Meet Cute Diary
Author: Emery Lee
Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: 4th May 2021
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Felix Ever After meets Becky Albertalli in this swoon-worthy, heartfelt rom-com about how a transgender teen’s first love challenges his ideas about perfect relationships.
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 happily ever afters. There’s just one problem—all the stories are fake. What started as the fantasies of a trans boy afraid to step out of the closet has grown into a beacon of hope for trans readers across the globe.
When a troll exposes the blog as fiction, Noah’s world unravels. The only way to save the Diary is to convince everyone that the stories are true, but he doesn’t have any proof. Then Drew walks into Noah’s life, and the pieces fall into place: Drew is willing to fake-date Noah to save the Diary. But when Noah’s feelings grow beyond their staged romance, he realizes that dating in real life isn’t quite the same as finding love on the page.
In this charming novel by Emery Lee, Noah will have to choose between following his own rules for love or discovering that the most romantic endings are the ones that go off script.
Thank you to Harper360YA for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
It has taken me way too long to get to this book since it’s arrival and it was very enjoyable. I think this romance book should be read by every teen as it was a celebration of love, trans and nonbinary people.
This is an OwnVoices romcom and it did not disappoint. Noah runs a blog called Meet Cute Diary, where he posts his fantasies of meet cutes for his followers. It soon becomes a beacon of hope for readers all over, until his blog is exposed as fake. Noah is staying with his brother over the Summer and in his attempt to get a job, he meets Drew, who offers to fake date Noah in order to save his diary. I adore the fake dating trope and enjoyed how Noah understood more about himself through this relationship. Noah ends up working at a summer camp with his brother and he meets Devin there. Devin and Noah grow closer whilst working together, and I adored their growth together.
‘I have feelings for you. Romantic feelings. Hell, I’d even go so far as to say I’m in love with you.’
I think this book shows a reality of a trans teen well and definitely discusses topics that weren’t as prevalent when I was a teen. Whilst being a cute book about finding love and discovering who you are, this book answers important questions about being trans and nonbinary. It shows that it is okay to not know who you are and you’re allowed to take the time to find out what suits you.