Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers/ Listening Libaray Random House Audio
Available: Now! November 2012
Source: Random House Audio for review
Meant to be or not meant to be . . . that is the question.Review:
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.
"If you're into swoony romances with a little bit of history thrown in, you'll love Meant to Be."--HelloGiggles.com
"Fun, fresh and irresistibly romantic. STB (SURE to be) loved!"--Sarah Mlynowski
"Readers of Jennifer E. Smith and Stephanie Perkins will revel in this debate about love ruled by the stars or as a matter of the heart."--Shelf Awareness
I can’t believe I have waited this long to listen to and/or read this book. Meant To Be is a beautiful love story set in London about a teenage girl on a class trip. She has a secret crush, an annoying travel buddy, and a mystery guy texting her and her whole world is topsy turvy over these guys.
Julie is your typical teenage girl, in this case the nerdy kind, straight A’s, doesn’t break rules, doesn’t get involved with trouble. She is also shy and nervous and confused about her love life. On her class trip she is forced to rethink her values of love and what is ‘meant to be’ and it may not be her ideal outcome.
The story was witty and entertaining. Julia and Jason are hilarious to encounter, they play off of each other in both good ways and bad and their snarky picking at one another is so funny. I found myself laughing along with the jokes and out of place actions of Jason.
The love element in this plot was very staggered, as a reader you can kind of see where it is going, then second-guess yourself, and maybe come back again. I think that is an example of some awesome writing and character building if any.
Lauren Morrill did a great job expressing all of the fears, happiness, nervousness, and crazy that comes with having feelings for someone. This was a very fun read.
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