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.
Emery Lee is 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.
“A poignant, heartfelt story about the complexities of identity, growing up, and defining ourselves.”
— Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Beautiful Creatures
"How lucky are we that this sweet, subversive, utter delight of a book exists? Meet Cute Diary is here to flip tropes and flip hearts." — Becky Albertalli, bestselling author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
"Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee unpacks how complicated and ever-evolving exploring gender can be against a fun backdrop of your favorite relationship tropes and teenage mishaps. The diverse cast of characters, pronouns and gender expressions creates opportunities for readers to finally see themselves represented in a book. It's abundantly clear that Lee wrote this story with love and tenderness for eir community. Meet Cute Diary is both about, and for, helping transgender youth feel connected, seen, and worthy of not just an epic meet cute, but a happily ever after.” — Aiden Thomas, Author of New York Times Bestseller Cemetery Boys
“Full of warmth, love, and hope, Meet Cute Diary is a groundbreaking book that we’re all lucky to have.” — Camryn Garrett, author of Full Disclosure
“Meet Cute Diary is the rom-com of my dreams! I’m over-the-moon excited for any and all readers, but especially those who are young, trans, and nonbinary, who’ll get to discover this hilarious, poignant story and fall absolutely in love. With a fast-paced, well-crafted plot that’ll have you itching to read the entire book in one sitting and a voice that’s chef’s kiss immaculate, this is truly one of my new favorite books of all time.” — Kacen Callender, National Book Award-winning author
"Don't say perfect romances don't exist, because there's one right in front of you!" — Mason Deaver, bestselling author of I Wish You All the Best and The Ghosts We Keep
“The perfect balance of adorkable and affirming, Meet Cute Diary is a sincere, uplifting debut. Emery Lee delivers a story bursting with joy, identity, friendship, humor, and the unexpectedness of first love. A necessity for romcom fans everywhere.” — Julian Winters, award-winning author of Running With Lions
“Adorable, heartfelt, and affirming, this is a must-purchase.”
— School Library Journal (starred review)
“Loving and hopeful . . . A heart-swelling debut.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Plenty of humor and an honest portrayal of the hard work that a successful relationship requires buoy Lee’s hope-filled debut.” — Publishers Weekly