F-O-X. Ugh. Classic Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Do they have a ship name? ToMeg? Weird…but I’m here for it. Anyway, this is my fave movie. FAVE! Here’s a little synops of this 1998 rom-com: Kathleen Kelly and Joe Fox bump into each other in an online chat room. IRL, they’re competitors in the book industry. Online, they’re simply Shopgirl and NY152. “‘What will NY152 say today?’ I wonder. I turn on my computer. I wait impatiently as it connects. I go online, and my breath catches in my chest until I hear three little words: ‘You’ve got mail’. I hear nothing. Not even a sound on the streets of New York, just the beat of my own heart. I have mail. From you.” The anonymous Internet romance begins. Each is oblivious of the other’s true identity. Eventually, Joe learns that the enchanting woman he’s involved with is actually his business rival. He must now struggle to reconcile his real-life dislike for her with the cyber love he’s come to feel.
“I wanted it to be you. I wanted it to be you so badly”
“Don’t cry, Shopgirl. Don’t cry.”
Naturally, I need to read all the You’ve Got Mail tropes. I scoured the world wide web and found FIVE novels that are worthy of your eyeballs. Kindly scroll to allow said eyeballs to peruse stories similar to You’ve Got Mail.
- Tell me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum [click here for review]
- P.S. I like you by Kassie West [click here for review/synopsis on GR]
- The Coincidence About Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert [click here for review]
- Attachments by Rainbow Rowell [click here for review/synopsis on GR]
- Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett [click here for review]
Ps. My friendly suggestion would be to space out these stories as the prose is characters anonymously falling in love and don’t come together until the end of the story.
Pps. Honorable mentions… Tweet Cute and Listen to Your Heart for having a unknown twist.