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