by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Release Date: June 8th 2021
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Diverse, Fiction, Humor, Romance, YA
Format Read: ARC, eBook
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 received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
After reading Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon, I knew that I was going to love this book—and I was correct!! Rachel Lynn Solomon has this unique way of writing stories and characters that I immediately fall in love with, and that is exactly what happened with Quinn and Tarek. I connected with Quinn and her anxiety about romance that followed her throughout the book, and her character growth and the idea of love expanded in a way that all I wanted to do was give her a big hug. Tarek’s love of grand romantic gestures was so heartwarming to see as well, and it was interesting how he and Quinn moved around one another throughout the book and how they fit together in the end. Their romance had tension, cute moments that I could not get enough of, but I especially loved the fact that Rachel Lynn Solomon writes her couples by emphasizing the necessity for strong communication in any relationship.
By intertwining the realities of romance and sex, Quinn and Tarek embodied a relationship that sparked sex-positive conversations that expand into the lives of those who read this book. By the end, I was completely invested in Quinn and Tarek’s story and I felt that Rachel Lynn Solomon captured the feeling of summer love that I could not get enough of! Additionally, the topic of mental health was balanced and executed beautifully in this book, and I found myself relating to Tarek and Quinn in various ways that only emphasized how much I loved this book.
By tackling different conversations about mental health, love, self-love, insecurities, family, religion and much more, We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This embarks on a wedding-filled summer that captures the essence of what it means to find yourself and how to continue falling in love with life.
Hi, I’m Elizabeth!! I am 22 with a bachelor degree in English Literary Studies. I love to read and talk about books 24/7, and when I’m not reading I am usually rewatching my comfort movies and shows for the hundredth time—specifically, anything Jane Austen!