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Meant to Be Hardcover – November 13, 2012
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Sometimes I read YA contemporary romance and I wonder if maybe I'll a little too jaded for my own good. I mean, is there nothing left in this realm that I can stand?
Turns out, there is. And it's this book.
I'll admit I had my reservations going into it. I mean, the premise is nothing new. The main character, Julia, has the nickname of "Book Licker" for good reason. She's a straight up nerd with a kooky best friend, a secret crush on a childhood friend and then she gets stuck with a guy she abhors for nine days in London. Quite frankly, I've seen this a million times with the variables tweaked.
But there's a saying, and that's that everything that is being written has always been written, and it's how you write it that makes a difference. If you've followed any of my reviews on romance in any kind of book, you'll know I'm very hard to please. That gives more weight to be saying that I fell head over heels for this book.
It wasn't perfect, and I'll get to that in a minute, but the point is that I found it amazingly cute. Julia's devotion to her parents and the concept of finding the one "meant to be" was absolutely touching. I was reading and giggling all the way through. Julia and Jason are the standard rom-com couple that can't stand each other, but the way they handle it and the things they say are just far too cute. They actually do end up getting rather nasty with each other too, which makes it more real--it's not just surface tension. I don't want to give away anything about the rest of the plot, but the twists thrown that complicate everything were actually interesting for the most part.Read more ›
I could tell straight off that this novel would be a fantabulous read for me. The book opens with, "There are certain things in life that just suck. Pouring a big bowl of Lucky Charms before realizing the milk is expired, the word 'moist,' falling face-first into the salad bar in front of the entire lacrosse team . . ." It you can make me laugh with the first two sentences, things are looking up. I proceeded to highlight a bunch of quotes that spoke to me and made me laugh. If you go on GR, right now and look up quotes by Lauren Morrill, I added all of them, because I'm a nutter and obsessed.
My very favorite aspect of Meant to Be is how well-drawn Julia is. She totally rocks, but which I mean she's kind of awkward and judgmental and anal-retentive. Julia might have more in common with me than any heroine I've ever encountered, with our main differences being her skill as a swimmer and her dedication to homework. Julia, like me, is not a rule-breaker, pretty much as a rule, and, when she does break them, it's this sort of painful mix of fun and fear. She loves reading more than just about anything else and has only one close friend, Phoebe. On top of that, she's introverted and has curly, frizzy hair she cannot figure out what to do with.Read more ›
Well I did click with Julia initially. She has great plans for enjoying this trip to London especially because of the special meaning it has for her parents. Although her father is now deceased, she anticipates feeling connected with him again by seeing the places that were so special to them. But as the book wore on, I thought Julia got kind of the raw end of the stick. The aforementioned "free-spirited boy", named Jason, is kind of a jerk. I found him unbelievably annoying. I hated how he (and others around her) were pushing her to be more like him. Yes, she was a little uptight and didn't need to schedule everything so strictly but I didn't want her to be more like him. I wanted him to be more like her-demonstrating respect, not freaking out their chaperone (and they really should have had several chaperones) by running around a foreign city, and just generally not doing whatever stupid thing pops into their head. So Jason didn't work for me.
There was also an event that might have been a surprise so I'm not going to spoil it but which was quite obvious to me (the phone thing was kind of ridiculous-would the school really buy that many phones for these students?). I don't have much else to say because this is a very character-driven novel. Since Julia and Jason were unappealing to me, it soured me on the whole novel. However readers who love London-set novels will surely enjoy that aspect as I did.
Cover: I really love this cover-I think it's SO pretty.
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Good story. The illustrations add flavor to the book.
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Excellent debut novel from Morrill! Thoughtfully written and well-developed. Can't wait to see what else Morrill has in store for her readers!Published 3 months ago by holmesmm
I loved it a lot because it was up and down and up and down and up and down through the whole bookPublished 5 months ago by Kelly Bryant
This book was pretty good. I LOVED all the twists and turns. A teenager gets paired up with her enemy a boy who breaks the rules and doesn't care about his education on a trip to... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Colleen B.
Immature boy teases up-tight girl because he actually likes her--a common storyline. What can change things for the reader, however, is if the author is able to create characters... Read morePublished 8 months ago by JenBen
Julia Lichtenstein has wanted to go to London ever since her parents told her how they fell in love with the city on their honeymoon. Read morePublished 8 months ago by A Leisure Moment
Book arrived at lightning speed! Just the way that I have fallen in love with this book! I mean I read just about everything and this book is soo me! I'm her! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazonian
It starts out on a plane (I love plane rides!) with London as the destination. Serendipitous, as I was also reading The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight which is also... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Tammy Smith