It’s really hard for me to begin to write a review of a book that I thoroughly enjoyed. Like, how do I perfectly convey the flaily arms, shouty voice feeling I got after reading Meant To Be by Lauren Morrill. Y’all, I totally ate this book up. Like, whenever I had a spare moment I would crack open my kindle and read. That’s rare for me lately, because I’ve been more in the mood for TV than reading or blogging.
Main character Julia is basically a Type-A personality, meaning she’s super organized, kind of judgmental and bossy. When her BFF has to bail on a class trip to London, Julia is stuck being partnered with class clown Jason, and honestly? It’s her version of Hell, as he deviates from the schedule and is quite the trouble maker. You see, Julia is very much a by the book kind of girl. Anyways, Jason convinces Julia to let loose at a party. The next day she wakes up to a pounding hangover and mysterious, romantic texts from someone named Chris. With Jason’s help, Julia runs all over London trying to track down love and her Meant To Be.
As a person, I am nothing like Julia or Jason. Like, are you guys kidding me? I consistently procrastinate instead of getting things all done ahead of time like Julia does. However, I also don’t act like a total idiot in public like Jason. That’s not to say that I didn’t like or was unable to relate to the two characters. I know some people thought Julia was kind of a pain in the rear, but I liked her. I love reading books about uptight girls who realize it’s okay to loosen up. Plus, you guys I had a lot of empathy for Julia. You see, her dad died when she was really young and she was left with this impression of a Meant To Be where basically in life each person has someone with whom it is meant to be and she won’t settle for less. Anyways, plenty of life lessons are learned.
Morrill is a competent writer. If you are a fan of Stephanie Perkins’ writing style, chances are you will be a fan of Meant To Be as well. The pacing is wonderful in that I was so sucked in to this world of London and mysterious text messages and annoying trip buddies, that the time spent reading Meant To Be passed very quickly. I was never bogged down by boring superflous purple prose or anything. And frankly, when I am in a tiny bit of a slump, getting sucked in is exactly what I am looking for. I know we don’t all deal with slumps the same way, but if your reading preferences and habits are similar to mine, chances are Meant To Be will be a great slump buster for you.
Y’all, if your primary objective when reading YA is to recapture that old school swooning feeling, THIS IS THE BOOK. Like, the entire time while reading Meant To Be I was rooting for the goofball, what can I say, I have a soft spot for class clowns. There’s a certain scene in Meant To Be that takes place in a field with some rain where I am pretty sure you’ll be with me on team Goofball and will totally be like YES THAT IS WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT. YES SIR. As far as contemporary young adult romances go, I was very pleased with this book and it’s outcome.
If you’ve got a soft spot for the whole opposites attract trope, like reading about teenagers in a strange land (London HOLLA), and do not mind stick in the mud characters, you need to get your hands on Meant To Be by Lauren Morrill as soon as possible. For reals, I am feeling the need to purchase whatever Morrill comes out with in the future because I was so satisfied by Meant To Be and it definitely helped that slump.
Disclosure: Received for review via Netgalley
Other reviews of Meant To Be by Lauren Morrill:
Bewitched Bookworms – “I am excited to tell that this book delivered everything it promised!!”
Rather Be Reading – “Book Licker. I fell in love with this book at the first mention of Book Licker”