06 February 2013

[Review] Meant to Be; Lauren Morrill

Release Date: November 13th, 2012
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Format: ebook

Summary from 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.

What I thought:
This was a very likeable feel-good book. It was a quick read, and overall a cute story. I don’t want to say that the ending was predictable, because it didn’t go exactly as I expected it to, but I can’t say that I was particularly surprised by it. Jason was much sweeter than Julia makes him seem, and Julia is a bit less likable than Jason would imply, but together they’re quite sweet.

The setting is kind of irrelevant, so I wouldn’t recommend this if you’re just looking for a book set in London, but I suppose it does carry the story a little. I liked the pacing of the story a lot, and it was overall just a good YA lovestory.
Read this if: you liked Anna and the French Kiss, or similar stories.

Out of 5: 4/5
This is book 9/120 for 2013


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