Thursday, January 10, 2013

Review: Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

Meant to BeMeant to Be by Lauren Morrill was such an adorable read. I buzzed through this book in just two days and giggled out loud on public transit. I hate to be that weirdo laughing at their book on the train, but this is just so darn charming. At least it sort of looked like I was reading a book for adults- these cover models look old. Grad Student 1, Creepy YA Book Covers, 132.

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 (GoodReads).
  • Originality: 4. Classic Rom-Com. Boy gets stuck with girl in an unlikely scenario, they hate each other, fall for each other while pretending to deny it, and then.....Extra points for the London setting and a leading lady with a surprisingly complex sense of self and relationships.
  • Absurdity: 8. OK why do these two end up in so many pig piles/wrestling? I mean, muddy fields, museum galleries, hotel lobbies, front steps. Is gravity different in London?
  • Level of Paranormal Romance: 7. This is a Rom-Com in the best sense--it is How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days level cute.  Jason is hilarious and Julia, even though she has the nickname "Book Licker" is smart and just sassy enough. I loved the banter between these two. I also loved the pig piles (particularly one out in a field ifyouknowhatImean wink wink).
  • Level of Harry-Potterness: 3. This book will probably not stick with me like a true HP read, but that doesn't mean it wasn't a fun fling!


  1. Shh, don't tell anyone, but despite despising most rom-coms, I kinda loved How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days. So yeah, if this is anything like it (and it sounds like it is), I think it's gonnna one of those secret tryst books. I will date it in private, but when we're in public, I can't even look it in the eye. Yeah. Awesome!

    1. I OWN THE SOUNDTRACK to that movie. On a CD. and I am not even sorry one bit. Bring on the Rom-Coms.

  2. This sounds super cute. I have been looking for a fun rom-com. :) And why would anyone lick books? Papercuts on your tongue are not how you enjoy a good story. Ewwww.


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