Can you fall in love like they do in the movies?
It's Evie Summers's job to find out. Because if she can't convince her film agency's biggest client, Ezra Chester, to write the romantic-comedy screenplay he owes producers, her career will be over. The catch? He thinks rom-coms are unrealistic--and he'll only put pen to paper if Evie shows him that it's possible to meet a man in real life the way it happens on the big screen.
Cynical Evie might not believe in happily ever after, but she'll do what it takes to save the job that's been her lifeline . . . even if it means reenacting iconic rom-com scenes in public. Spilling orange juice on a cute stranger? No problem. Leaving her number in books all over London to see who calls? Done. With a little help from her well-meaning friends--and Ben and Anette, the adorable father-daughter duo who keep witnessing her humiliations--Evie is determined to prove she can meet a man the way Sally met Harry. But can a workaholic who's given up on love find a meet-cute of her very own?
Winters's charming debut combines tropes from classic romantic comedy films to hilarious effect. Ambitious 29-year-old Evie Summer is tired of being an assistant, but to advance in her job at a TV and film talent agency she must convince narcissistic screenwriter Ezra Chester, the agency's top client, to fulfill his lapsed contract and write the rom-com he owes to his movie studio. Ezra, disillusioned with romantic clich s, refuses to meet his deadline unless Evie can convince him that real relationships can be just like the movies. He gives her three months to find a man via "meet-cute" and fall in love; if she can't, then he won't deliver his script and Evie will be in hot water with her boss. The subsequent whirlwind of contrived meet-ups that Evie arranges, each inspired by a different film, is a laugh-out-loud disaster. Her first romantic failure happens to be witnessed by shy single dad Ben, who, along with his precocious daughter Annette, becomes Evie's audience and provides a grounding influence in her chaotic life even as Annette attempts to set Evie up with him. Winters employs self-aware, genre-savvy characters to expertly balance humor and heart. This adorable romance is a love letter to cinephiles.
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Too many problems
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Disclaimer: This review contains spoilers, which I have included in my review to explain my rating.
I thought this book would be a perfect fit for me because I really enjoy romcoms, but I actually had a really hard time finishing it because of all the problems I had when reading.
I didn’t mind that the book was very light on the romance, but the romance itself just wasn’t one that I liked. It didn’t help that I also didn’t like most of the characters, except for Ben, Anette, and Evie’s mom and flatmate.
Evie herself had some good moments, but for almost the entirety of the book, she misunderstood what Ben thought about all the meet-cutes, which resulted in many times of Evie getting annoyed or mad at him for it when it could’ve been easily explained if she just asked Ben about it instead.
Evie’s boss Monty and Ezra were meant to be awful characters, but it was tough seeing how ridiculously hard they made it for Evie to do her job. I didn’t think Evie’s friends were much better either. Although they liked to keep reminding Evie and themselves how they were all such great friends and there for each other, it was really Ben that was there for Evie for most of the book.
I thought Evie’s friends, especially Sarah, to be really unsupportive of Evie and so quick to blame her for the stress of her job. I realized Evie wasn’t the greatest friend to them, but it would’ve been nice if she’d gotten some more support from the people who were supposed to be her friends.
But even though I had plenty of problems with the book, there were still a few things about it that were positives for me. I LOVED the twist with Ben’s past and his job, and there was another twist with the screenwriting and chapters that came together in another twist that I really liked.
There were also several sweet moments between Evie, Ben, and Anette. Those were my absolute favorite parts of the book, and the chapters with them gave a much needed break from those other chapters with Evie and whatever Monty and Ezra demanded from her next. It was so satisfying when Evie finally confronted both of them and stood up for herself while still earning herself the success she deserved.
Overall, Would Like to Meet was a book with many characters and a romance that I didn’t end up liking very much, but Ben and Anette were two wonderful characters that I loved and who saved the book for me!