Friday, November 23, 2012

Review: Meant To Be by Lauren Morrill

  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 11/13/2012
  • Pages: 304
  • Source: eARC from publisher via NetGalley for review
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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.
 My Thoughts

This book was fabulously cute!! I loved the setting, I loved the storyline, and I loved the characters. I was really in the mood for a nice light read and this proved to be just what I needed. It was sweet, cute, and romantic! I loved watching Julia go against her normal rules and be completely out of her element. It was fun to see how she reacted to not only the things and people around her, but also to herself. Of course this wasn't all fun and fluff, but in general it's just a feel good story that leaves you smiling.

Julia is smart, always follows the rules, and believes in this perfect idea of romance, perfect love, and your meant to be. Honestly, I thought it was cute that she was so set in her ways that there is the perfect love out there exactly as she imagines. It's so silly, but I love how she clings to the idea.  I think that in the end it makes her realization that she has been fooling herself that much better. I love how smart she is, and also how determined she is when she sets her mind to something. She is a bit self absorbed, but not in a vain type of way. She is just really oblivious to things and people around her. She is so stuck in her own personal reality that she doesn't always see what is right in front of her.

Jason totally stole my heart despite my not liking him at all to begin with... or through most of the story really. He was immature, annoying, and a bit gross. Beyond all of that though, he was really sweet, caring, fun, and perceptive. Yeah, he screws up a little. Okay, maybe a lot, but he's a teenage boy. Of course he does!! Through so much of this book he made me roll my eyes and wonder why Julia would put up with so much from him, especially when she is so annoyed by him, but I totally get it and honestly in the same situation I might have done the same thing. When he lets his sweet side or his fun side out he really seemed like someone great to be around. He's not perfect, but in the end that boy totally melted my heart.

Romantic, funny, and entertaining are just a few of the ways I would describe this book. It's a perfect read when you are just looking for that book that will leave you feeling light hearted and smiling. When you just want a cute romance without so much of the tragedy that fills so many books. It is a quick and fun book that is very satisfying. Though I wouldn't mind hearing more of Julia and Jason's story, this was wrapped up nicely and left me grinning.


17 comments:

  1. This one was so much fun!! I'm happy you liked it too!

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    1. I was so in the mood for a book like this. It was such a feel good book.

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  2. This review makes me want to pick up Meant to Be and read it all over again! After Days of Blood & Starlight, I could use a light, fun read lol.

    I have to completely agree about Jason - I really didn't like him at first, but I noticed throughout the book that I was falling for him, if begrudgingly so! By the end, I was playdough in his hands.

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    1. Yes!! That was exactly how I felt. I fell for him right along with Julia and as with her it took me a while to realize it was happening.

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  3. I enjoyed this one too. Glad you liked it! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

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    1. I did have a great Thanksgiving. Hope you did too!!

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  4. Aww this sounds so sweet! I love the idea of meant to bes even though I don't really believe in it lol. But it makes really great books! >.< But I love how it sounds very character oriented. Even though Jason sounds annoying if he makes you understand him and their situation that's a pretty good sign on characterization. I mean nobody's perfect and flawed characters are always the most realistic imo. I have to check this book out, I have only seen great reviews on it and if you and Christina both loved it I know I will! And I even have it! WOOT!

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    1. Jason will drive you nuts, but in the end it's hard not to fall for him. I hope that you really enjoy this one. It's a really quick read too.

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  5. Awww, I need a good romance story to get into. Thanks for sharing :)

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  6. Ugh, so many great reviews for this one. I want to read it so badly. Glad you enjoyed it Amy. This one is definitely on my wishlist. I find very few contemporaries that I actually want to read. This one is a definite must. Great review.

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  7. I just finished this one, and I think I died from cuteness overload. Seriously! I had this grin on my face for half the time while reading this book, and had to hide it from my family, who already thinks I'm crazy enough. But I totally agree with everything in your review! I liked Julia, although she did get on my nerves occasionally. And the romance was so adorable, even though Jason was a little obnoxious at times. ;) Gotta love a cute couple!

    Fabulous review Amy! <3 I'm glad you enjoyed this one as much as I did. =)

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  8. OOH I'm glad you enjoyed this one so much! I've heard great things absolutely everywhere and it sounds SO sweet and so cute and really light! :) Jason does sound a little annoying and gross, but I'm glad he totally melted your heart in the end because he does sound like a perfect match! :) Awesome review as always!

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  9. Oh fun. So glad you enjoyed. Love a nice light hearted book.

    Valerie

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  10. Sometimes I'm in the mood to read something cute and fluffy. This book sounds perfect for those moments! :D

    Mel@thedailyprophecy.

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  11. This has been on my TBR list for a light pick me up when I am in the right mood. I have heard Jason isn't a very likable love interest though. The setting sounds perfect and I like to mix in some fun romances every now and then!

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  12. Hehe so glad you liked this one. It wasss utterly fabulous!! I agree about Jason. In the beginning he annoyed the heck out of me! But slowly as his character begun opening up I started falling for him. I really liked the London setting too. It was different and fun. Books like these make me more apt to reading other contemporaries instead of sticking mainly to my paranormal/supernatural books.

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  13. I'm so, so excited to start this one. I've heard such amazing things about it, and it sounds like such a cute read. And it's set in LONDON. What more could I want? Though I've heard that Jason isn't entirely likable, I'll definitely be bumping this up on my TBR list after reading your review, now that I know that even though you didn't like him at first, he grew on you. Great review!

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