Synopsis for Meant to Be (from Goodreads.com):
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.
I went into this book not sure what to expect. I’m right on that cusp of being too old to read high school-er aged character books but not too old that I probably shouldn’t be reading them. I knew it would either be really awesome or just fall flat. Turns out, it was really awesome!
This book was a lot of fun! I laughed, I sighed, smacked my head in disbelief and just enjoyed every minute reading it. While predictable, there are a few little twists along the way that stop its seemingly clear and set path.
I think I liked this book so much because I can relate to Julia in a lot of ways. Certainly not in the pining for a guy she hasn’t talked to in ages but in not breaking the rules and the like. But she really grows up as you read and let’s out a side of her I don’t think she knew she had.
There’s not much else to say without giving it all away but a super fun read nonetheless. I went abroad when I was in high school for a class trip and this book brought back a lot of memories for me which probably added to my experience (but definitely not required to read!). Now I really want to go to London…
Don’t go into this book taking it to seriously or you won’t enjoy it. It’s just a fun read about enjoying your time as a teenager and seeing life and love from a different perspective . If you don’t like high school romances and often immature/goofy heroes, avoid this book! Otherwise, try it out!
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Travel
Recommended for: 16+
SERIESous’ Top Book Series: Top Stand-alone of 2013
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