“Meet Cute Stories” The Perfect Valentine’s Day Reads!
If you’re longing for a little romance this Valentine’s Day, we’ve got the perfect books for you! Four stories about the sometimes rocky, sometimes funny, sometimes embarrassing and always exciting path to a happy ending.
Happy Reading and Happy Valentine’s Day to all!
Not Exactly a Love Story by Audrey Couloumbis
Maybe it’s because I wish I was a child of the 70s. Or because I can’t resist a story in the vein of You’ve Got Mail—two strangers falling in love, blindly, brought together by something as enigmatic as a series of phone calls. Or maybe it’s because I just can’t get enough of her spot-on, clever, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, always poignant writing. But I love, love, love, the new Young Adult novel by Audrey Couloumbis: Not Exactly a Love Story. Set to the disco-beat of the 1970s suburbs, Couloumbis introduces us to Vinnie, a high school kid dealing with some pretty incredible self-esteem issues, as well as his parent’s divorce, and a move from Queens to Long Island (where his mom has just bought a house with her new husband—his gym coach!). When he falls for the girl next door and attempts to introduce himself by telephone, Vinnie accidently takes on the alter-ego of Vincenzo in order to make it through the conversation. Eventually, a neighborly acquaintance forms by day while their phone calls continue by night– Vinnie’s true identity remaining a mystery during the latter. What ensues is a warm-hearted and thrilling novel about a young love in its early development and what can happen when you allow yourself to see what others see in you. I just adored this book and I guarantee all ages and all walks will love it as well. –Bobbie
Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
She may be clumsy, but she plays by the rules. Julia is a straight A student who is always prepared, she’s even picked out her MTB (“meant to be”) boyfriend. Then things in her ordered world go haywire when she’s stuck with class clown Jason on a school trip to London, there’s a party followed by romantic texts and a wild chase through London and Jason is suddenly being “helpful”. Is it too much confusion for Julia or just the right amount of fun and maybe the unexpected romance that might be just what she needs? -Kate
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
In one of the most clever stories I’ve read in years, Cohn and Levithan give us the story of Nick and Norah, who meet in a music club, and have absolutely nothing in common. But what should have ended with their chance encounter—when he asks her to pretend to be his girlfriend for 5 minutes, to help him avoid his ex-girlfriend turns out to be so much more. Those 5 minutes, and ok, maybe the kiss, are just the beginning of their story. Told over the course of less than 24 hours, in he said-she said alternating chapters, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist is a terrific romantic read for teens, and older readers too! –Kate
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
Lucy is an artist who works in a glassblowing shop, Shadow is a graffiti artist. Lucy is determined to meet Shadow who she considers as brilliant as he is elusive, she’s sure that anyone who paints like Shadow does is someone she could really fall for. What starts out as a boring night out takes a turn for adventure and maybe a little romance, if only Lucy could realize that what, or who, she’s looking for might be a lot closer than she ever imagined. Like Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist , Graffiti Moon tells a fast paced and totally charming story all in 24 hours, and may just leave you wanting more. –Kate
Thanks for joining us today at Random Acts of Reading, and many thanks to our colleague Bobbie who first had the idea for this fun post!
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