July/August 2021 Kids Indie Next List
“I really enjoyed this book. The romance is cute, but I felt like the main character’s journey to figure herself out and how she fits in with her family was even more important than the romance, and was very well done. I enjoyed going on Quinn’s journey with her.”
— Alissa Hugel, Folio Books, San Francisco, CA
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.
About the Author
Rachel Lynn Solomon is the author of You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone, Our Year of Maybe, Today Tonight Tomorrow, and We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This. She is a Seattle native who loves rainy days, her tiny dog, tap dancing, old movies, red lipstick, and books with flawed, complicated characters. Learn more at RachelSolomonBooks.com.
“Equal parts swoony and thoughtful and hilarious—a truly perfect recipe for love. Come for this book’s delicious cake and hilarious banter, stay for its insightful look at relationships and big heart.”
— —Emma Lord, New York Times bestselling author of Tweet Cute and You Have a Match
“We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This is impossible not to love. From the swooniest of romances, to the complexities of family and self-discovery, this book hits all of the right notes.”
— —Rachael Lippincott, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Five Feet Apart
“Awkward, hilarious, and so perfectly teen, We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This is a summer romance that is both fresh and modern in execution. With effortless banter, nuanced portrayals of mental illness, and characters you will instantly fall for, Solomon pens a heartfelt and thoughtful exploration of love that never feels performative.”
— —Marisa Kanter, author of What I Like About You
“For the hopeless romantics, and for the ones who wish they could be, We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This will keep you well fed. The sort of book that leaves you feeling better about the world than you did before you began, you’ll want to pick this one up for the lovable characters, Solomon’s trademark tender focus on family, and the heartfelt exploration of what it means to be truly vulnerable.”
— —Sophie Gonzales, author of Only Mostly Devastated and Perfect on Paper
“Brimming with wit and charm, We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This is a refreshingly honest exploration of what makes a healthy relationship—both familial and romantic. Rachel Lynn Solomon is an auto-buy author!”
— —Cameron Lund, author of The Best Laid Plans
“An entertaining romance that explores deeper themes of trust and expectations.”
“Solomon shows how Quinn’s brain can get in her way, expertly weaving anxiety and depression with the love and the pleasures and terrors of trying to find one’s path.”
— -- Publishers Weekly