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Meet Cute Michaela Kathleen

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“Meet Cute” is a Young Adult novel about five couple’s not-always-so-lovely love stories. The stories are told in alternating chapters with the first chapter for each couple being their ‘meet cute.’ It shows that romance is just one component of your life and that no matter what kind of love you have, as long as you’re happy, you’re doing it right, from ‘meet cute’ to ‘happily ever after.’

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  • 100129 words
  • About 401 pages
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    8

  • Tears

    8

  • Laughs

    8

  • Thrills

    6

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18 comments on "Meet Cute"

Nova North on May 18, 2018, 7:52 a.m. said:

Nova North


This is really interesting idea! I love meet-cutes, so it's really fun to have so many in one book. I particularly liked the details of different periods you included, especially the 80's clothing at the beginning. The issue with having so many characters and switching between the storylines so often is it can be hard for the reader to remember exactly what is happening. It reminded me of Love Actually, but without the visuals it's harder to distinguish each character. I don't know exactly what I'd suggest, but I think possibly even cutting down to three or four couples might make it easier, and perhaps help with the pacing/length of the book. Otherwise I think the writing is very good!

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Michaela Kathleen on May 20, 2018, 12:56 p.m. said:

Michaela Kathleen


Thanks so much for the feedback! I did try to use the settings and time periods to help make the stories distinct but for sure there is more work to be done with that. I was going for a bit of a Love Actually feel, though the initial inspiration was The Holiday, so this is good to hear.

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Nicole Bea on April 17, 2018, 7:28 p.m. said:

Nicole Bea


I personally really enjoy alternating POVs, and have written a book like this myself. I was immediately interested in seeing how someone else took this on, and I'm really enjoying the read! Well done, and some lovely writing.

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Michaela Kathleen on April 18, 2018, 5:15 p.m. said:

Michaela Kathleen


Thanks so much! I also would be interested in reading another alternating POV story, there are definitely some specific struggles with that kind of format. My biggest worry throughout the writing process was that perhaps readers would get lost with so many stories going on so I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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e ditton on April 17, 2018, 1:58 p.m. said:

e ditton


this book is full of feels with relatable stories and conflicts. per improvement, I think it was a tad slow in parts, but this didn't stop me from wanting to find out how it would all end!!

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e ditton on April 12, 2018, 2:32 p.m. said:

e ditton


I think this is a super fun concept (who doesn't love a meet cute?!?! not to mention multiple!) with a lot of really thoughtful detail to paint the scene(s). the characters and their stories feel authentic.

since we are introduced to so many characters/storylines upfront, I think it would be cool if something further differentiated each couples' tale. The stories themselves seem very different, but I particularly like Cody and Emma's because we seem to focus on Cody and his emotions a bit more, whereas in the other meet cutes, we are introduced to/seem to focus on the ladies (which is great! but since their story has a little something different, it stands out to me!) perhaps finding/emphasizing little differences like this (or changing the tone from one story to the next...or something?) might help me get a better grasp of everything? i am early in the book so take this with a grain of salt!

anyway, i feel like i am reading about friends so thumbs up from me!! :)

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Michaela Kathleen on April 12, 2018, 5:04 p.m. said:

Michaela Kathleen


Awesome! I wanted them all the feel relatable, so this is great to hear. Thanks for the thoughtful critique!

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Clarissa on April 7, 2018, 1:14 a.m. said:

Clarissa


I loved this book! Wow- I read this from the beginning to the end, and I don't regret it! The one thing I think is that this book is a bit too slow paced. Sometimes, the couples are just dancing around back and forth, and I know I already read what they fought about, and then I'm reading it again. Sometimes, it's a little tiring, but I'm glad that their fights are always different though--very refreshing. After 51%, things start to look up, and the paces pick up. With all the introduction and first dates before half of the story, it's a bit boring. The personalities mesh together sometimes, and I feel like I'm reading the same story over and over again.

The characters, I know all of them are different. Their bonds, their relationships, their thoughts are well shown in the story, but I feel as if it can be shown better. Because there's five stories, I sometimes get confused with the characters, or forget a character's name, since it's Becca and James, Mark and Madison, etc. I feel like you can work a bit more on relationships, why they love who, the reasons, their emotions, the little details that matter in the story. Personally, I thought Madison didn't really like Jake, even if she was a kid. And she sighed every five seconds (you might have to fix that--it was very repetitive) and all she did was scold him. I know she's tired, and she has jobs, but there's nothing in the context that hints at her love for Jake, or something that makes us go "aww." All she did was roll her eyes and sigh.
As for Becca and James--would Becca really remember James? It's been years. I doubt they would remember each other that clearly, and until they meet for the second time, in the previous chapters, she doesn't think about James at all. Nothing reminds her of him, and there are no thoughts, as if she doesn't miss him. So that part was a bit unrealistic, but it was sweet to me. And Amy is mentioned in one of Becca's chapters, but she doesn't come out again.
For Grace and Nathan's romance, when Grace gets the call about her mother, I think, what about Becca and Cadence? Will they notice? Did they? There's nothing about that in the further chapters, so I'm just curious :D

My favorite romance? Grace and Nathan, and Lou and Jake as well. Theirs were both just so sweet and simple--the best complications. I love how Jake is so comforting to Lou, especially with her struggles of getting pregnant. Nathan is such AHHH, he's that man who's always there for you, and their bond shows towards the last chapter. I have to say, I did cry in that chapter, it was definitely overwhelming!

Sorry if this comes out a bit harsh, I really do love this book! I hope to see this in a bookstore someday, or maybe in my house, where I keep all my favorite books. I'm glad everything worked out between all the five couples, and I can't wait to read another one of your works. Thank you for publishing this! It was a small and heartwarming read, and I'm glad I got to hop on with all the couple's adventures, and through their ups and downs!

Similar Stories : Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet. A book from a different collection of authors. Similar vibes, and sweet, small romances blooming.

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Michaela Kathleen on April 7, 2018, 11:23 a.m. said:

Michaela Kathleen


Thanks for sticking with them all until the very end! There are for sure some loose ends I could work on and these comments definitely help.

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Clarissa on April 8, 2018, 2:59 a.m. said:

Clarissa


No problem! I'm glad it did!

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