Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters
Publishing Date: 30th April 2020
Source: Received from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you!
Number of pages: 368
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Long-suffering assistant Evie Summers will lose her job unless she can convince her film agency’s biggest and most difficult client, Ezra Chester, to finish the script for a Hollywood romcom. The catch? He hasn’t started writing it.
Suffering from ‘writer’s block,’ he will only put pen to paper if singleton Evie can prove to him that you can fall in love like they do in the movies. Forget internet dating, Evie can only meet a man the way that Sally met Harry, or Hugh Grant meets anyone. Cue her entering into one ridiculous romcom scenario after another. But can life ever be like the movies?
Of course, real life is never that straightforward . . .
For readers who enjoyed Hot Mess, Everything I Know About Love and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Evie loves screenwriting, however, once badly criticised, she stopped writing and now is working as an assistant to a very ungrateful agent, is overworked and underpaid. She’s desperate for promotion and doesn’t seem to notice that her boss takes her for granted. But now she has her chance – Ezra Chester, the hot name in screenwriting, is their client and now it’s up to Evie to make him deliver the long awaited second script for a rom – com. Evie nicknamed Ezra NOB – Number One Boychild, and it’s not without a reason. And so, now, she has to find out if you can fall in love in real life just like couples seem to do in the movies, save the agency and bag herself a promotion to an agent. Easy peasy, right?
No. Disastrous results on the horizon.
I couldn’t believe that Evie really wanted to recreate all the most famous meet – cutes from Hollywood movies, to be honest. But that’s true, and when I finally believed that yes, it is actually what this book is about, I was so intrigued and curious to see them all and how they’re going to work out in real life. And well, some of them ended hilarious, some of them ended disastrous but altogether, even for me, not the hugest movies fan, it was a real joy.
I liked Evie and her life approach, the way she didn’t take herself so seriously, though there were moments that I wanted to bang her head on the closest wall. Sometimes she behaved as if she was spineless, she let people tramp over her and treat her like a doormat, and it didn’t sit well with me, and I didn’t understand why she allows for such things to happen – because in other situations she was bold, brave and sharp – minded. However, our Evie is such a lovely and warm person, even if sometimes a shitty friend, that you’ll find yourself rooting for her and hoping she’ll find success and happy ending.
Evie is surrounded by a group of brilliant friends with a Bridget Jones’ vibe – there is of course the gay best friend. They are always there to help her when needed, even if Evie keeps forgetting them. Her friends were fabulous, not only as friends but as well developed characters. Each of them with a huge personality and distinctive voice, and each of them with their own story, as interesting as Evie’s. What I really liked, and what we don’t often get in books, is the fact that they weren’t afraid to tell Evie when she messed up. And you can’t help but immediately fall for Annette and her dad Ben, even though he was blowing hot and cold, and those two turned out to be Evie’s hugest cheerleaders in the matter of her meet – cutes. Even if they involved projectile vomiting.
I also liked what the author did with the romance aspect in this story. For a long time there was this possibility of a love – triangle, and it was not obvious who Evie is going to end up with – until the very last moment actually.
The end, in comparison to the whole story, felt rushed and I didn’t like some of the things that happened before it. Sure, there is a message hidden there, and all the bad guys get what they deserve but it was painful to see what Evie has to put with.
At first I had huge problems to get into the book – no idea why, to be honest, I just couldn’t click with the plot and the writing style, and the character, I couldn’t understand why Evie allows her boss to treat her like this, just think about #MeeToo and you’ll know what I mean, and yes, I was a bit confused. But then, all my initial problems simply disappeared and I started to enjoy the story immensely – I think I just needed to get used to the writing and the way the story was told and come to terms with the plot. There were lots of clichés in this novel, this must be said, but I also think it couldn’t be different, with the way the plot has been developing, and it really didn’t bother me so much and it was really too much fun for me to care about it.
“Would Like to Meet” was an event – packed, funny and light – hearted story with hidden depth that I enjoyed very much. It was a lovely and bumpy journey to self – appreciation, allowing us to get deeper into some certain toxic issues but through the prism of humour. It’s a story that shows you that it’s not always the happy end that you so strongly needs that is enough but that you must feel happy with yourself and stay true to yourself.
This book is filled with disastrous and hilarious situations that yes, will make you roll your eyes and that, yes, are mostly unbelievable, and yes, it’s a bit cheesy and over the top but it’s the strength of this debut and you simply have to go with the flow. I adored it, it was just what the doctor ordered and I am already looking towards Rachel Winters’ next offer. Truly, highly recommended!