Monday, May 10, 2021

The Meet Cute Project by Rhiannon Richardson - HIGH

The Meet Cute Project by Rhiannon Richardson
, 375 pages. Simon and Schuster, 2021. $20. 

Language: G (0 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: PG; Violence: G 



11th grader Mia--awkward rambler, true-crime aficionado, swimmer, mathlete--is tasked with finding a date to her bridezilla sister’s winter wonderland wedding. Only, she doesn’t know how to talk to boys, so her friends, Sloane, Grace, and Abby, each take a turn to help plan a series of “meet cutes” to find Mia the perfect date. Can Mia survive each dating disaster in time for the wedding? 

The Meet Cute Project is an adorable rom-com for high school students with a BIPOC cast of characters. Initially it reminded me a lot of The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion but eventually it grew into its own story. I felt like the relationships between Mia and her sister and teenage friends were super real and authentic even though her older sister bugged me from time to time. I guess bridezillas are supposed to be unlikable characters. At the end of the day, the book had a realistic Black teen going through the ups and downs of dating in high school, and that is unique enough to warrant an addition to any library. 

Reviewer: BookswithBeddes 

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