Meant to Be

Meant to Be

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A girl with it all planned out discovers a romance she never expected in this funny debut about a class trip to London that says you'll love "if you're into swoony romances with a little bit of history thrown in."

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. *** "Readers of Jennifer E. Smith and Stephanie Perkins will revel in this debate about love ruled by the stars or as a matter of the heart." --Shelf Awareness "Fun, fresh and irresistibly romantic. STB (SURE to be) loved!" --Sarah Mlynowski "Star-crossed characters, hilarious dialogue, and a perfect London setting. I loved Meant to Be!" -Robin Benway, author of Emmy & Oliver
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 292 pages
  • 147 x 213 x 30mm | 386g
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0385741774
  • 9780385741774
  • 91,450

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"If you're into swoony romances with a little bit of history thrown in, you'll love Meant to Be. I love this book because it's funny, it has a super-relatable heroine, and it features a ton of romantic tension...Lauren Morrill rules and this book is awesome." "The author has a good ear for comic dialogue." --Kirkus Reviews "Morrill's debut is entertaining and quick-witted." --Publishers Weekly "The traveling details are part of the fun: her friends are into shopping, not Shakespeare, and there are raucous puns about Big Ben. The contemporary scene with consumer name-dropping will grab readers...The core drama is the romance, with all its turnarounds and timeless realism." --Booklist "This delightful debut explores the excitement and insecurities of an unexpected first love...A great choice for teens who enjoyed Jennifer E. Smith's The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, Gabrielle Zevin's Elsewhere, or Rachel Cohn and David Levithan's Dash & Lily's Book of Dares." --School Library Journal
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About Lauren Morrill

Lauren Morrill is the author of MEANT TO BE, BEING SLOANE JACOBS, THE TROUBLE WITH DESTINY, and MY UNSCRIPTED LIFE. She grew up in Maryville, Tennessee, where she was a short-term Girl Scout, a (not-so) proud member of the marching band, and a troublemaking editor for the school newspaper. She lives in Macon, Georgia, with her family, and when she's not writing, she spends a lot of hours on the track getting knocked around playing roller derby.
Follow @LaurenEMorrill on Twitter and @laurenmorrill on Instagram.
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16,257 ratings
3.7 out of 5 stars
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4 34% (5,528)
3 29% (4,646)
2 9% (1,392)
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I have wanted to read Meant To Be ever since I saw this beautiful cover (I'm a sucker for pretty covers, but then, who isn't?) The second reason why I really wanted to read this book was the setting. London is my favorite city in the world, and every book that is happening there, will be in my hands eventually. The third reason why I wanted to read Meant To Be is because it just seemed like a prefect cute read. You get that feeling where you just have to read the book! Something was telling me that I'm going to enjoy this one. "Dad was right. Screw Paris; London is the city for me." Julia and her classmates are going on a school trip to London, but Julia's best friend and friends from her swimming team weren't able to come which leaves Julia with people she doesn't particularly hang out with. To make the trip even worse, she gets paired up with Jason, a guy who is the total opposite from her. While she is a stuck-up-goody-two-shoes, Jason is relaxed and he does what he wants, when he wants. Which also means, regularly rules breaking. The week they spent in London together was so cute! I loved reading about their interactions, their adventures and the time they spent together. You could see that they liked each other, but Julia was oblivious to that. In her mind, she only saw Mark, her childhood friend, her MTB (mean to be). I was so anxious for the moment when she finally realizes how awesome Jason is, and what a douche Mark is (this is not really a spoiler). Another thing why I liked this book so much is the similarities I have with it. I also went on a school trip with my classmates to London, and we did the exact same things they did! We visited the Tate Museum, we rode on London Eye, we went to Piccadilly Circus, to Globe theater, to Stratford-upon-Avon... Lauren described all those things so vividly, that even if you never actually were there, you got that the feeling that you were there, and for me, it was like reliving one of the best memories I have. When I finally finished the book, I was grinning for the next few hours. I just couldn't stop. That ending was just too cute! Lauren Morrill definitely got on my list of authors whose books I read no matter what. I can't wait to read Being Sloane Jacobs and to see what her future works will be like!show more
by Anatea
With a frustratingly adorable protagonist, and an equally frustratingly adorable sidekick, it's not surprising that I finished Meant to Be with the biggest of smiles on my face. Surprisingly romantic, with a lot of foot-stamping and playful teasing, Meant to Be was charming and sweet in all the right ways! Julia was a great protagonist. Hot-headed and the first to correct someone's mistakes, I didn't think I would find her personality attractive. But combined with her clumsiness and quick wit, I found her to be really funny! "Great. Now I'm at a party, surrounded by strangers,in a skirt that's too short, and I'm all by myself. I'm like a walking after-school special. I pull my glass closer to my chest to shield it from wandering roofies and date rapists." "I want to roll my eyes, but I'm afraid pretty soon they're going to get stuck in the back of my head, and penis puns are really not worth my permanent facial damage." There were definitely moments in Meant to Be where I agreed with Jason, that she was way too uptight and too self-involved to actually get to know any of her classmates, but it made her self-discoveries that much more poignant. The constant reminders that she was different from her peers, that she was an intellectual, and that she was abhorred at the thought of breaking any rules, were a little excessive. Especially when the only classmates she interacted with were superficial model-types, who only travelled to London for the shopping. But, those characteristics also made it pretty easy for Jason to embarrass her, which was great at adding a little comedic relief. I loved Jason. His romantic side - serenading Julia with a Beatles song (her favourite band) while playing the guitar? Could I have swooned any harder? - was surprising, considering his class-clown title and constant inability to take anything seriously. It also made those moments that much sweeter, as he showed Julia a side that I'm sure most people never get to see. And then it broke my heart that much harder, when only moments after turning into the would-be perfect guy, he gives Julia the cold shoulder in favor of the popular crowd. I couldn't understand why he was so hot-and-cold with Julia, so I didn't doubt her confusion over his feelings for one second! Meant to Be's plot was fast-paced and fun, but there were a couple inconsistencies that had me cringing internally. At one point, Julia leaves the hotel to go for a run, wearing bright pink shorts. After accidentally locking herself out of her room, she sleeps over in a certain boys room but comments on how uncomfortable it was going to be to sleep in her jeans. The next morning she borrows a cleanish t-shirt from this boy, and again, comments on having to wear yesterday's jeans. Later, she's frustrated when her pay-as-you-go phone runs out of minutes, and only a chapter later she's seen texting on it without us having seen her top up her phone with more minutes. Not make-or-break moments, but enough to distract my attention from the story. Granted, these inconsistencies might be fixed in the final version. Witty, charming and romantic, I loved Meant to Be. I caught myself sniffling a couple times, as Julia shared memories of her father, and I was on the edge of my seat in anticipation thanks to Julia and Jason's sexual tension. And having experienced London though Meant to Be's setting, it has definitely moved up on my list of cities to visit!show more
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