I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.We Can't Keep Meeting Like This by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers on June 8, 2021
Genres: YA Contemporary Romance
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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.
I loved the first book I read by this author, Today Tonight Tomorrow, and so kind of begged the publisher to send me a copy of this one. I did enjoy this a lot, couldn’t put it down, although I probably had one issue with this one that I didn’t with the other. On the one hand, I totally understood how Quinn dealt with the guys in her life that she dated. I get it, not expecting it to last so kind of keeping them into the physical aspect of a relationship and not letting it go farther. But, I also got a little tired of the extent she took it to when she had such an awesome guy like Tarek right there, showing her how much he liked her and was interested.
Something I really liked was the glimpse into mental health that we got from both Quinn and Tarek’s different issues. I really felt the whole issue with the email she had sent him at the end of the last summer and how he didn’t really answer was just so real. Something that would happen, and the way she reacted to the lack of real response from him was something also so realistic. There were also a lot of great side characters, both family and friends. There were a lot of different things going on in this book totally making it just like real life. It was nice to also see a teen who even though she knew she didn’t want to do what her parents wanted her to go to college for, she didn’t even know besides that what she wanted to do. And Quinn’s feelings that she would lose out on her family, and that she would hurt their feelings if she left the family business hit home for me as well. I worry about not doing things with my family at times even when I don’t want to, because I’m afraid I’ll hurt their feelings.
Such a great book! I’m definitely a big Rachel Lynn Solomon fan now!
About the Author:
Rachel Lynn Solomon is the author of You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone, Our Year of Maybe, Today Tonight Tomorrow, and We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This. She is a Seattle native who loves rainy days, her tiny dog, tap dancing, old movies, red lipstick, and books with flawed, complicated characters. Learn more at RachelSolomonBooks.com.