy of this book in exchange for review. I really wasn't sure what to expect from this one. It was compared to To All the Boys I've Loved Before but nothing about it from the tone to the storyline was reminiscent of that book. Which isn't a bad thing. We need more stories that don't feel like the buzzed about book of the moment. Originally posted at https://womenofcolorreadtoo.blogspot....

  3. 4 out of 5

    Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)

    Mia, a lover of math not rom-coms, is roped into a meet-cute experiment by her friends to help her find a date for her sisters upcoming wedding. The meet-cutes vary in success, but all have their own successful element and were hilarious to read about. I really did enjoy seeing Mia find more of herself on this journey and not just a boyfriend. Of course that's part of the story, but I feel like she understands herself and (most) of her relationships better at the end of the story and I appreciat Mia, a lover of math not rom-coms, is roped into a meet-cute experiment by her friends to help her find a date for her sisters upcoming wedding. The meet-cutes vary in success, but all have their own successful element and were hilarious to read about. I really did enjoy seeing Mia find more of herself on this journey and not just a boyfriend. Of course that's part of the story, but I feel like she understands herself and (most) of her relationships better at the end of the story and I appreciated that. While this was cute, but I do feel like some scenes were missing. There was quite a few times where a twist happened, or some drama came to a head, and the next scene was post resolution and we got to see nothing. I was a little upset after the first time, but after like the fourth it was honestly a bit frustrating. Unfortunately, I didn't love Sam, Mia's older sister much either, which seriously pains me as sister relationships is something that always makes me want to pick up a book, but I found her incredibly selfish (beyond typical bridal syndrome) and unlikeable. Though they did have a few nice moments where I was cheering for them. I wasn't too hot on Mia's friends either, especially Grace. But I really don't feel like I know any of them well enough to pass judgement. But it's hard not to enjoy a meet-cute centric romantic comedy, so I still had a great time reading this. This story try was just so much fun and easy to read. There are plenty of funny and awkward moments to keep you engaged, but some genuine heart there as well. I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kris Mauna

    This book was SUPER cute! I really enjoyed the family dynamics and the sibling relationship was different than what we typically get in a YA contemporary. This story is perfect for young readers who need some boost in their confidence, it was a great coming-of-age book. <3

  5. 4 out of 5

    cossette

    find the full review & others on my blog 🤍 Trigger warnings: Manipulative family member The Meet-Cute Project was simply so refreshing. While I love so many rom-com tropes, I love it even more when the characters aren’t white. There’s something so powerful in seeing authors reinvent these tropes and genres. I loved how joyful The Meet-Cute Project was too; while a little stressful at times (okay, maybe I’m just impatient), it was a generally happy story. The entire time I was reading this, I kept find the full review & others on my blog 🤍 Trigger warnings: Manipulative family member The Meet-Cute Project was simply so refreshing. While I love so many rom-com tropes, I love it even more when the characters aren’t white. There’s something so powerful in seeing authors reinvent these tropes and genres. I loved how joyful The Meet-Cute Project was too; while a little stressful at times (okay, maybe I’m just impatient), it was a generally happy story. The entire time I was reading this, I kept thinking about how it reminded me of She Loves Me. While some of this book was predictable, I didn’t find myself minding at all. In fact, the predictability was what made it good. I loved the call back to other rom-coms as well, and I’ll be sure to add the ones I haven’t already watched to my watch list. Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a fast and fun read, especially one that is filled with only the kind of joy that rom-com movies can bring to you. A wonderful debut for Richardson, and I cannot wait to see what she writes next!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    4/5 stars I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Mia has her hands full--it's her junior year of high school, she's in the math club, she's on the swim team, and she's an excellent student. Not to mention she's been helping her sister, Sam, prepare for her wedding. Sam is a little obsessed with making everything perfect and has been relying on Mia a lot. However, she catches Mia off-guard when she forces Mia to bring a date to the wedding. Looking for a date is the last t 4/5 stars I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Mia has her hands full--it's her junior year of high school, she's in the math club, she's on the swim team, and she's an excellent student. Not to mention she's been helping her sister, Sam, prepare for her wedding. Sam is a little obsessed with making everything perfect and has been relying on Mia a lot. However, she catches Mia off-guard when she forces Mia to bring a date to the wedding. Looking for a date is the last thing Mia wants to do; she doesn't have much free time and her options are limited. Her friends decide Mia needs a meet-cute like in rom-coms. They take turns setting her up for these meet-cutes and all kinds of chaos ensues. This was such a cute YA romance story! Mia was a relatable main character--overwhelmed high school student struggling to deal with life and find a date. As cute as this story was, there were also some deep moments. I really appreciated how this book wasn't one of those cheesy YA insta-love stories where the MC lives a perfect life. Mia's struggles and relationships with friends and family were realistic and really added to the story. Also, I loved the whole concept that love cannot be forced which Mia has to learn the hard way. The ending was a bit lacking in my opinion. I wanted a bit more closure, but that's just me. In the end, this story was cute and fun, but it also had deep moments. I'd definitely recommend this book to fans of YA rom-coms!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Maria (mariareadsbooksalot)

    Ahhh this was adorable!! I really loved how supportive mias friends were, but also critical of her when she needed a little check in with reality (if that makes sense) this book had me guessing which boy she ends up with in the end and I am glad I picked the one I did because wow they are ADORABLE. I loved how all of the different storylines fell into place and how you got to see Mia figure out what she wanted. I also really liked the sibling relationship between mia and Sam. You saw them argue, Ahhh this was adorable!! I really loved how supportive mias friends were, but also critical of her when she needed a little check in with reality (if that makes sense) this book had me guessing which boy she ends up with in the end and I am glad I picked the one I did because wow they are ADORABLE. I loved how all of the different storylines fell into place and how you got to see Mia figure out what she wanted. I also really liked the sibling relationship between mia and Sam. You saw them argue, and butt heads, but at the end of the day they truly love each other and that was what I loved. I found myself relating a lot to the two of them and I loved it. This book is an overall adorable YA romance with great main characters, side characters, and a great story.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Review posted here: https://msyinglingreads.blogspot.com/... E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Review posted here: https://msyinglingreads.blogspot.com/...

  9. 4 out of 5

    ضحى الحداد

    3.5 stars that was really adorable, we really need more of these fun light books, specially after the stressful times we've been through So the story is about Mia, she is a swimmer and she get really good grades in her school, but the only thing she's lacking is a date to her sister's wedding .. so her friends try to help her by setting her up with eyes to meet them as a "meet-cute" the movies way and how will she find the right guy for her the book was really fun and I liked that Mia's family is 3.5 stars that was really adorable, we really need more of these fun light books, specially after the stressful times we've been through So the story is about Mia, she is a swimmer and she get really good grades in her school, but the only thing she's lacking is a date to her sister's wedding .. so her friends try to help her by setting her up with eyes to meet them as a "meet-cute" the movies way and how will she find the right guy for her the book was really fun and I liked that Mia's family is not broken or dysfunctional, they are just a normal family living an everyday life which is really refreshing .. the romance was nice but it could've been a bit better, I'm having high hopes for this author and I will put her in my radar for any other books she releases :)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Caryn - iam.caryn

    This is a great book that’s geared towards teen YA readers. The story has a fantastic and relatable narrator. The entire plot idea was clever and fun. If you have a teen reader in your life who is looking for a unique twist on romance, they’ll enjoy this one.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Faith

    "𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐥𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐲 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐥 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝, 𝐬𝐨 𝐰𝐡𝐲 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐞𝐬𝐜𝐚𝐩𝐞 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐬?" 𝘛𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘬 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘵𝘰 𝘚𝘪𝘮𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘚𝘤𝘩𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘊𝘢𝘯𝘢𝘥𝘢 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘦 𝘢𝘯 𝘈𝘙𝘊 𝘪𝘯 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘢𝘯 𝘩𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘸! The Meet-Cute Project is a cute teen rom-com! It follows the story of Mia, who hates rom-coms, while her best friends love them. When her sister tells Mia needs to find a date for her wedding, her friends decide to set up meet-cutes to solve her problem. This is a coming of age story that covers teen romance, realistic f "𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐥𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐲 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐥 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝, 𝐬𝐨 𝐰𝐡𝐲 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐞𝐬𝐜𝐚𝐩𝐞 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐬?" 𝘛𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘬 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘵𝘰 𝘚𝘪𝘮𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘚𝘤𝘩𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘊𝘢𝘯𝘢𝘥𝘢 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘦 𝘢𝘯 𝘈𝘙𝘊 𝘪𝘯 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘢𝘯 𝘩𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘸! The Meet-Cute Project is a cute teen rom-com! It follows the story of Mia, who hates rom-coms, while her best friends love them. When her sister tells Mia needs to find a date for her wedding, her friends decide to set up meet-cutes to solve her problem. This is a coming of age story that covers teen romance, realistic friendships and familial relationships. It also features a diverse cast of characters, which is something I have not seen very often in YA rom-coms! I thought this story was a really easy read to get through! It was your classic highschool romance but in a good way! Sometimes we all need a fluffy teen book to tide us over. This book did focus on romance as the main plot, but Mia's relationship with her family (specifically her sister) was an equally important subplot. This made the book much more interesting to me as I felt like I could really connect to many aspects of their sibling dynamic (I have a younger brother). I also liked the way the ups and downs of Mia's friendship with her best friends were explored, as it made the book feel much more realistic. Some minor things I didn't love include; the slow pace of the beginning of the book, as I'm a sucker for fast-paced books. I also felt that there was an unnecessary amount of descriptions within the book, sometimes it felt like they were overtaking the main plot. Lastly, there were times that I felt like the main character, Mia, was a bit predictable and generic. Other than that it was a pretty enjoyable read and I could definitely see myself rereading it when I need a good comfort book. If you enjoy a good romantic comedy then this book is for you!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Phyllis

    A fun book by a debut author 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 A fun book by a debut author 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. Originally Reviewed on Among The Reads I was given a copy of this book. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Roxana

    Mia Hubbard has enough on her plate between swim team, math club, volunteer work, and making it through her junior year of high school - not to mention her bridezilla sister's impending wedding. So when she's told she has just a few months to find a date to that wedding, her friends rally round to help her out - by orchestrating a series of romcom meet-cutes... what could possibly go wrong? The Meet-Cute Project sounds like such a cute premise, but the nitty-gritty of that premise is more than a Mia Hubbard has enough on her plate between swim team, math club, volunteer work, and making it through her junior year of high school - not to mention her bridezilla sister's impending wedding. So when she's told she has just a few months to find a date to that wedding, her friends rally round to help her out - by orchestrating a series of romcom meet-cutes... what could possibly go wrong? The Meet-Cute Project sounds like such a cute premise, but the nitty-gritty of that premise is more than a little forced. Big sis Sam is supposedly such a details-obsessed Bridezilla that she's having meltdowns over the exact shade of purple of her wedding flowers...but when the best man drops out of the wedding, she tells Mia to just find herself a new date/groomsman?? I tried to get past the initial weird set-up, but the rest of the book continues in much the same vein, with the most contrived, artificial, mountain-out-of-molehills drama imaginable just to keep the plot twisting along. None of the obstacles are real - like when Mia realizes she scheduled a date for the same night as her sister's bridal shower...and decides it would be far too mature and reasonable to reschedule, so instead she has to manufacture drama by sneaking out of the house to go on this date and ditch the shower. Mia herself is immature even beyond what's reasonable for a YA book's teenaged heroine, and while her initial awkwardness and total inability to flirt with the series of potential dates her friends parade in front of her is #relatable, neither she nor any of the supporting characters is especially interesting or engaging. Including the ultimate love interest, whose favorite pastime seems to be telling Mia she's being silly even when he himself is pulling completely unnecessary, made-up-for-the-dramz shenanigans like hiding his identity and lying about having a girlfriend. None of it makes sense. None of this story makes sense! Sentences contradict themselves on the same page ("All he wants to talk about is the club we're both in, and he doesn't answer my questions about his college plans!" "All he talks about is his college plans, how self-obsessed he is!" back to back), characters behave bizarrely with no justification except to cause drama and prolong the plot, and it's ultimately just so flat, forced, and faked at every step. A cute premise - less than cute execution. It's just disappointing from start to finish. Thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for the advance review copy.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Christina (A Reader of Fictions)

    The Meet-Cute Project is a positively adorable, flufftastic YA contemporary about a girl whose friends help her find a date for her sister's wedding by setting her up on meet-cutes with guys they know. Obviously it's a series of misadventures. The comps on this one are totally accurate, so if you like those books, this is worth a read. Personally, I enjoyed it more than Save the Date, and it has the same focus on family followed by the romance; to me, the family and friend feels far exceeded the The Meet-Cute Project is a positively adorable, flufftastic YA contemporary about a girl whose friends help her find a date for her sister's wedding by setting her up on meet-cutes with guys they know. Obviously it's a series of misadventures. The comps on this one are totally accurate, so if you like those books, this is worth a read. Personally, I enjoyed it more than Save the Date, and it has the same focus on family followed by the romance; to me, the family and friend feels far exceeded the romance. This was a delightful book I read in one day. Richardson's debut is impressive, and I know I'll be reading more books by her.

  15. 5 out of 5

    michelle (magical reads)

    3.5 stars rep: ownvoices Black protagonist, love interest, and side characters this was good! I liked that it focused a lot on Mia and her relationship with her sister and her friends, as well as herself. the romance was a bit lighter than I thought it would be although tbh the way these meet-cute situations played out was more realistic than anything

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alexis (hookedtobooks)

    Thank you Simon and Schuster Canada for the copy of this book. - This was a really cute story of a young teen who tries to create a "meet-cute" in order to find a date for her sisters wedding. I loved the concept and the premise of the book, and the characters were fun. Mia is 16 and I liked how witty she was. It was her friends idea to stage "meet-cutes" and she thinks the romantic comedy movies they watch are silly, so she is not really on board. But through the process she learns a bit about he Thank you Simon and Schuster Canada for the copy of this book. - This was a really cute story of a young teen who tries to create a "meet-cute" in order to find a date for her sisters wedding. I loved the concept and the premise of the book, and the characters were fun. Mia is 16 and I liked how witty she was. It was her friends idea to stage "meet-cutes" and she thinks the romantic comedy movies they watch are silly, so she is not really on board. But through the process she learns a bit about herself and what kind of relationship she is looking for. - The reason this was not five stars is because I thought Mia was a bit selfish when it came to her older sister, but I also thought that some of the decisions were a bit silly. I get that Mia being told to find a date to the wedding starts the whole plot, but I also thought it was a bit strange to require that of a 16 year old. But I am probably biased because I am the older sister planning the wedding, and I do not want random people in my wedding photos just for the sake of numbers and balancing. But that is just me.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sierra the Nerdgirl

    More like 2.8 stars. I wish I had liked this book more but it was extremely basic and underdeveloped. Read more like a first draft. And it didn’t quite feel like YA. Almost like something between YA and Middle Grade. It was so predictable that I really could have gone without finishing it and known exactly what was going to happen. The book was like 80% tell, 20% show. Like even the writing and dialogue itself was so plain and single layered. I wanted this to be better because the author is a a More like 2.8 stars. I wish I had liked this book more but it was extremely basic and underdeveloped. Read more like a first draft. And it didn’t quite feel like YA. Almost like something between YA and Middle Grade. It was so predictable that I really could have gone without finishing it and known exactly what was going to happen. The book was like 80% tell, 20% show. Like even the writing and dialogue itself was so plain and single layered. I wanted this to be better because the author is a a black woman around my age and I want to support the culture. It also supposedly takes place in Chicago but is written by someone from the Greater Cleveland area and as someone who has lived in both places I could tell the author was confusing the places. Overall I wish this had been better because the meet cute concept is such a cute concept that you can do so much with. To be honest I would hardly describe the scenarios presented as meet cites, but that’s for another day.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sunsettowers

    Let me start this review by saying that I absolutely loved this book! Mia, our teenage narrator and main protagonist, must suddenly confront the status of her love life (and, in turn, her life in general), when her older sister Sam insists Mia find a date to her wedding to keep the number of bridesmaids and groomsmen even. When Mia turns to her friends for help, they decide on organizing a series of "meet cutes" like in the movies, convinced this will be the key to helping Mia find her match. Mia Let me start this review by saying that I absolutely loved this book! Mia, our teenage narrator and main protagonist, must suddenly confront the status of her love life (and, in turn, her life in general), when her older sister Sam insists Mia find a date to her wedding to keep the number of bridesmaids and groomsmen even. When Mia turns to her friends for help, they decide on organizing a series of "meet cutes" like in the movies, convinced this will be the key to helping Mia find her match. Mia is so relatable and likable as she tries to figure out exactly what she wants out of life and where she fits. Her struggles and triumphs feel real, as do those of the characters around her. Every character shows growth, not just Mia, and all the side plots are interesting and relevant to the story. And don't even get me started on the romance, it is perfection. I was hoping so much for Mia's happy ending, and for it to be with a certain guy who seemed perfect for her. No spoilers, but the ending felt like a movie in the absolute best way. This book is everything I hope for when I turn on or open up a romantic comedy. It gave me the smile and spirit lift I needed during these difficult times.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    The Meet-Cute Project is a super cute romantic comedy that is a ton of fun! Mia is striving for perfection while feeling that she has to measure up to her older sister - who is not only brilliant and beautiful, but is also getting married and has turned into a complete bridezilla. So when Mia is tasked with finding a new date for the wedding, her friends decide to help out by orchestrating a ton of 'meet cutes' with boys they know to give Mia the best chance for finding a date. Mia has a lot of The Meet-Cute Project is a super cute romantic comedy that is a ton of fun! Mia is striving for perfection while feeling that she has to measure up to her older sister - who is not only brilliant and beautiful, but is also getting married and has turned into a complete bridezilla. So when Mia is tasked with finding a new date for the wedding, her friends decide to help out by orchestrating a ton of 'meet cutes' with boys they know to give Mia the best chance for finding a date. Mia has a lot of hang ups, though, and she finds that in struggling to be a person who catches a boys' eye, she's starting to question a lot of things - the relationships she has, what is important to her, and what does it mean for her if she fails. I loved this book, and I'm super excited to have it in my classroom. It addresses the insecurities of being a teenager and navigating relationships, making huge life decisions, and feeling like you don't fit it. It's also super clean, and the choices that the character makes that are not good choices (sneaking out, lying, etc) are discussed and she has a lot of growth as she learns more about herself. It's a YA novel that I'll be putting in my 8th grade classroom for students!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    4.5 This book has romance meet-cutes to make you feel warm and fuzzy. Although for me meet-cutes produce high anxiety. There's always some small disaster. Mia needs a date for her bridezilla sister Sam's wedding or she will have to go with the groom's very creepy bordering on problematic younger brother. Her friends agree to arrange meet-cutes for her similar to the ones in the romantic comedies they have all watched together. They all vie to find her the best date to her sister's wedding. Mia 4.5 This book has romance meet-cutes to make you feel warm and fuzzy. Although for me meet-cutes produce high anxiety. There's always some small disaster. Mia needs a date for her bridezilla sister Sam's wedding or she will have to go with the groom's very creepy bordering on problematic younger brother. Her friends agree to arrange meet-cutes for her similar to the ones in the romantic comedies they have all watched together. They all vie to find her the best date to her sister's wedding. Mia does not take prisoners and is all action. She's intelligent, she swims, she gardens, she goes to parties and also attempts some meet-cutes her friends have seen in the movies they watch. I really loved how fun this was to read. I learned so many new things. This romantic comedy beats so many movies I have seen. The only thing I did not like was Now I am shouting, 'Encore. Write some more!' In case Ms. Richardson has really really good hearing.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alexis (The Book Democracy)

    4/5 Stars ** I received this as an E-ARC from Edelweiss Plus and the publisher in exchange for my honest review, Thank you!** This was a cute YA romance contemporary. I thought the idea of creating your own meet-cute was a fun idea. I did enjoy the main character, she felt relatable and real. The only thing that really made me enjoy this book less was the main character's sister. This is completely a personal thing. I just didn't care for the sister, I felt that she was rude, unreasonable, and d 4/5 Stars ** I received this as an E-ARC from Edelweiss Plus and the publisher in exchange for my honest review, Thank you!** This was a cute YA romance contemporary. I thought the idea of creating your own meet-cute was a fun idea. I did enjoy the main character, she felt relatable and real. The only thing that really made me enjoy this book less was the main character's sister. This is completely a personal thing. I just didn't care for the sister, I felt that she was rude, unreasonable, and didn't care about her sister's feelings. I felt that she made too many opinions that she should've had no input on and demanded too much of her sister's time. As I said, this is a me thing. The writing was good and kept me invested, and honestly, I read this book in one sitting. Overall a very cute and adorable read. I would for sure recommend it if you're wanting a fun, easy, and fluffy read!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I received an eARC courtesy of Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review. Overall, this is a solid addition to the YA romcom genre and I am giving it major applause for diversity. On the negative side, the ending. Did it make me happy? Yes. But it also seemed really abrupt. I guess it is a good sign that I wanted more story. I look forward to more from Rhiannon Richardson. For Libraries: If you have fans of contemporary YA romance, you can't go wrong h I received an eARC courtesy of Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review. Overall, this is a solid addition to the YA romcom genre and I am giving it major applause for diversity. On the negative side, the ending. Did it make me happy? Yes. But it also seemed really abrupt. I guess it is a good sign that I wanted more story. I look forward to more from Rhiannon Richardson. For Libraries: If you have fans of contemporary YA romance, you can't go wrong here

  23. 5 out of 5

    Zola

    Disappointed, some good ideas but not really well executed, a lot of things felt like glimpses or just something that pop up and then go away, the romance felt flat and had a lot of "telling not showing", the friends and family where more frustrating than anything (I probably shouldn't have read it while preparing my sister's weeding) and I honestly didn't care enough about mia to keep my interest. In conclusion, it could've been good but wasn't and we're left with a less well written version of Disappointed, some good ideas but not really well executed, a lot of things felt like glimpses or just something that pop up and then go away, the romance felt flat and had a lot of "telling not showing", the friends and family where more frustrating than anything (I probably shouldn't have read it while preparing my sister's weeding) and I honestly didn't care enough about mia to keep my interest. In conclusion, it could've been good but wasn't and we're left with a less well written version of The Upside of Unrequited P.S. This book made me discover the song "First Class by Rainbow Kitten Superise" so thanks for that !

  24. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Mellen

    3.5 stars. This was cute, and totally my fault but I wasn't remembering that it was YA when I actually sat down to read it, so maybe I just wasn't in quite the right mood. It was *very* predictable, which isn't necessarily a bad thing in a romance, but I was a little bored with how long it took her to figure some things out. The sister's wedding was a fun sub-plot and I enjoyed the disastrous titular meet cutes. 3.5 stars. This was cute, and totally my fault but I wasn't remembering that it was YA when I actually sat down to read it, so maybe I just wasn't in quite the right mood. It was *very* predictable, which isn't necessarily a bad thing in a romance, but I was a little bored with how long it took her to figure some things out. The sister's wedding was a fun sub-plot and I enjoyed the disastrous titular meet cutes.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Sammis

    The Meet-Cute Project by Rhiannon Richardson is a YA romance set against the impending deadline of an older sister's wedding. Mia's sister Sam is getting married and has demanded that she bring along a date to the big event. Mia isn't currently dating anyone and doesn't know how to go about finding a date; she'd rather focus on Math Team, Swim Team, and documentaries. Her BFFs, though, love rom-coms and have a plan. Like Mia, I'm not much of rom-com watcher. When I watch romantic comedies I tend The Meet-Cute Project by Rhiannon Richardson is a YA romance set against the impending deadline of an older sister's wedding. Mia's sister Sam is getting married and has demanded that she bring along a date to the big event. Mia isn't currently dating anyone and doesn't know how to go about finding a date; she'd rather focus on Math Team, Swim Team, and documentaries. Her BFFs, though, love rom-coms and have a plan. Like Mia, I'm not much of rom-com watcher. When I watch romantic comedies I tend to go for the old school screwballs. I haven't seen any of the films Mia watches — although I've heard of a handful of them. So like Mia, I learned that "meet-cute" is the plot device where the couple first meets and are set on their path towards an eventual happily ever after. http://pussreboots.com/blog/2021/comm...

  26. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    As a fan of rom coms and meet cutes, I loved the idea of this book, but it wasn't exactly what I was expecting. The meet cutes her friends came up with were really just set ups, but I guess it would be hard to actually plan a meet cute. Also, I didn't like the characters that much. Mia was selfish and oblivious for a lot of the book and her sister was even more selfish, though they did get better towards the end. There were some cute scenes and it avoided a lot of the usual high school tropes. As a fan of rom coms and meet cutes, I loved the idea of this book, but it wasn't exactly what I was expecting. The meet cutes her friends came up with were really just set ups, but I guess it would be hard to actually plan a meet cute. Also, I didn't like the characters that much. Mia was selfish and oblivious for a lot of the book and her sister was even more selfish, though they did get better towards the end. There were some cute scenes and it avoided a lot of the usual high school tropes.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    This wasn’t really in my wheelhouse so I was a little bored, but I’d happily recommend it to my library’s teen patrons as it was cute, relatable, and a pretty clean read (Ever since a parent got mad at me when I recommended a PG-13 book to their teen I’m always on the lookout for these. 😬😬)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    Mia needs a date to her sisters wedding so her friends plan to set up "meet cutes" so she can find the one. I liked the idea, but I found that parts of the story really dragged and the end was rushed. Mia needs a date to her sisters wedding so her friends plan to set up "meet cutes" so she can find the one. I liked the idea, but I found that parts of the story really dragged and the end was rushed.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Victoria | The Contented Reader

    Super light and fluffy debut novel! Enjoyable writing and the perfect plot for romcom lovers! Special thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada for the early copy!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    to-read

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