©2024 Fable Group Inc.
3.0 

Meet Cute Diary

By Emery Lee
Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee digital book - Fable

Publisher Description

Felix Ever After meets Becky Albertalli in this swoon-worthy, heartfelt rom-com about how a transgender teen’s first love challenges his ideas about perfect relationships.

* A 2022 ALA Rainbow Booklist Selection * A Junior Library Guild Selection *

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. What started as the fantasies of a trans boy afraid to step out of the closet has grown into a beacon of hope for trans readers across the globe.

When a troll exposes the blog as fiction, Noah’s world unravels. 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: Drew is willing to fake-date Noah to save the Diary. But when Noah’s feelings grow beyond their staged romance, he realizes that dating in real life isn’t quite the same as finding love on the page.

In this charming novel by Emery Lee, Noah will have to choose between following his own rules for love or discovering that the most romantic endings are the ones that go off script.

Download the free Fable app

app book lists

Stay organized

Keep track of what you’re reading, what you’ve finished, and what’s next.
app book recommendations

Build a better TBR

Swipe, skip, and save with our smart list-building tool
app book reviews

Rate and review

Share your take with other readers with half stars, emojis, and tags
app comments

Curate your feed

Meet readers like you in the Fable For You feed, designed to build bookish communities
app book lists

Stay organized

Keep track of what you’re reading, what you’ve finished, and what’s next.
app book recommendations

Build a better TBR

Swipe, skip, and save with our smart list-building tool
app book reviews

Rate and review

Share your take with other readers with half stars, emojis, and tags
app comments

Curate your feed

Meet readers like you in the Fable For You feed, designed to build bookish communities

226 Reviews

3.0
“3.75 stars This was a cute story. I definitely appreciate the varied trans experiences this story presents with Noah and Devin. Overall, though, this story just didn't vibe with me. I like the concept and what was trying to be done here, it just wasn't for me. I did like the growth Noah experiences throughout the story, and the discussions around social media and "perfect" relationships. I can't really complain too much about Noah being immature since he is 16 after all. I did really love Devin's character. I also especially loved the talks about pronouns and gender identity around em. All in all, this is a good book, but it's just not my thing.”
Thumbs Up“Meet cute was one of the first books I ever purchased with my own money, and I’m happy I did. This was a very cute story that got heavy with the topics of being transexual. Mentioning Non-Binary struggles and the use of Neo-Pronouns. (Which is amazing. I’ve never read Neo-pronouns in a book.) Amazing & sad story. The main character is very relatable and SO REAL.”
Diverse charactersEasy to readFunny writingImmersive settingRealistic settingComing of ageFeel goodHeartbreakingSelf-harmTransphobia
“1.5, rounded down - that's one star for Devin, and half a star for neopronouns alright y'all, strap in. the good: DEVIN!! when the author advertises this as being centered around trans joy, it is definitely Devin that e is talking about. I am literally so obsessed with em, I loved being there for the journey as e figured out eir gender and identity. the fact that e changed eir pronouns three times just in the course of the book meant the world to me, as it feels very representative of trans people in my experience. there is nothing wrong with taking things slowly, figuring it out as you go, and changing the way you identify <3 this might also be the first time I've seen neopronouns in a book like this, which meant a lot!! I got the vibe from the author bio that e uses the same pronouns that Devin settled on, which I think is sweet. overall, I cannot emphasize enough that Devin was the best thing about this story by far. the bad: here is where I'm going to go full hater mode, because I did NOT enjoy this book, even though I went into it really wanting to! Devin was great, but e was not the main character. I think I would have liked this a lot more if e was! instead, this book follows Noah and wow, diversity win! the most annoying teenage narrator you've ever experienced is trans!!! this bitch spent the entire book complaining about how hard his life was, with no regard for the wellbeing of the people around him. how DARE his parents not give him unlimited funds to spend on rideshares (because he can't be bothered to walk two blocks) and expensive aesthetic cafes! how DARE his brother care about his partner! (I know she ended up being a transphobe, but Noah hated her from the beginning, even when she didn't give him a reason to) how DARE his friend who lives in a different state not answer all of his texts and calls IMMEDIATELY! how DARE the children he is paid to watch be rambunctious (a word Noah apparently has never heard before, so it must be a "weird SAT word")! I could literally go on and on!!!!! it felt like every single page gave me another reason to roll my eyes or debate throwing my book across the room. I know unlikable main characters can definitely have their place, but in my opinion this was not it, and it ruined the book for me. I really hoped that by the end of the story Noah would become far less selfish and outgrow his immature view on relationships and love, but I was not satisfied in that regard at all. he seems to have learned almost nothing about how to treat the people around him, especially Becca and Devin, and he did the bare minimum for his view on love, literally just getting to the point where he could admit that his "Twelve Steps to the Perfect Relationship" were bullshit. I'm glad he realized Drew wasn't the perfect boyfriend he thought he was, but he still has such a limited perspective on what a relationship should be. Devin deserves SO MUCH BETTER than Noah oh my GOD. it's infuriating. as you can tell, Noah was definitely my biggest gripe with this book, no contest, but I also feel obligated to say that the writing really wasn't great either. just interesting enough to keep me moving forward through the story, but overall the writing was just really giving first draft of a teenager's fanfiction - in a bad way. like. you could have put a BIT more effort into the actual prose. make it fun to read!! give me SOMETHING please. altogether, as a trans person and romance novel lover, this was SO disappointing. would not recommend at all.”
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“I found this book really cute and feel good! The characters were engaging and interesting to read about, with great representation of trans, gay and lesbian characters (and even neopronouns, which you don’t see much of in literature). I thought the storyline was a bit predictable but I enjoyed it and it was a relaxing and enjoyable read. I definitely recommend it!”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growOriginal writingBeautiful settingComing of ageRomanticPredictable
Slightly Smiling Face“Personally the only reason I gave this 4 out of 5 was because I struggled to like the main character at first. I love him now and would do a lot to say that I’m proud of him and the rest of the characters he learned to love. But I still have a grudge, maybe because he reminds me a bit of me. This book genuinely eased my heart, and it made me realize things of my own life. It feels like Noah genuinely gave me what he wanted to give other readers, a note to keep going. A cute book that dives into plot lines you wouldn’t expect.”
Characters change and growDiverse charactersBeautifully writtenComing of age

About Emery Lee

Emery Leeis a kidlit author, artist, and You-Tuber hailing from a mixed-racial background. After graduating with a degree in creative writing, e’s gone on to author novels, short stories, and web comics. When away from reading and writing, you’ll most likely find em engaged in art or snuggling cute dogs. Find em online at www.emeryleebooks.com.

Other books by Emery Lee

Start a Book Club

Start a public or private book club with this book on the Fable app today!

FAQ

Do I have to buy the ebook to participate in a book club?

Why can’t I buy the ebook on the app?

How is Fable’s reader different from Kindle?

Do you sell physical books too?

Are book clubs free to join on Fable?

How do I start a book club with this book on Fable?

Error Icon
Save to a list
0
/
30
0
/
100
Private List
Private lists are not visible to other Fable users on your public profile.
Notification Icon
Fable uses the TMDB API but is not endorsed or certified by TMDB