October 31, 2012
Meant To Be by Lauren Morrill
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Review Source: Netgalley
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
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.
‘Meant To Be’ really suckered me in with that cover, I’ll admit it. I also couldn’t resist an opposites attract romance set during a class trip to London, England (aka one of my favourite cities). Then once bloggers started flailing about it and calling it the next ‘Anna and the French Kiss’ I knew I had to read this one ASAP. Unfortunately ‘Meant To Be’ failed to meet my (admittedly high) expectations.
Julia, the main character, was just too rigid to identify with, which I found frustrating. I am suspect numero uno for following the rules and being a bit of a stick in the mud, so when I say that Julia was too much for me in this regard you know it’s serious. Similarly, with so many positive reviews about the epicness and swooniness of this book the reality just fell flat to me. I felt like the book was okay, but nothing that sticks out in my mind either. A few weeks after reading it I actually had to look up the main character’s name to complete my review notes. It just didn’t stick with me for some reason.
So, sadly, this book was just not for me. It was cute enough to read through once, hence the 3 stars. It’s not like I incredibly disliked ‘Meant To Be’, despite what it may seem, I just found it lacked the special romantic something that would garner it five, or even four, stars. An okay book to pass the time, but nothing to flail about.
Pretty much perfection. So freaking pretty!
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