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Review: Anatomy of a Meet Cute by Addie Woolridge

As someone who grew up watching too much “Grey’s Anatomy” you know as an adult I’ll read anything medical. And so Anatomy of a Meet Cute was the perfect opportunity! Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.


The last thing I ever expected was to insult a colleague before I even started a new job.

But here I am, already on thin ice after I mistook a fellow doctor for a patient on a bad drug trip. Oops.

No matter how handsome or infuriatingly aloof he is, Grant Gao isn’t going to spoil my fresh start. Instead, I’m going to keep myself (maybe too) busy with my roommates, work, and passion: starting a new program to improve pregnancy care in the community.

But getting the hospital bigwigs on board with my idea is proving to be more difficult than I anticipated, and I may be forced to swallow my pride and ask Grant for help.

But will working with Grant bring us closer, or will I be crushed under my ever-growing list of responsibilities?


(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

I loved Sam from the beginning of Anatomy of a Meet Cute. Not only did I love that she’s an OBGYN, but I loved their plane meet cute. Meet cutes get me every time and so their first meeting and their first impressions will always set the tone. Sam is stubborn, clever, and passionate. And even when I didn’t agree with her decisions, I cared about her story and empathized with her. As someone who puts too much on their plate – maybe a tad over commitment – her struggles resonated with me.

Feeling like we have to say yes to those around us, that our friendships feel in some ways transactional, resonates with me. Because it’s hard to say no to the ones we care about. We want to help them, but we should want to help and know that we can say no. To feel that we can also say no. That’s the key difference. And it’s a lesson Sam has to learn throughout the course of Anatomy of a Meet Cute. In addition, Sam’s relationship to her mother was particularly emotional.

Feeling like our parents don’t support us, are passive aggressive, and that these feelings end up influencing and creating foundations for our future relationships. What an incredibly emotional story line to discover and also chat about the necessity of boundaries. At the same time, I adored the friendship group of Sam and her roomies. Not to mention the ways she has to fight the hospitals more ‘traditional’ perspectives about medical care and doulas.

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Anatomy of a Meet Cute is a book that focuses on these emotional struggles through a medical setting with a romance story line. My ability to connect with Sam made Anatomy of a Meet Cute a book I immediately recommended to my doctor friends. And I think if you love medical settings and enjoy characters who bite off more than they can chew – this is for you. Find Anatomy of a Meet Cute on Goodreads, Storygraph, Amazon, Indiebound,, & The Book Depository.


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