Friday, June 22, 2012

Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

Publication Date: November 13, 2012
Publisher: Delacorte
Format: eGalley
Page Count: 256
SynopsisMeant 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.
Review: This book! This book, you guys. It had me:

  • Staying up till 4am finishing it
  • Wishing it had far more pages than it actually does
  • Crying
  • Laughing
  • Wanting it to be November 13, 2012 already so that I could have a finished copy in my hands
   This book had an addicting factor to it that wouldn't let me put it down. Not that I minded. I was so engrossed in the story that I was happy to keep on turning pages--until I got to the last ten pages, of course. Then I wished that it would have fifty more so that I could keep reading.

   The main characters are Julia and Jason, who are assigned to be "buddies" for the buddy system. Problem is, Jason is an annoying troublemaker and Julia is a rigid "book licker." (No, seriously, that's her nickname, you guys.) Neither character is particularly likable and they both have a fair share of flaws. It's easy to get frustrated with either of them, but at the same time, it's so easy to fall in love with them as well. 

   I liked Julia a lot. She's a rule-follower and, unlike the rest of her class, wants to actually experience London and its culture. Sometimes, she could be way too strict, or would overreact too much, but all in all, I really enjoyed her character and reading through her point of view. I also liked Jason a lot. He's a huge goofball and likes to have fun (sometimes, too much of it), but he could also be incredibly infuriating and... well, douche-y. Both main characters had their flaws, but it just made them that much more real and likable.

   The romance was lovely. I can understand why some readers might think it's too insta-lovey, considering the book is set over only a few days, but I didn't feel like that at all. The relationships in this novel build slowly and deeply, so I didn't feel any rush to the romance. All I felt was that warm mushy-gushy feeling when you read something adorable.

   The plot was definitely extremely predictable, and I think that's probably the biggest issue I had with the book. I could usually guess most of the plot twists early on in the book, and when everything was revealed and confessions were pouring out, I wasn't surprised. 

   In conclusion, Meant to Be is an outstanding debut that left me wanting more pages--or maybe just another book by the talented Lauren Morrill!

   4.5 keys.


29 comments:

  1. Ooh, I'm so glad that you ended up liking this one! I was so excited when I got it on NetGalley [I literally squealed!]. I love it when characters are flawed- that adds so much more realness to them. And the romance sounds really wonderful. Plus, this book is set in London! I've always wanted to read about London. Even though the plot twists are pretty predictable, I'm definitely going to be picking this one up ASAP [as soon as I get my Kindle back! I lost it!].

    I'm happy that you loved this one so much, Sophia! Lovely review. =)

    -Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

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  2. I know you don't give out your high ratings, lightly and neither do I. I was lucky enough to get approved for a copy. I am looking forward to this as well!

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  3. Great review! I can't wait to get my hands on this one, and now after your review, I'm even more excited! Meant To Be seems to be a light and fun read, just how I like it. The fact that both characters are flawed, makes me enjoy the novel even more. Furthermore I think that most YA novels nowadays are predictable, so that wouldn't be a set-back for me!

    Great review!

    Rachel @ Books to Consider

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  4. Sophia..i love when a book grabs hold of you like this. There is nothing like the thrill of it, even the lack of sleep makes you happy. Sometimes predictable is ok, glad the romance was worth it! Awesome review..adding this one to my list!

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  5. Ahh, I'm having a hard time waiting for November even more NOW that I've read your review! It does sound like it may be a bit insta lovey and predictable, but that doesn't mean I won't like it, although I think it helps knowing that going in.

    Glad you loved it and I can't wait to share in the excitement over reading this book :) Happy reading!

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  6. Oh yay, I'm glad to see you liked this book. It's in my TBR pile and I'm looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the review!

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  7. Wow, great review! I guess I completely overlooked this book. It sounds fantastic! You know a book is good when you don't want it to end. ;) I love the sound of the romance and can't wait to meet these characters. So glad you liked it!

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  8. It's funny how that works. That if we get a slow build, even if it's only a couple days, it makes it not insta-lovey. This one sounds really good and your review has me really wanting to read it! I'm so glad it wasn't a disappointment!

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  9. Wow, such an early review! I can see why you liked it and I'm glad the main characters + romance worked for you. Great review. :)

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    1. I know--it's a really early review! But I just couldn't wait. D:

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  10. Ahhhhh I totally just gasped and got all excited and giggly and giddy!! OMGOMGOMG ok I might just skip over a bunch of reads I have to get to and read this...sounds AMAZING!!!! I'm soooo excited to get lost in this adorable-sounded romance!! :D

    Brilliant review, Sophia! :D Looking forward to this like nothing else!

    Sierra @ Yearning to Read

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  11. i want this book badly
    arg
    great review

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  12. EEEEEE Sophia! You make me desperate for this book now! I've seen this book before but never actually got interested in reading the book until reading your review. After reading your review, I AM 110% convinced I NEED TO BUY IT WHEN IT'S OUT!

    Awesome review, Sophia! ♥ So glad you enjoyed it!

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  13. Great review Sophia! I'm so excited to start this book soon! I'm trying to wait to read it but I may break my schedule and read it early now. It sounds so good! Julia and Jason sound like really great characters, even if Jason is infuriating a bit. Sometimes I like when a book like this is really predictable though. Can't wait to read this one! :)

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  14. Oh My Gosh!!! I am beyond excited that you have this much love for a contemp!!! This makes me want to hug you :0)

    Seriously, though, I totally agree with you on this book. It was so addictive and sweet. The predictability bugged me a little, too, but I still couldn't help loving it! We'll make you a contemp-a-holic, yet :0p

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  15. Aw, man! That release date is sooooo far away. How will I cope? LOL

    I bet this book will remind me of my trip to London, only I wasn't lucky enough to find my MTB! LOL

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  16. You're so lucky! I remember this was available in Netgalley but it was only open for those who were in U.S. I'm really excited for this one.I'm glad to know that you enjoyed it and that it was really engrossing. This sounds like a lot fun. Great review, Sophia. :)

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  17. Hahaha I love that list, Sophia!! x) That's like my checklist for an epic book too. And I'm SO happy that you posted this review now because now I now to put an order in for next month that includes this book, since I only do that once a month! :D It sounds ah-mazing, especially knowing that being meant to be doesn't include automatic insta-love! ;)

    Amazing review, Sophia! <3

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  18. Nice review, I'm glad you enjoyed this one! I don't know if I would enjoy it or not, since it does sound very predictable...but then again, I like the setting since I want to visit London!

    -Lauren

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  19. I'm so glad you enjoyed this! I really have been hoping that it lives up to it's gorgeous cover! I like the sound of Julia, sometimes it's the flawed characters that are the best to read about :)

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  20. This sounds a little similar to The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, which I've just finished reading! The cover is so pretty and the synopsis is so cute <3 Your high praise of this book is encouraging me get my hands on it when it's released later in the year, Sophia - I love books that leave you wanting more and ones that keep you up at night (or should I say morning) to finish it! I can't wait to meet Julia and Jason, despite their flaws I think I'll love them :)

    Lovely review, Sophia <3

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  21. I love your checklist; that's basically all you could ask for in a book. It's a shame it was predictable, though. ):

    Your review has still got me dying to read this, Sophia! Adding it to my Wishlist now.

    Gorgeous review, thank you for introducing me.(:

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  22. I requested this one because I thought it would be a cute story and it sounds like that ends up being the case. I really like it when characters are flawed because it makes them easier to relate to.

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  23. I have this one as an e-galley as well, and now I'm even more excited to read it! I'm so glad you enjoyed Meant to Be. :) Great review!
    - Lauren

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  24. Oh my god. I'm so glad you LOOOVED this book! Amazing review, Sophia! This sounds fantabulous and I have this one thanks to NG so I cannot wait to get reading! YAY :D Predictability aside this sounds SO GOOD. Anything that keeps you up till 4am is! :)

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  25. Gosh, this book sounds totally awesome! <3 I love the cover sooo much, and you just totally convince me to buy this book when it comes out, Sophia! <3 Sometimes I think insta-love is very romantic and sweet, as long as the characters are adorable! x) And the setting!! Oh my gosh, I love all things British LOL! x)

    Gorgeous review like always, Sophia! <3

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  26. OMG!! kyaaaaaaaaaaaa! fangirling!! I've been wanting to read this book so badly since I saw the cover. Yes, I meant, when I saw the Big Ben and the couple, I new this book would be totally for me! <3 and holy cow, Im so glad you loved it SO much! Now thanks to you Im even more excited OMG! I'll probably stay until 4am turning pages of this beautiful contemporary romance!
    Outstanding review! thnx so much!! ^.^

    XOXOXO

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  27. Oh wow! I've never heard of this book until now, but that description alone is enough to make me want to put this on my wishlist. Awesome review! I don't like insta-love but this looks reeeaaallly interesting and defo worth a try. Thanks for sharing!

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  28. Yay! I'm so glad you liked this one! I have really high expectations of it, especially with that gorgeous cover, so I'm thrilled to hear that it lives up. Brilliant review! :D

    ~Keertana
    Ivy Book Bindings

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