Meet Cute Diary
by Lee, Emery






"Noah Ramirez thinks he's an expert on romance. He has to be for his popular blog, the Meet Cute Diary, a collection of trans happily ever afters. There's just one problem; all the stories are fake...When a troll exposes the blog as fiction, Noah's worldunravels. The only way to save the Diary is to convince everyone that the stories are true, but he doesn't have any proof. Then Drew walks into Noah's life, and the pieces fall into place"-





Lee's debut follows trans teen Noah, who just wants to provide positive representation for his community. Noah runs a blog of fictional meet-cute stories involving trans people. But he presents them as real-life stories, and he gets into trouble when someone online points out the inconsistencies that could prove the blog is fake. Now, Noah's only chance to rescue his blog is to fake-date cute barista Drew-because surely there's no way for that to go wrong. Through adept plotting and dialogue, Lee takes themes like control, self-advocacy, healthy relationships, and tucks them in with a surprise twist on the fake-dating trope. Full of deliciously flawed characters, this debut draws readers through to a satisfying end while leaving open a few realistic questions. Noah's straightforward voice helps broaden mainstream literature by offering a matter-of-fact perspective on gender identity. Fans of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (2015) and lovers of traditional rom-com tropes will eat this fun and engaging novel up. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.





A transgender boy in love with the idea of falling in love charts a course for the ultimate relationship to save his viral blog from a troll attack. Noah Ramirez, a Japanese, White, and Afro-Caribbean 16-year-old, is stuck in Denver with his college-age brother while his parents relocate from Florida to California. He plans to spend his summer exploring selfie-worthy shops as inspiration for his popular blog, a diary of clandestine, romantic, first trans love encounters. Reality hits him hard when his mom insists he get a job and a troll targets his blog with true accusations that his stories are fake. As Noahâ??s readership plummets, a seemingly perfect solution presents itself in the form of a gorgeous, White, cisgender boy who volunteers to fake date Noah in order to save the blog. Throughout the narrative, Noah demonstrates significant character growth: He begins the story naïve and self-absorbed but learns through his mistakes how to set boundaries, identify his needs in a relationship, and be a more supportive friend. The bookâ??s explorations of gender identity and sexuality stand out for important representation of questioning and nonlinear self-discovery; one of the primary characters, an asexual, nonbinary, Cuban teen, tries out multiple labels and pronouns. High emotional tension and mounting stakes maintain a page-turning momentum. While the coming-of-age story awakens Noah to a less fluffy side of romantic relationships, the resolution is loving and hopeful. A heart-swelling debut. (Fiction. 14-18) Copyright Kirkus 2021 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.





A transgender boy in love with the idea of falling in love charts a course for the ultimate relationship to save his viral blog from a troll attack. Noah Ramirez, a Japanese, White, and Afro-Caribbean 16-year-old, is stuck in Denver with his college-age brother while his parents relocate from Florida to California. He plans to spend his summer exploring selfie-worthy shops as inspiration for his popular blog, a diary of clandestine, romantic, first trans love encounters. Reality hits him hard when his mom insists he get a job and a troll targets his blog with true accusations that his stories are fake. As Noahâ??s readership plummets, a seemingly perfect solution presents itself in the form of a gorgeous, White, cisgender boy who volunteers to fake date Noah in order to save the blog. Throughout the narrative, Noah demonstrates significant character growth: He begins the story naïve and self-absorbed but learns through his mistakes how to set boundaries, identify his needs in a relationship, and be a more supportive friend. The bookâ??s explorations of gender identity and sexuality stand out for important representation of questioning and nonlinear self-discovery; one of the primary characters, an asexual, nonbinary, Cuban teen, tries out multiple labels and pronouns. High emotional tension and mounting stakes maintain a page-turning momentum. While the coming-of-age story awakens Noah to a less fluffy side of romantic relationships, the resolution is loving and hopeful. A heart-swelling debut. (Fiction. 14-18) Copyright Kirkus 2021 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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