Hello, beautiful people! I can’t believe it’s already June. It feels like this year is flying by much faster than last year. I’m here today to chat (read: scream) about one of my most anticipated (and favorite!) books of the year. We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This by Rachel Lynn Solomon is the fourth YA novel from the author, and it’s her fifth published book. If you remember I have been a fan of Rachel’s since before her debut, You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone. From Our Year of Maybe to Today Tonight Tomorrow, Rachel has delivered on every single novel. Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an early copy for review. Without further ado, let’s get into it!
Title: We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This
Author: Rachel Lynn Solomon
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BFYR
Release date: June 8, 2021
Rating: 5/5 stars
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.
Oh man, where to begin? First, if you couldn’t already tell, I love Rachel’s writing. She is one of my auto-buy authors, and I am so happy that her books are out in the world. We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This is one of Rachel’s most personal books to date. Quinn especially is a character she wrote with a lot of the author’s personal journey with OCD. I will note some content warnings for this book are descriptions of depression and OCD.
WCKMLT is a laugh-out-loud book that made me love Quinn and Tarek even more than I thought I would. Quinn is quiet and trying to find herself. She is trying to do her best navigating her family business and searching for her passion. I loved to see how much Quinn grew throughout the book. She begins as someone who is self-conscious and timid, but by the end of the book she is proud and uncovers the bravery that was there all along. Also, I loved that Quinn was a musician. As someone who loves music and considers myself a musician (at least in some capacity lol), I loved seeing Quinn rediscover her love for the harp.
All the other characters, from Tarek (I love him, must protecc) to Quinn’s best friend to Quinn’s sister, bring life and depth to this book. Quinn’s relationships are affected deeply by her past experiences with love (umm, hello parents), and I loved seeing her take charge of her mental health. It’s refreshing to read a book with mental health rep without it being The Thing.
One thing I love most about Rachel’s writing is how she creates a world I want to live in. You can tell how much she loves the places she writes about. The people in her books are individuals I want to be friends with. It’s rich in inclusion of various identities without those being the focal point of the novel. It’s a book about joy. It’s a book about people living their lives, and that’s truly what is at the core of Rachel’s books. If they fall in love along the way, well who’s to say no to that!
Overall, the structure and plot of the story was engaging and fast-paced. I waited to read it a bit when I received it because I knew that I would speed through it. Of all the RLS books I’ve read so far, this one is my favorite to date, which is hard because T3 was amazing. I highly recommend this book to those looking for a witty summer read.