Hey guys! It’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted a review here, let alone one of an ARC, but here we are! Today I’m reviewing We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This by Rachel Lynn Solomon. I read the author’s other contemporaries this month and fell in love with her writing. All I’m going to say is that this was no exception! Also, I’m trying to start making aesthetics and moodboards for the books I’m reviewing, so let me know what you think of them!
So without further ado, let’s get right into it!
A big thank you to Simon and Schuster for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinions in any way. Quotations may vary upon release date.
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Young Adult
Release Date: June 8th, 2021
Published by: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
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anxiety, OCD, depression, divorce/separation
A wedding harpist disillusioned with love and a hopeless romantic cater-waiter flirt and fight their way through a summer of weddings in this effervescent romantic comedy from the acclaimed author of Today Tonight Tomorrow.
Quinn Berkowitz and Tarek Mansour’s families have been in business together for years: Quinn’s parents are wedding planners, and Tarek’s own a catering company. At the end of last summer, Quinn confessed her crush on him in the form of a rambling email—and then he left for college without a response.
Quinn has been dreading seeing him again almost as much as she dreads another summer playing the harp for her parents’ weddings. When he shows up at the first wedding of the summer, looking cuter than ever after a year apart, they clash immediately. Tarek’s always loved the grand gestures in weddings—the flashier, the better—while Quinn can’t see them as anything but fake. Even as they can’t seem to have one civil conversation, Quinn’s thrown together with Tarek wedding after wedding, from performing a daring cake rescue to filling in for a missing bridesmaid and groomsman.
Quinn can’t deny her feelings for him are still there, especially after she learns the truth about his silence, opens up about her own fears, and begins learning the art of harp-making from an enigmatic teacher.
Maybe love isn’t the enemy after all—and maybe allowing herself to fall is the most honest thing Quinn’s ever done.
“Sometimes the good outweighs the bad. Sometimes those great times are so fucking great that they make the bad times a little easier to handle.“
We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This is a fluffy, laugh-out-loud, feel good young adult contemporary that deals with heavy topics in the right way and shows tremendous character growth.
Quinn comes from a family of wedding planners. She’s grown up looking at bridal gowns and extravagant cakes. But she doesn’t believe in true love. Dealing with anxiety and OCD, along with high expectations from her parents, she’s one of the most relatable characters I’ve ever seen and that just makes me root for her even more. She’s so caught up in her family business that playing the harp, the one thing she used to love, now no longer seems appealing to her.
Then we have Tarek. He’s the son of the caterers Quinn’s parents work with and her best friend. That is, until he ghosts her for an entire year as he goes off to college after she sends him an email confessing her feelings for him. He’s dealing with depression and eczema (which I have to be honest, was a first for me in terms of representation). Unlike Quinn, he’s a big romantic and a sucker for grand gestures.
They cross paths again and as expected, it leads to a lot of mutual pining and unexpected revelations. Both of them are working through their own hardships and seeing them come together and help each other was just so heartwarming. They talk about therapy and medication which I feel like are left out in so many novels even though they’re such a big part of dealing with anxiety and depression.
Speaking of which, the representation was done splendidly and I loved how it played a huge part in Quinn’s self discovery. She’s feeling the pressure of going to college next year and the responsibility of handling her sister’s wedding and getting the idea of her experience with everything made the book so raw and enlightening.
”How do you convince yourself that it’s worth it?” I ask, voice shaking. “Even knowing it might end in disaster someday?”
“You take a chance,” she says simply, like it really is that easy to close your eyes and leap. “And you hope the other person takes the same one.”
Quinn and Tarek’s character development throughout the book was so wholesome and I simply adored how they looked up to each other and made each other better in their own different ways. Another very important thing I loved was the religious aspects of the novel and how sex positive it was. The way Solomon weaved Jewish cultures and traditions into the story was just so well done. This is something I’ve noticed as common in all of the author’s books and I really appreciate it.
And for readers who’ve read Rachel Lynn Solomon’s other books, there’s an amazing cameo that I just can’t stop gushing over! I was literally squealing from delight when I realised that two of my favourite characters made an appearance in this book.
Overall, I’ve fallen in love with Rachel Lynn Solomon’s writing and this novel was everything I could have asked for in a brilliant, fun contemporary!
And that’s all for today! What did you think? Have you read We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This? Is it on your TBR? Let me know in the comments!