“Why does everyone think a girl who prefers books to people must be in want of a life?”
Title: Meant to Be
Author: Lauren Morrill
Why you should read this book: Because it is sweet, young love and everything.
Summary from Goodreads:
It’s one thing to fall head over heels into a puddle of hazelnut coffee, and quite another to fall for – gasp – the wrong guy. Straight-A junior Julia may be accident prone, but she’s the 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. Julia also believes in fate, and that Mark, her childhood crush, is her MTB – her meant-to-be.
But this spring break, Julia’s rules are about to get defenestrated (SAT word: 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 live a little along the way. And thus begins a wild-good 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 don’t use airplane bathrooms. As a rule. And I really don’t like breaking rules. (It’s kind of one of my rules.) I mean, if I’m going to plummet to my death, it’s not going to be with my pants around my ankles.”
What a cute little book!! It brought me a lot of feelings and left me with the need to go back to London and visit all the places Julia and Jason went to. From that weird Starbucks to the bookstore with the live music in the back.
Julia is visiting London with school. She wants to see a lot of places, has everything planned, and she brought books to read everywhere, three out of five travel guides, pencils to spare and a notebook. What can go wrong when everything is so well scheduled? The teacher paired them up and they can’t go anywhere without their travel buddies. Julia, the lonely traveler, away from her best friend, is paired with the boy she calls her nemesis, Jason: class clown and red haired little boy in the body of a high school boy.
“There’s a difference between preferring books to parties and preferring sixteen cats to seeing the light of day.”
Jason and Julia find themselves in so many adventures, following a guy who is messaging Julia after a crazy party. The places they go, what they find, the feelings starting to change. The FRUSTRATION!! OMG, I was going to throw something at Jason, then at Julia. Guys, miscommunication, the mortal enemy of all YA novels. Let’s play weird fake scenarios in our heads instead of asking the person right in front of me for the truth. In Julia’s defense, she did ask sometimes, but our cute Jason wasn’t willing to share. It’s hard to follow our feelings when they are new and strong.
“Or 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 loved this book. It was a funny and light read. It surprised me; I didn’t see a lot of things coming, aside from that one detail that HAD to happen because, come on, this is a YA romance novel, of course they had to fall for each other. Other than that, the book surprised me with a lot of twists that glued me to the pages until it was over. Then I could breathe again, smiling like a dumb dumb!
Do I recommend it? Of course, why wouldn’t I? This book is beautiful.