Thursday, November 1, 2012

Review: Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

Thursday, November 1, 2012 with 21 comments
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Title:  Meant to Be
Author:  Lauren Morrill
Series:  stand-alone
Publisher:  Delacorte
Publication Date:  November 13, 2012
Source:  galley from publisher via Netgalley
Purchase:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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.  THIS BOOK!  It may just be my favorite YA contemporary EVER!  If you know me at all, you know I was once – okay, am still – very skeptical of contemporary novels.  I’m afraid of finding them vapid and shallow and then having to review the insipid things.  So, even before I started Meant to Be, I prayed to the book gods that it would be as good as My Life Next Door for me because prior to reading this novel, that was the best YA contemporary I’d ever read.  But Meant to Be was even better…it surpassed my wildest expectations and then some!

I identified with this book on a level I never thought possible.  So maybe I’ve never been in this exact situation before, but the way the author portrayed the characters and their interactions just made it so legitimately real that it was as if I had…like I was reliving a past memory and not simply reading a novel.  I was transported to London, walking the streets with my classmates, taking in the culture and the people.  I was sneaking out with my trip buddy to take in a party, even though that’s totally not my style.  And even though this book isn’t about me….I really want it to be now.  It was just so cute and quirky and full of awkward that I need to make it real and commit those moments to memory.

So, remember that antagonistic relationship Cole and Isabel had in The Wolves of Mercy Falls series?  Yeah, that’s exactly how Julia and Jason behave towards each other throughout the entirety of the book.  You see the chemistry from the get-go, but Julia’s narrating and it’s pretty obvious she’s kinda clueless about the male gender in general.  She’s got the hots for this stuffy guy named Mark who was her playmate when they were younger. He moved away and only recently moved back to town and is attending her high school.  And man, is Julia crushing hard.  She seriously believes this guy is her “meant to be”, hence the premise of the story.

She may be book-smart, but poor Julia has got a lot to learn.  And that’s where Jason comes in.  He’s going to help the girl out, if she helps him out by writing all of his papers for the class trip.  So they have tons of little adventures in London because this guy is not going to let Julia off the hook.  She is super up-tight and needs to let loose, and Jason is just the guy to show her how.  Julia is a very reluctant pupil, though, and hijinks ensue.  Jason isn’t your usual swoony rogue, and so it’s going to take more than a little convincing for Julia to see the light.  But he’s got some things working for him…namely, a great sense of humor, but best of all?  He’s a GINGER!!!!  I have so much love for this romance…you don’t even know!!

I don’t think it’s too spoilery to tell you to forget about that Mark guy…just forget he exists entirely.  Don’t be mad…you can read the synopsis and figure that much out on your own.  Trust me….I knew where it was going from the onset but the ride was sooo much fun! And in the end, that's all that matters, right?  It was just too freaking adorable to be upset that I’d predicted it all.  So, just sit back, relax, and enjoy this crazy, wild, TOTALLY AWKWARD ride for what it is.  I’ve already pre-ordered my own copy so that I can go again.  J  Plus, that cover is gorgeous and somehow, just knowing I’ll be able to look at it whenever I’m feeling down puts a smile on my face.  The story is seriously that much fun.

Favorite quote:

“Julia, you are my ‘buddy,’” he says, using the requisite air quotes.  “I would never put you in harm’s way.”
“Oh, right.  You’d only take me to a party full of strangers in a foreign country and abandon me.  Then get me caught in a street brawl, where I lose all my stuff including my pocket Shakespeare.”
“Your pocket what?”  He raises an eyebrow.  He probably thinks I’m talking about a mini-Shakespeare action figure.  (Actually, I do have one of those.  But I left it back in Newton, thankyouverymuch.) – p. 62 of galley

Rating:  Photobucket

21 comments:

  1. Wow, I've wanted to get my hands on this book for awhile and your review makes that want a need! Fantastic review and I love the quote you included, it made me laugh! (:

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    1. The whole book is like that...so much fun!

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  2. How fun! It's so apparent from this review you enjoyed this book immensely. Very well-written and hysterical review. You captured my interest :)

    Best,
    Danielle
    http://thereaderscommute.blogspot.com

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    1. I loved it! It's a serious contender for my favorite book this year. :)

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  3. Whoa -- thanks for reminding me that this is on my Kindle. With the new NetGalley, all my old books are hiding somewhere and I keep forgetting about them. This is what I'm reading next, and I'm totally in the mood for a contemporary!

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    1. It's a great pick me up! Hope you love it!

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  4. And ... is this a new blog design -- I like it!!!

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    1. Yup. :) Thanks...felt like the ole girl needed some color and fun. :D

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  5. I have been trying to get to this book forever. It sounds soo good. love your review. I need to get my hands on it right away. I am really getting into contemporaries lately and this one is at the top of my list. Oh and I just love the cover!

    PS... Don't see many ginger guys in books. Awesome!

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    1. Me, too...if I could, I might just read nothing but contemps for the rest of the year. ;) And I know...gingers deserve more attention. :D

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  6. I've heard so many great things about this book I really need to read this! I'm so happy you enjoyed the book :) Great review!

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    1. I don't think I've heard a single bad thing about Meant to Be. It's just too cute! :D

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  7. Alright. That's it, Jeannette. I'm ordering Meant to Be. The sweetness,and quirkiness sounds perfect. I've been reading so many heavy books. This sounds perfect.
    Great review!

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    1. Yay! I can't wait to see what you think of it!

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  8. I am so glad you enjoyed Meant To Be. I didn't like reading contemporary novels either but when I read Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry and Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins my whole perspective changed! I love your review and the quote you used at the end lol, super funny!

    Kayla @ Bengal Reads

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one who was afraid of them. :P I really enjoyed Pushing the Limits, too, but I haven't read Temptation yet. It's on the list, though. :)

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  9. I liked this one too! Really sweet story.

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  10. I'm cheering on my side of the screen. I SO BADLY wanted this book to be good. Can't wait to get my hands on it!

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  11. I've personally always loved contemporary novels, since I read my first Sarah Dessen. It's not for everyone, obviously. Some people want to read books that are as different from real life as possible. I enjoy fantasy/dystopian/paranormal books too but contemps tend to be my absolute favourites. I'm absolutely dying to read Meant to Be and already reserving a mental spot for it in my favourites. Can't wait :)

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