Release Date: November 13, 2012
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Edelweiss
Meant to be or not meant to be . . . that is the question.
It’s one thing to fall head over heels into a puddle of hazelnut coffee, and quite another to fall for the—gasp—wrong guy. Straight-A junior Julia may be accident prone, but she’s queen of following rules and being prepared. That’s why she keeps a pencil sharpener in her purse and a pocket Shakespeare in her, well, pocket. And that’s also why she’s chosen Mark Bixford, her childhood crush, as her MTB (“meant to be”).
But this spring break, Julia’s rules are about to get defenestrated (SAT word: to be thrown from a window) when she’s partnered with her personal nemesis, class-clown Jason, on a school trip to London. After one wild party, Julia starts receiving romantic texts . . . from an unknown number! Jason promises to help discover the identity of her mysterious new suitor if she agrees to break a few rules along the way. And thus begins a wild goose chase through London, leading Julia closer and closer to the biggest surprise of all: true love.
Because sometimes the things you least expect are the most meant to be.
Sometimes you just need a feel good, fun read, right? I don’t know about you, but if I read too many post-apocalyptic, my parents just died, zombies are running rampant books in a row then I get a little bummed. Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill is the perfect cure for the book blues.
What’s not to love about Meant to Be? It’s about a slightly nerdy and bookish girl on a school trip to London. I think we can all relate to Julia. If you’re reading this I’m going to go out on a limb and say you’re slightly nerdy and bookish as well. Julia was a lot of fun! She was a Rule Follower and just a tiny bit uptight, but I loved watching her break out of her shell.
Then there was Jason. Sigh…I really loved his character. He was so unique as far as YA boys go. He was described multiple times as being super obnoxious and annoying, but I loved that you couldn’t help but fall for him anyway. Plus, you can see a lot of things that Julia can’t, like how adorable he is, or how into her he is. It was so much fun to watch it unfold.
All this takes place with London as the background. You absolutely can’t go wrong there. Meant to Be was a delightful, refreshing read. I definitely recommend it.