Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee
Release Date: May 4, 2021
Page Count: 400 pages
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.
Rep: Afro-Puerto Rican, Japanese American trans bi mc, Cuban nonbinary ace character with anxiety, Cuban lesbian character
I really enjoyed reading Meet Cute Diary. The blogging aspect was really interesting and I loved how there’s a post ir comment at the start of each chapter. It was so much fun. A tumblr blog with meet-cutes of trans people finding their HEAs. Even if it’s fake, it was really good.
Noah is our 16 year old MC and it took me a while to warm up to him because he’s sort of selfish and obsessed with the idea of love. His relationship with his best friend Becca is where it’s showcased the most. It was always about Noah and while it was resolved, I don’t think Noah really apologized for his behaviour. There is a character development though and I like how all the characters are flawed as it makes them real.
Noah’s relationship with his brother Brian was so wholesome and I just adored it. I also loved Devin! E might be my favourite character and e will slowly but surely steal your heart. Devin is awkward and sweet and so damn adorable. I love how this book tells you that pronouns are for you and you can change them whenever you feel they don’t fit.
So synopsis made me think it was going in one direction but then it just a completely different way and I really loved that. I was absolutely delighted when I figured it out!
This book is filled with trans joy, meet-cutes and happily ever afters. It’s a very happy read and I would highly recommend it. It has great characters and if you love rom-coms, you’ll definitely love this!
CW: emotional abuse, transphobia, anxiety/panic attacks, mention of attempted suicide
*ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review