Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters
Publication Date: December 3rd, 2019
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
After seven years as an assistant, 29-year-old Evie Summers is ready to finally get the promotion she deserves. But now the TV and film agency she's been running behind the scenes is in trouble, and Evie will lose her job unless she can convince the agency's biggest and most arrogant client, Ezra Chester, to finish writing the script for a Hollywood romantic comedy.
The catch? Ezra is suffering from writer's block--and he'll only put pen to paper if singleton Evie can prove to him that you can fall in love like they do in the movies. With the future of the agency in jeopardy, Evie embarks on a mission to meet a man the way Sally met Harry or Hugh Grant met Julia Roberts.
But in the course of testing out the meet-cute scenes from classic romantic comedies IRL, not only will Evie encounter one humiliating situation after another, but she'll have to confront the romantic past that soured her on love. In a novel as hilarious as it is heartwarming, debut author Rachel Winters proves that sometimes real life is better than the movies--and that the best kind of meet-cutes happen when you least expect them.
If you are a fan of rom-com films of the 90’s and early 2000’s, boy is this going to be a winner for you!
For some reason, 2019 included a lot of contemporary reads for me. I am not generally one to enjoy something outside of the fantasy or historical fiction genres but the number of fluffy contemporary romances certainly increased on my shelves. I was surprised to see that I had missed out on this particular book late last year but very happy I picked it up in February.
I have always had a soft spot for romantic comedies and regularly rewatch some of my favourites - such as Serendipity, You’ve Got Mail, The Holiday and Kate & Leopold along with many, many more. I am fully aware that these aren’t earth shatteringly stunning works of art, but I find a happiness in them. Much like I found with this book. Much like, our lead, Evie does. I immediately found a connection with the character of Evie, her drive, her passion for writing, the trials she has faced… I just wish that I had her gumption and boldness.
Rachel Winters has managed to tell a story that is both relateable and over the top. It truly is a love letter to the rom-com. I enjoyed the way the story unfolded and I was second-guessing who the true love interest would be for the first quarter of the story but quickly had a favourite and settled in to see what happened. Each of the characters had such a clear voice and opinion in a way that you wouldn’t normally expect of this genre. It is also nice to see a familial element that is not generally used but was done so perfectly.
I will say, I was profoundly grateful that while most leading ladies in rom-coms make the most ridiculous decisions or could make their lives so much easier for themselves if the just did this One Simple Thing, I did not feel the need to hit Evie upside the head. And that is a big plus for me. Her motives and reasoning were always clear to me even when I (as the reader) could see another avenue, the fact that she did or didn’t do something made entire sense.
The movie references added perfectly to the inspiration of each of Evie’s meet-cutes and you can tell that Rachel Winters is a true rom-com fan. I also cannot help but mention how great it is that Winters took inspiration from a typically ‘down moment’ in her life and turned it into such an uplifting and fun story.
While I do not want to give away the ending, I will admit I was over the moon happy about it and certainly has me wanting to follow Anette’s advice to Be Like Evie.
Who knows, maybe I will continue my foray into contemporary fiction this year. It’s nice to have a break from heavy fantasy or dense historical fiction… which I guess is partially the point of the genre, in film or literature, according to Evie.