Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published: June 8, 2021
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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 received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I am late on the Rachel Lynn Solomon fan train. I know she has been a round writing books for a while but I didn’t “find” her until 2020’s book Today, Tonight, Tomorrow (TTT). I mean I had her books on my TBR but I just never read one. But after reading TTT I became hooked and a massive fan. And after reading We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This, she is now an auto-buy for me because We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This was a chef’s kiss of a book and filled my heart with so much joy and love.
We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This is the story of Quinn and Tarek. For year’s Quinn and Tarek’s families have worked together side by side as wedding planner and caterer. Because of these these two have gotten close. That is until Quinn tells Tarek she has a crush on him before he leaves for college and everything the tow of them built as friends falls apart. So when Tarek is back for the summer to help his family out things between him and Quinn are awkward to say the least. Add that to the other secret Quinn is keeping and they are both in for a summer they never imagined.
The thing about We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This that I loved the most was how Solomon managed to write a story that balanced the fun aspects of crushes and fall in love with a friend with heavier things like mental health (Quinn has OCD and Tarek has depression) and leaving your family to pursue your dreams. Solomon flawlessly told the struggles both Quinn and Tarek faced handling their well being but managed to add just the right amount of fun and cuteness. It made both of them feel real and relatable. I think that is why the two of them have stuck with me so long. They both felt like really special characters and you can’t help but fall for them. And it didn’t hurt seeing them fall for each other. 🙂
In the end, I can’t stop thinking about We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This. It was the perfect young adult book that hit on everything I love. No matter how much time has passed since I read it it is still there in the back of my mind and I think it will be there for you too. This is not one for you to sleep on. Definitely add this to her TBR and go out and buy a copy today!