Review * Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

December 3, 2012 Reviews 14 ★★★★

Review * Meant to Be by Lauren MorrillMeant to Be by Lauren Morrill
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers on November 13, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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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…

  • Everyone was right, this is a cute book!
  • I absolutely adored Julia. First of she is a total book nerd! She knows the value of carrying books around at all times (Side note: I’m writing this review right now, instead of reading, because I forgot my ereader at home and I don’t have any books in my car so I am completely bookless. Fail). She shows the proper love and care for books and bookstores make her swoon. She takes notes in books. She likes to organize. She follows the rules. A lot of the things she did and ways she behaved reminded me of me back in the day.
  • I also loved Julia’s voice. She was funny and insecure and smart all rolled into one. The perfect combination.
  • There were a couple of small surprises here and there but for the most part it was fairly predictable but in cute books like this I really don’t mind. In fact in all books I pretty like knowing the end game of who is going to end up with whom. It’s the how they get there that is fun for me.
  • I loved the adventure they had going around London. Someday I will go here.
  • The nickname “Book Licker” is not ever ok. It drove me absolutely nuts that this was what Jason called Julia.
  • Jason was pretty hit or miss for me. There were sometimes where he was just so sweet and cute and others were I pretty much just wanted to slap him. It’s my personal opinion that he was a little too mean. I’m just not sure I could like a guy who could be that mean.
  • Meant To Be has the cutest chapter titles!
  • There were a couple of other logistical things about the kids being in London that kind of bothered me. There was only one teacher for 20 kids, so not gonna happen. Kids allowed to wander off in pairs throughout London, not gonna happen either. But since Meant To Be is so cute I can easily forgive.

Notable Quotes

“There’s a difference between preferring books to parties and preferring sixteen cats to seeing the light of day.”

“I have my own e-reader, but I hardly ever use it. I need to fold down pages and flag passages with sticky notes. I need to experience books, not just read them. I never go anywhere without a book in my bag, and to travel across the ocean, I’d packed more than my fair share.”

“Why does every1 think a girl who prefers bks to ppl must be in want of a life? –J”

“I don’t use airplane bathrooms. As a rule. And I really don’t like breaking rules. (It’s kind of one of my rules.) I mean, if I’m going to plummet to my death, it’s not going to be with my pants around my ankles.”

* I debated for a long time between 3 and 4 stars because  I just couldn’t stand the Book Licker nickname, but ultimately Julia’s book nerdiness won over and I went with 4!


14 Responses to “Review * Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill”

  1. Kelsey@TheLostBookReports

    I totally loved this book! I will disagree about kids allowed to run around town.. In basically all my field trips out of town from middle school on . We had designated times to run around the city of our own.

  2. I Talk Books!

    This book sounds so good and I have heard nothing but good things about it.
    I really need to read this. Great Review! You have convinced me to buy the book. :)

  3. Jen Ryland/YA Romantics

    I am generally not a fan of character nicknames and this has to be one of my least favorite ever. I think it was supposed to be a play on her last name, but I kept misreading it as “Boot Licker” which made it even worse.

  4. Christina

    Oh yeah, Book Licker. I didn’t like that either. I’ve never licked a book, I don’t think. Though, I guess it’s possible, like if I was eating chocolate and spilled it on the cover or something. Still, a bit odd.

    Jason was definitely hit or miss, but I didn’t think he was her MEANT TO BE, as I don’t super believe in that, but I think he’s the perfect guy for her to enjoy her last summer before college with. He can open her up a little bit, but they’re not perfect forever.

    As far as logistics go, one teacher was pretty weird. In college when we went, we had TWO professors. I also thought it was crazy that the school gave them all cell phones. YEAH, RIGHT.

  5. Bittner

    Okay, I kind of want to read this now because Julia’s love of books has won me over…but I’m not into guys who are mean. And I think that no matter how much I am into the book, that could stop me in my tracks.