Review: Meant To Be, by Lauren Morrill

Meant to Be cover“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.”

When I first saw the cover on tumblr a while ago, I was intrigued – it was gorgeous and when I looked up the book recently, I thought it sounded great. And (excuse my French) HOLY CRAP was it a good book.

I’d go so far as to say this was one of the best (and undoubtedly cutest) YA romances I’ve read in ages, rivalling my favourite, Anna and the French Kiss.

Julia is a bit uptight, totally focused on school, 100% organised, and a bookworm. A school trip to London, including a visit to the home of Shakespeare himself, is her idea of heaven. The thing I liked about Julia was that she’s so driven and so focused that when she might’ve come across as pretentious and bitchy, you didn’t really think that of her, because you understood that she was just like that, and she wasn’t doing things to be mean or to prove she was better than anyone else.

The chemistry between Julia and her trip buddy, Jason, was there right from the word go. Think Lizzie Bennett and Mr Darcy mixed with your favourite literary couple ever and you might come close. Jason, despite acting immature at times, was so sweet to Julia even if she didn’t always notice, and he’s helping her chase down the mysterious Chris who’s sending her flirty texts. Yep – he’s helping her chase down a different guy. But hey, they say it’s the journey and not the destination that matters, right?

To throw a spanner in the works: Julia is still focused on the idea of her old neighbour, Mark, being her MTB – the guy she’s destined to be with. And I totally ADORED the way Morrill dealt with that later on in the book. But I don’t wanna give anything away, so I’ll leave you hanging there about Mark…

The pace of the book was brilliant, and I loved the way it was written – flowed beautifully, was engaging from ‘Chapter 1: Down and Dirty and Thirty Thousand Feet’, and with fantastic characters that felt like they jumped right off the page.

Maybe not a complete rave review but I don’t want to ruin too much of this book for you – it’s one you’ll have to read and experience for yourselves, and I really recommend that you do!

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