It’s my last post of February and you bet I’m squeezing one last romance related blog post out of this month!
Saying that though, I have had this post planned for months now I’ve just never gotten around to actually writing it. Today I come to you with some books that have what I’m calling “a modern day meet cute“.
By “modern day meet cute” I mean that the two characters meet online in some way and their relationship develops online. That kind of thing. I’ve be wracking my brains for more books like this but in the months I’ve been wanting to write this post, I’ve only come up with 4 which seems crazy, I feel like there should be loads more.
There’s every chance I’m just completely forgetting a few. Let’s have a look at the one’s I’ve got, and you can tell me in the comments which one’s I’ve left out!
Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertali
Was this the first YA book to do what I’m pegging as “the modern day meet-cute”? I think so. In this book we of course have Simon, who is closeted to everyone besides his online friend Blue, who he talks to through e-mails.
I would be absolutely terrible at maintaining this online friendship because I’m terrible at checking my e-mails and just overall keeping track of them.
It’s crazy to me that this book has been out for 7 years now!! I remember when this was making the rounds on Booktube. That feels like yesterday. I suppose the medium of emails does give away it’s age though.
But like I was saying, Simon and Blue meet online, they chat about Oreos and things going on in their lives, being able to lean on each other despite not knowing who they are in real life, only that they go to the same school. It does get less cute, more dark when Simon’s emails are used to blackmail him, but the emails themselves are peak romance.
Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
I have read every Jenn Bennett book and can say with absolute certainty that this is my favourite.
… I’ve just realised that me talking about this book in this context could be stepping into spoiler territory. To me it was obvious but I’m going to tread carefully and stick up a *spoiler warning* just in case.
Its about a girl called Bailey who, following a traumatic events, goes to live with her dad in a coastal beach town either for the summer, or for good (I can’t remember). She starts working at a museum and meets a boy, all the while she’s talking with another boy on a app for movie buffs who also just so happens to live in this town.
Even talking about this book has made me want to go back and re-read. I remember having so much fun with this one. The online chatting isn’t a super main focus but it is still vital to the story, hence why it’s here on this list!
Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
Twitter wars and grilled cheese! What more could you possibly want from a book! Such a cool concept that was executed very well.
This book actually has two instances of a “modern day meet cute”. Pepper and Jack are classmates who unknowingly get into a Twitter War with each other using their families grilled cheese business accounts, but they’re also messaging each other on an anonymous app.
The use and incorporation of social media were so entertaining and a big part of the story. It proved for a cute and unique story!
You Say it First by Katie Cotugno
This final book is slightly different to the others as the two characters actually meet over the phone when Meg is working at a voter registration call centre and rings Colby.
I didn’t totally love this book. It was pretty average to me but I’m recommending it all the same because of the unique first meeting and how it has a focus on politics. I remember liking the dynamic between Meg and Colby and the conflicts that arose because they built their relationship over the phone.
And there we have it: “modern day meet cutes” aka characters meeting over the phone or the internet in some.
I swear there’s more books like this I just can’t think of any. I’ve scoured the books I’ve read on Goodreads to jog my memory and nothing. I’d love to read more books like this so if you can think of any let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading :))