Once Upon a Book ClubApril
Once upon a time, there was a group of women studying publishing in Edinburgh, Scotland. Neither of them was originally from the country, but they all had something in common: they had a fondness for romance novels. And so it happened, that when they crossed paths, it did not take long before a book club was formed.
Meet Cute by Helena Hunting
For April we read Meet Cute by Helena Hunting! For this month’s book club there was wine, a large amount macarons, and birthday celebrations (as we celebrated Justine’s birthday on the same day). All in all another VERY succesful book club.
Be advised that this post might contain spoilers! We discuss various aspects of the book(s) and although we try to avoid spoilers, some aspects cannot be discussed without mentioning parts of what happened in the book.Meet Cute by Helena Hunting
Published by Piatkus on April 9th 2019
Genres: Love & Romance
Buy on Bol.com, Buy on Book Depository
Talk about an embarrassing introduction. On her first day of law school, Kailyn ran - quite literally - into the actor she crushed on as a teenager, ending with him sprawled on top of her. Mortified to discover the Daxton Hughes was also a student in her class, her embarrassment over their meet-cute quickly turned into a friendship she never expected. Of course, she never saw his betrayal coming either...
Now, eight years later, Dax is in her office asking for legal advice. Despite her anger, Kailyn can't help feeling sorry for the devastated man who just became sole guardian to his thirteen-year-old sister. But when her boss gets wind of Kailyn's new celebrity client, there's even more at stake than Dax's custody issues: if she gets Dax to work at their firm, she'll be promoted to partner.
The more time Kailyn spends with Dax and his sister, the more she starts to feel like a family, and the more she realizes the chemistry they had all those years ago is as fresh as ever. But will they be able to forgive the mistakes of the past, or will one betrayal lead to another?
Justine on the plot
I didn’t expect Meet Cute to be so emotional, as the cover gives off a light rom-com vibe. It’s a flirty yet heartfelt, frenemies-turned-lovers love story.
On the first day of law school, Kailyn Flowers is knocked to the ground by Daxton Hughes, a celebrity actor that starred on Kailyn’s favourite TV show as a teenager. Her fangirl infatuation turns into an academic rivalry once she realises that he too is studying law. Their friendly competition leads to a falling out at the end of their last year and the two go their separate ways.
That is, until Dax shows up in her office years later looking for legal guidance of his own. Despite holding a grudge from their university days, she feels bad for what he’s going through and agrees to help. Kailyn becomes Dax’s shoulder to lean on, and provides some emotional stability to he and his sister Emme as they struggle with some enormous life changes.
Not only is the chemistry between Kailyn and Dax great, but I loved the relationship that develops between each of them and 13-year-old Emme. It’s sweet and funny, yet sometimes heartbreaking. Overall, I’d say Meet Cute surprised me in the best way. Helena Hunting strikes a beautiful balance between developing the romantic plot line, while still giving us the family-love dynamic.
Caoimh on the characters
I loved the characters that Hunting created for Meet Cute. They made me laugh, smile, and cry in equal porportions. I liked glimpsing their lives, watching them grow into themselves, their careers and responsibilities in their own unique way, especially the comedy of Kailyn’s forever fan girl hidden inside her lawyer self.
One of my favourite characters would have to be Dax’s sister Emme. She added so much teenage hilarity in her own way and really added that to Dax and Kailyn’s relationship. I loved that while the story focuses on Dax and Kailyn and their love and relationship, Emme was interwoven as an integral and necessary aspect to both their lives and future decisions, in a realistic manner suited to the characters.
Lauren on the romance
The romance in Meet Cute was so great. They went from friends to enemies to friends to lovers (many ups and downs!). Their relationship progressed so naturally. Kailyn and Dax had such a connection, from the first time they met; he was a celebrity, she was a fan, but it was never awkward between them because of that (other than the first encounter). I loved how mature their relationship was. Yes, they had some drama, but it wasn’t far fetched- Dax had a reason to be hurt, and they did get over it.
Kailyn and Dax had to be very mature about their relationship from the start because of the circumstances surrounding them, and they didn’t let their drama get in the way of what was important, because they always put Emme first. Despite this, you could still see that the couple was truly in love with each other, and they had so many sweet moments and good banter. She grounded him, and he convinced her to be more daring. Meet Cute was super cute, especially the epilogue; would recommend reading just for that adorable moment!
Iris on her favourite scene
My favourite scene from Meet Cute is without a doubt the epilogue. It was such a fun scene, flawlessly linking back to that very fist ‘fangirl’ moment at the beginning of the book. I absolutely loved that her birthday dinner turned into a cast reunion and her being swarmed and group hugged by all the cast members of her favourite tv-show when she was a teenager. I loved that extra fangirl moment, which, as I mentioned before, links back so perfectly to that first scene when she met Dax for the first time. It had me smiling from ear to ear and was the perfect scene to end the book with.
- Plot 90% 90%
- Romance 90% 90%
- Characters 90% 90%