Book: Meant To Be by Lauren Morrill
Published November 2012|Published by Random House Children’s Books|304 pages|Purchased for my Nook
Series or Stand-alone? It’s a stand-alone!
Goodreads.com Summary: 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.
I was really excited about Meant To Be, because it just sounds so fun and cute! It was fun and cute, and I liked it, but not as much as I thought I would.
I loved that it took place in London on a school trip. And I LOVED that Julia’s idea of her MTB changed. I wasn’t a big fan of Julia, and thought she was kind of annoying. She’s really determined to follow the rules, to the point that she’d rather look through her many guidebooks instead of visiting the places in said guidebooks. It was clear early on that she and Jason would end up together, and I honestly don’t get why she was so interested in Mark. Maybe to show how you can put someone on a pedestal or something? Jason was all over the place- sweet and fun one minute, and ignoring Julia the next. And I don’t completely get their attraction to each other. There’s the obvious opposites attract thing going on, but their relationship could have been a little more developed. Overall, the romance was pretty predictable.
You don’t really get when Jason started to like Julia…and while you see the moment she realized she liked Jason, it felt really random.
I think my favorite part was the descriptions of London- it just makes me want to visit London even more than I already do. It just felt like Julia was going through the motions when she was visiting. I was kind of reminded of Anna And The French Kiss, in the sense that they’re both about teens exploring a foreign country while falling in love. If you liked Anna, you might want to check this one out.
It was a cute, quick read. I didn’t like it as much as a I thought I would, but I still enjoyed it. And the cover is just beautiful! Meant To Be gets 3 stars.