This book is not what I expected when I picked it up…which is both a good and a bad thing! I think the description is very misleading and may have actually caused some of the slight annoyance I felt reading it, but this book turned out to be very cute and heartwarming in the end. The characters won me over, despite their many flaws (Annette, the deaf seven-year-old Evie strikes up a friendship with, was a particular favorite of mine). 🙂
That said, the plot from the beginning seemed very straightforward. I’ve read a lot in this genre, so I really thought I knew where we were headed with this one. The hot screenwriter, deeply hated by the struggling agent’s assistant, needs her help. They embark on a challenge and a deal to get things done, and they discover they like each other along the way.
NO. There’s so much more to the plot here than that!
One of the worst things about this book is that you don’t know who you’re rooting for the entire time. We’ve got two main love interests, Ezra and Ben – and the entire time you kind of like them both, until you catch up the whole sham happening here. I was so bothered by the fact that this felt like a love triangle, because that’s not what I enjoy at all. It took a good 75% of the book for that issue to clear itself up, and I finally knew who I wanted to win our heroine’s affections. (Don’t get me wrong – I’m usually the one that’s #teamheroine and none of the other guys when I see a love triangle, but Evie herself was hard to like sometimes. Sure, I rooted for her, but how can one person screw so, so many times??)
I just went in to reading this with very different expectations, and while I liked it, I think there was a lot more potential here through strong revision. The concept itself was quirky and fun, but if I hear or read the word “meet-cute” for the next several years I will probably just throw up. Read it, but not with high expectations!
A copy of Would Like to Meet was provided to me by the publisher through NetGalley. It will be available on December 3, 2019 (yes, I know I’m a little late to this party).