Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill [book review]

Meant to Be coverMeant to Be by Lauren Morrill
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Release Date: November 13th 2012
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Series: none

Goodreads description: 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 was on my Summer TBR list, and I finally got around to reading it!

Meant to Be is the story of Jules going to London on a school trip and maybe finding love. She miscalculated the dates of the trip, and none of her friends are able to go. The buddy system attacks her with a loud guy that she doesn’t really care for. His name is Jason. She believes in fate and that you’re “meant to be” with someone, and she clings to that idea.

I thought this book sounded sweet and fluffy, and it might make me happy like Anna and the French Kiss. But I was pretty annoyed through the whole thing. Jules is smart and determined, she’s excited about London, but she doesn’t have friends on the trip. She kind of just acts really ridiculous. She tries to take chances and make sure she’ll have fun. She does take some chances, but she also did things I just rolled my eyes at. The romance could have been cute, if predictable, but I thought there was a lot of contrived drama that didn’t feel realistic to me. The end seemed very bam! it’s over and unsatisfactory.

Jules and Jason were the only characters the reader gets a chance to know, and neither were very likable. Jules tried too hard and clung to ridiculous idea. Jason was almost a caricature of an annoying teenager. He had hidden depths, but they weren’t deep enough to compensate for the annoying surface he flings at the world.

two star rating

Meant to Be didn’t work out for me, but I didn’t hate it. I wouldn’t read it again. Shout out to Alli at Little Birdie Books because she didn’t like it much either, and her review is better than mine! I wish I’d paid more attention =) I’m still interested in reading Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill because ice skating = yay, but I’m a bit worried about the romance in it. I will see! I think a lot of people did enjoy this book, so if you think it sounds like something you might like, you should give it a shot! You might like Meant to Be if you like class trips to London, arguing, and questioning fate!

Check out Lauren Morrill‘s website and twitter!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books At The Top Of My Summer TBR List

Top 10 Tuesday is hosted at The Broke & The Bookish. For more info you can check out the page for it and future topics here.

(I just decided to do this, so apologies for two meme posts in a row. I meant to post a review yesterday but I didn’t get it finished.)

I’m not good at planning what to read. I always hop around with what I have. But there are some books I’ve been meaning to read for a while now and some new releases/finds that I’ve been itching to read!


1. The Telling by Ursula K. Le Guin – I read Lathe of Heaven for a lit class and loved it. I found this in a used bookstore less than a year ago but haven’t gotten around to it.

2. The Last Bridge by Teri Coyne – Just a random book I picked up at Target and never read, oops.

3. Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce – My mom actually got this for me at this neat place for teachers. I like retellings and I enjoyed Purity by Pearce so I’m interested!

4. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova – I picked up this and #5 at the same time at B&N three or four years ago and for some reason never read either. I’ve heard so many good things about this one, too!

5. The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan – This one just caught my eye and it was half off!

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1. For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund – I’ve wanted to read this since it came out and I have no idea why I never did! I’ve heard so many good things and excitement about the second book. I’m not sure what it’s about because I like going in blind sometimes!

2. When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney – I saw Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner compare this guy POV to Adam from Where She Went on twitter. Plus I’ve heard it’s a tear-jerker and I like crying in books. Sold.

3. Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente – Someone I follow on tumblr that’s not a book blogger really loves this book and it seems really interesting. I’ve gotten more interested in reading about Russia in general and this is about Russian folk-lore/fairy tale and has a good romance from what I hear!

4. Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill – Class trip and mtb-ness? Sounds fun and the cover is pretty! I’ve seen a lot of positive things about this book!

5. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson – I’ve always loved anything to do with Peter Pan! I’ve also heard this one is a sobfest.

Have you read any of these books? What’s on your summer TBR? Leave your links!