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Meet Cute Diary



by
Emery Lee

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
HarperCollins
Imprint
Quill Tree
ISBN
9780063038837
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Language: Strong Language , Violence: Suicide Reference/Discussion , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use
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In this own voices rom-com debut, a transgender teen must decide if he’s dedicated to romantic formulas or open to unpredictable love after an internet troll attack on his blog compels him and a fan to start fake dating.

Noah Ramirez thinks he’s an expert on romance. He has to be for his popular blog, the Meet Cute Diary, a collection of trans meet cutes. There’s just one problem: all the stories are fake. What started as a trans boy’s daydreams has grown into a blog with thousands of devoted, hopeful followers.

When a troll exposes the Diary as fiction, Noah’s world unravels. The only way to save his blog is to convince everyone that the stories are true, but how? Then Drew walks into Noah’s life, and the pieces fall into place: Drew is willing to fake-date Noah to save the Diary.

Noah quickly realizes that dating in real life isn’t the same as crafting idealized meet cutes. With his blog and his heart hanging in the balance, Noah will have to choose between following his own advice or accepting that some of the most romantic endings are the ones that go off script.

From exciting new talent Emery Lee comes a delightfully wise story about love and identity that is brimming with heart and humor.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Strong Language , Violence: Suicide Reference/Discussion , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

400

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

5.7: points 13

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Sep 2021

Book Genres

Realistic Fiction, Romance

Topics

Transgender people. Sexual minorities. Blogs. Love. Identity. Racially mixed people. Sexuality. LGBTQ. Brothers. Denver, Colorado. Summer jobs. Dating. Romance. Cyberbullying. Friendship. 

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up–Lee’s #OwnVoices debut is a butterflies-inducing rom-com. Mere weeks after coming out to his parents, trans teen Noah Ramirez finds himself spending summer with his college-student brother in Denver. Surrounded by beautiful trees, mountains, and boys, Noah writes embellished trans love stories based on real-life encounters for his viral blog “Meet Cute Diary.” A failed job interview reacquaints Noah with Drew (aka “Ice Cream Shop Guy”), who calls Noah out for featuring him on the blog twice. When Noah explains the truth about the blog, Drew agrees to pretend to date him—including taking photos—to help keep internet trolls at bay. Their pretending “for the Diary” quickly becomes real, but when Noah gets a job at a camp, he also grows close to his coworker Devin (who is nonbinary and asexual) and tensions arise. With his best friend and confidante Becca long-distance and MIA, what is a boy to do? Structured around Noah’s “Twelve Steps to the Perfect Relationship” framework, Lee’s writing smartly and reverently serves as a rom-com metanarrative. The characters are sharply drawn and their rich relationships run the gamut between familial, platonic, and romantic love. Though not without a few transphobic gaffes, the vast majority of characters notably accept and respect the fluidity of individuals’ pronouns and identities. Noah is white, Japanese, and Afro-Caribbean. Drew is white and Devin is Cuban. VERDICT Adorable, heartfelt, and affirming, this is a must-purchase for all collections serving teens.–Alec Chunn, Eugene P.L., OR

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up–Lee’s #OwnVoices debut is a butterflies-inducing rom-com. Mere weeks after coming out to his parents, trans teen Noah Ramirez finds himself spending summer with his college-student brother in Denver. Surrounded by beautiful trees, mountains, and boys, Noah writes embellished trans love stories based on real-life encounters for his viral blog “Meet Cute Diary.” A failed job interview reacquaints Noah with Drew (aka “Ice Cream Shop Guy”), who calls Noah out for featuring him on the blog twice. When Noah explains the truth about the blog, Drew agrees to pretend to date him—including taking photos—to help keep internet trolls at bay. Their pretending “for the Diary” quickly becomes real, but when Noah gets a job at a camp, he also grows close to his coworker Devin (who is nonbinary and asexual) and tensions arise. With his best friend and confidante Becca long-distance and MIA, what is a boy to do? Structured around Noah’s “Twelve Steps to the Perfect Relationship” framework, Lee’s writing smartly and reverently serves as a rom-com metanarrative. The characters are sharply drawn and their rich relationships run the gamut between familial, platonic, and romantic love. Though not without a few transphobic gaffes, the vast majority of characters notably accept and respect the fluidity of individuals’ pronouns and identities. Noah is white, Japanese, and Afro-Caribbean. Drew is white and Devin is Cuban. VERDICT Adorable, heartfelt, and affirming, this is a must-purchase for all collections serving teens.–Alec Chunn, Eugene P.L., OR

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