Friday, February 14, 2014

[Book Review] Meant To Be by Lauren Morrill

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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 is surprisingly too adorable! It was cute, wacky, and fun, with a sweet romance a-brewing. 

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Story begins when Julia and her classmates get on the plane to go to London for their field trip. She is the perfect student and absolutely refuses to break any rules. That is also one of her rules. But when they arrived at London and she has to pair up with Jason for the "Buddy System", things couldn't have turned out more differently. 

On her first night in UK, she goes to the party with Jason and decides that she could be someone else other then just "Book-Licker". She gets a lot of phone numbers and parties her butt off. But when a mysterious number starts texting her from the party, she doesn't know who to choose. Mark, her childhood friend and MTB (Meant To Be), Jason, who is abnoxious and loud but uber cute, or Chris, a mysterious but amazing guy. Her parents' perfect marriage taught her that she has only one soulmate but London proves her otherwise.

"Maybe Jason's right: there are perfect people, many of them, and it's up to you to grab one when you find each other in the random chaos of life and love.”

I like to think that I'm not in Romance stage at the moment. Lately I've read a lot of different genres but Romance made me DNF the book and move on. But.. Meant to Be turned me and now I use words like "adorable" and "uber cute". But I loved reading about Julie and her obsession with literature and number 2 pencils. She was your typical geeky girl who wasn't noticed much but still got the hot guy.

But what really set this book apart was that it wasn't all romance. Characters actually fought and actually had real-life conversations that I actually believed in. Definitely one of the better Romance books that I've read in awhile and really enjoyed reading it.