We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Published: 08 June 2021 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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.
*ARC Kindly provided by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review*
TW: Divorce, OCD, Anxiety, Depression
To date, this is my third Rachel Lynn Solomon read and its no surprise that this is another hit! (RLS did it again) We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This is one of my most anticipated reads for this year. Well aside from the fact that it was written by RLS, I just can’t honestly get enough of “friends pining for each other” type of stories that’s why I was immediately hooked with this book.
With its fluffy cover, We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This delivers a story that is far from being fluffy. The main character, Quinn, has anxiety and OCD. The other character Tarek suffers depression as well as eczema (I have never read a book with this representation before! And I totally relate because I too have an eczema) plus there’s also the topic of divorce. For such a quick read, this book really covers a lot.
Quinn and Tarek’s family has been working closely together for a long time now. Quinn’s family are the wedding planners while Tarek’s family are the caterers. These two formed a friendship by being together on several weddings. Can I just say how precious these two characters are? I just want to hug them both throughout the book. I have not read a book where I can completely relate to both characters! Their growth was greatly shown in the story. It feels genuine, real, and raw.
The main thing I love about this book was the complete openness about the topics of mental health. I’ve not experienced reading any YA book THIS open. I really appreciate how the story walked us through Quinn and Tarek’s mental struggles – coping with it and conquering them. I also appreciate how the story celebrates sex positivity.
Overall, this was an emotional, romantic, and just a beautifully written book. Rachel Lynn Solomon is now one of my auto-read/auto-buy authors. I can’t wait for her upcoming books!!
5/5 Flower Rating