Thursday, November 8, 2012

Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

Meant to Be 
by Lauren Morrill
256 pages
YA Romance
Nov. 13, 2012

Book Jacket Summary
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
Julia and Jason are paired up as buddies on their class trip to London and Julia could not be more disappointed. Jason is the class clown and is a total jerk, calling Julia "Book Licker" because of her nerdy tendencies. Julia is a geek and is rather proud of her 4.0. She has her trip all planned out and is ready to see all that London has to offer (within the guidelines). Instead she is coerced into going to a party with Jason, where she gets drunk and has a wicked hangover the next day. When she starts to get texts from a mysterious Chris that she must have met at the party, Julia strikes a deal with Jason to find him.
Julia is a hard girl to pin down because she is out of her element with this trip. None of her friends were able to go and she is not really friendly with any of the other students on the trip. Jason becomes an anchor, especially when he is sweet to her but Julia has a rollercoaster of emotions throughout.
Jason has his own problems but they are rather realistic. He is dealing with the abandonment of his mother and decides to get drunk more than once on the trip. Julia hides his condition and even has to stay in his room overnight because she lost her spare key.
The book has a cute wrap up and it was not what I expected, which is kinda hard to do. This is a great read for teens, especially those who long for a romantic trip to London. Cute characters and a fun plot- predicable but in a good way.

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  1. Oooo I loved this book! Glad you liked it too! It makes me happy whenever I see positive reviews of this one :)

    1. It is a fun read and made me want to go to London! How could I not like it?

  2. I love the idea of book, and the cover is so ADORABLE!
    It looks like a very light paranormal read. It is very girly and looks good for teenagers.
    GREAT review, Karen
    Your constant reader,


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