Author: Lauren Morrill
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Summary (from Goodreads): 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.
My Summary: Julia has always known what she wanted out of life, and she thought she knew exactly how she was going to get it - a straight-A student and swim-team champ, some would call her an overachiever. However, there's one thing Julia can't add to her list of accomplishments: her lifelong crush on Mark Bixford (aka her MTB) hasn't amounted to much of anything yet.
But she's determined. And when her class trip to London gets her stuck with Jason - a typical class clown and someone whose greatest goal in life is to make it into the mile high club - she knows she's going to come out of the experience with a thousand more reasons why Mark is her perfect guy.
Or not. After being dragged to a party and giving her number to a few British hotties, Julia's prospects have suddenly opened up. Mark may be her MTB, but would it hurt to have a little fun in the meantime?
My Thoughts: Those of you who read my reviews regularly (and I really hope it's not just you out there, mom) know that I love anything and everything that has to do with travel. Travel books are my reading guilty pleasure, and Meant to Be was no exception. Getting to see London through Julia's eyes was great - especially because the way she planned every second of her trip and then ended up ditching the plan was exactly what I did on my last vacation. Seriously, plans are overrated.
Jason and Julia were great characters. I loved the banter between the two - and the chemistry in general. Adorable all around, you know? I was sad to finish because I felt like I was saying goodbye to some awesome people. They had so much depth that at times you forgot they weren't real.
The writing flowed beautifully, and the descriptions of London and surrounding cities made me want to jump on the next flight there.
Final Thoughts: If you haven't already, please check out Meant to Be! I definitely recommend it for fans of contemporary lit, romance, YA, and travel.