Rating: ★★★★ (4.5 stars)
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
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.
Will I ever read anything as adorable as Meant to Be again? I doubt it.
I went into this book without any expectations, I only hoped to read something quick and cute. Meant to Be was exactly I wanted and more.
The romance was absolutely adorable. It wasn’t forced or rushed, and the main two characters actually take their time to get to know each other, often through hilarious shenanigans. What I enjoyed about it so much was that their relationship was first founded in friendship and trust, which is my favorite kind of romance.
The characters too were enjoyable and relatable. Julia is silly and romantic and a pushover, but those traits never particularly annoyed me. She was supposed to be a little annoying and unrealistic, just like Jason was supposed to be immature and irresponsible. They were definitely flawed, but they grew and developed. The point of the story was that they became better versions of themselves thanks to the other.
One thing I specially enjoyed was that the book was set in London. Morrill used the city to its full capacity to create a memorable and romantic atmosphere for the story.
I would recommend this for any readers looking for a cute romance and fans of Stephanie Perkins’ books.
I’d like to submit a picture of my cat cuddling with my book collection, I think it fits with the theme! awesome blog btw!
Mid 19th century leather bound book with gilt edges and gauffered (patterned) detailing
London 1848 - binder unknown
guess who get the complete series of unfortunate events as an early birthday present!!!