Logo Title Quebec Reading Connection

Meet Cute

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2018. 316 pages
First published: 2018
ISBN: 9781328759870 (hardcover)
9781328604286 (paperback)
Original language: English
Book type: Anthology

Text Elements:

characterization, conflict, dialogue, evocative language, figurative language, point of view, setting

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

This diverse collection of 14 stories celebrates the role of fate in human encounters. Since each story is written by a different author, the tone and genre vary within the given theme. The encounters are a refreshing departure from heterosexual hookups and include cisgirl-meets-girl and trans girl-meets-girl, in addition to boy-meets-girl.

Nina Lacour’s short story begins in an old school print shop. Evie has been hired to manage its social media presence and is immediately faced with the tweets of a disgruntled young woman. Evie clicks on the customer’s profile pic and is immediately smitten: “This girl. Short shaggy hair and no makeup.” When she delivers the order to her crush, Evie decides to be bravely honest.

In Jocelyn Davis’ story, Samara shares a magical moment with a boy in the opposite subway car and decides to calculate the probability of seeing him again for her statistics project. Written in the first person, the narrative is humorously nerdy: “If I recreated those perfect conditions, I would be more likely to see him, but throw in other variables, and I would be less likely.”

The stories cover a lot of ground, including online dating sites, reality TV, social media, science fiction and several instances of love at first sight. When Samara finds her mystery boy by accident, she suddenly understands “why people took unlikely chances and believed in fate and hoped for things against all odds.”

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    Each of the stories explores the big ideas related to agency and mutuality in romantic relationships, as well as the role that fate and free will play in first meetings.

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    Are some people destined to meet? In a small response discussion group, explore the big idea(s) stemming from one or more text(s) and consider how the story presents the role of destiny in romantic relationships.

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    Following reading and discussion, use a response process to write a response to one of the stories. Keep an anchor chart of elements of author’s craft and other text conventions.

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    In a small group, hold a mini-debate: Can a couple meet, immediately fall in love and stay in a relationship or does it take time to get to know and fall in love with someone?

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    As you read, rate the stories from 1-5. At the end of each story, write a brief review and state whether you recommend it or not.

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    With two or three partners, write a screenplay for one of the short stories. Be sure to respect script-writing conventions. You may edit the story to make it more appropriate for a play format. After revision, perform the play for the class.

  • To communicate appropriately
  • To construct his/her identity
  • To cooperate with others
  • To exercise critical judgment
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Personal and Career Planning
  • Personal Development
  • Social Sciences