Release date- Nov 13th 2012
Purchase- Amazon / B & N
Meant to be or not meant to be . . . that is the question.My Thoughts:
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.
Meant To Be is a story about a girl named Julia Lichtenstein who's on her school trip in London and to her absolute horror gets buddy-up with the most obnoxious guy in her class, Jason Lippincott. After Jason plays the 'be responsible and stick to your buddy' card, Julia agrees to go to a local party. To many drinks later and a hangover from hell, Julia starts getting romantic texts and Jason makes a little deal to help her out if she helps him out in return. Soon enough these two unlikely friends find themselves on a fun-filled adventure around the streets of London to find Julia's mystery text guy, but Julia wasn't prepared for what she found in the end.What was meant to be.
Aww, this was such a cute and witty story about falling for flawed and being better for it. Julia and Jason have such a unique and enthusiastic voice that makes you hang on ever word. I really loved both these characters. Julia is an uptight little thing, a 'book licker' and always follows the rules and has romantic sentimental ideas of what love is suppose to be. It wasn't always easy to like her attitude and most of the time she needed to just unclench, but I liked her take-risk attitude. Jason is the kind of guy I'd love to be friends with. He has a very infectious personality. Likes to have fun but knows his boundaries. He's spontaneous and fun and while he doesn't always do or say the right thing, he has a really good heart.
I really enjoyed the writing. Loved the dialog. Lauren Morrill captures a realistic portrayal of two teenagers who are totally opposite of each other but challenge one another every step of the way. I also love reading all about London. The art and museums and the history and culture but I also loved discovering the hidden gems that Jason showed Julia.
It was gorgeously conveyed in this book.
The ending was simply perfect. So sweet and sincere with a great twist I never saw coming.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book. It's a lighthearted, fun and an adorable read that makes you believe that- soul mates, fate, destiny, the one, meant to be- anything is possible when it comes to love. It's unpredictable and messy and worth falling for.
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