Review: Meant to Be Lauren Morrill

November 16, 2012






Meant To Be
Author: Lauren Morrill
Series:Standalone
Pages:304
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Release Date: November 13th,2012
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.


Review:


Hype has been very high for this book and even before the hype I wanted to read this one. It sounded so cute, fun and adventurous. Boy was it :D
Maybe it’s the setting that did it for me – it was beautiful and something about Paris and England or even Italy ignites a spark of excitement when I find out that a book takes place in one of these places.
Julia is a bubbly, smart and love able character who always follows the rules and I really related to her because that is how I am. You never find me without a book and that’s how Julia is normally also. Then, she goes on a beautiful trip to London with the most obnoxious boy of them all – Jason. It felt so awesome to watch Julia break out of her shell and have fun for once.  It was breathe taking watching her and Jason connect the way they did. It really brought a smile to my face every time he made fun of her in a playful way. It was also really cute when he got all protective of her over Mark.
Mark, ugh, okay so we are all led up to believe he is this perfect guy and then we met him and it’s like Ugh. Seriously? He is nothing like Julia describes him and he’s a total jerk. Those five years made a tremendous difference on how he was today. I love how Jason really develops feelings for her and tries to warn her and look out for him. Also, it’s kind of funny how he just shows up out of no where’s like seriously? Yeah, he’s so normal.
There is some major character development in this story and the climax, while not that exciting and a little predictable, is still enjoyable. This is an overall awesome book – it has everything a contemporary needs, -- exotic setting, love triangle, flirtiness, arguing, and irony.
I promise you it will make you laugh and smile as Julia comes to terms what we know and hope will happen all along. 


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