Meant to Be

In YA Book Reviews on December 30, 2014 at 2:45 am


by Lauren Morrill

YA Contemporary Romance/©2012/292 pages/Recommended for Ages 12+

Publisher’s Comments (Goodreads):

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.

My Comments:

In a nutshell, Meant to Be is a light and fluffy, very enjoyable read, reminiscent of some of my favorite romantic comedies. Julia tells her story,  providing many laugh-out-loud moments. She manages to pack in a lot of new experiences and discover more about herself (and some of the people she thought she knew) in her nine days away from home. Jason was equally entertaining – your basic teenage smart aleck (with many redeeming qualities,  of course!) who manages to shake up Julia’s rule-driven life. An added bonus is that it takes place in London (the educational field trip) and the author provides some great descriptive and informative details about some of the don’t miss spots in London, making you feel like you were there. This book will leave you with a smile on your face and the feeling that you really should plan a trip (or return trip) to London yourself (or, at the very least, listen to some Beatle music or go see one of Shakespeare’s comedies!).

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

Companion Books: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins


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