The Meet-Cute Project by Rhiannon Richardson (384 pages)
I liked this. It was fairly cute and lighthearted. I understand Sam, Mia’s older sister, felt slighted with how lackadaisical their parents got when Mia was born, but she seemed a little too fixated/clingy with her sister, at times. I’m super close with my older brother, but I can’t imagine monitoring his involvement with my wedding that much. As long as you show up, that’s all I need. Maybe it’s different from an older sibling’s perspective? Also, Black families are not a monolith, of course, but, sometimes, the way Grace be talking to her parents. Like??? Is it the Bridezilla effect?
Anyway, the meet-cutes, while predictable were nice. You can see where the story’s heading early on, but I didn’t mind reading it. Mia is fine; she’s a nervous rambler. Mia’s friends weren’t that interesting, but, at least, they could stand up for themselves. I’m glad that friends of the MC are standing up for themselves more often now in YA novels than being mistreated. I also really liked Gavin.
Click for spoiler sometimes, I thought he got too mad too fast. He didn’t always communicate well, but I think that’s realistic for teens
Overall, I would definitely be on board for this to become a Netflix series. We need some cute YA movies with black leads. ❤
Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley (496 pages)
This was a good page-turner! Sometimes, I didn’t like Daunis. She seemed a little stuck up toward the hockey girlfriends though she matures over the course of the story. YA protagonists may seem irrational at times, but it’s more realistic for teen/young adults to not have it all together. I really enjoyed the tidbits about grief, forgiveness, and family. I wondered why the story was set from 2004 – 2005. It was easily forgettable until a Blackberry of Superbowl 2004 halftime performance mention, you know.
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I LOVED the healthy ending conversation between Daunis and Jamie.
While the final reveal was fun, the “villians” seemed a little cartoony/too good to be true. Still, this is worth a read.
CW: Sexual assault (not detailed), of course, references to drugs
Have you read either or both of these books? What did you think?