Publisher: Delacorte Books FYR (Random House)
First published: November 13th, 2012
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 Rating: 4.5 / 5
After being slightly scared that my high expectations for Meant to Be will only lead to disappointment, I realized that this contemporary YA is just as awesome as its summary wants to make us believe. It's an incredibly cute and heart-warming story with characters that will slowly make their way into your heart and will definitely stay there. If you're looking for a great addition to your contemporary collection, be sure to take a closer look at this one.
After I read about comparisons of Meant to Be with my absolute favorite contemporary YA Anna and the French Kiss, I knew that I had to read it. But thanks to that comparison and the über-cute summary, my expectations were pretty high and I'm very happy to announce that they were completely met. This definitely is the perfect read for everyone who is looking for a cute distraction from their own everyday lives.
Julia, Meant to Be's main character is a slightly obsessive, crazy but oh-so-loveable narrator who you will definitely fall in love with. Like many other Young Adult main characters she is slightly unpopular but knows just how to live with this situation. She is looking for the perfect Hollywood-kind-of love with the guy who is meant to be with her. Of course she has an idea who that perfect guy might be, but the girl who usually tries to plan everything has to realize that some things just don't happen like you want.
Therefore the love story is wonderfully entertaining. I soon knew which guy to root for and crossed my fingers for him to not mess things up with Julia. This story is full of tiny (and not-so-tiny) misunderstandings that made me laugh and made me cringe and overall made it almost impossible for me to put this cute read down. Of course there are also some interesting secondary characters that we get to meet, but thanks to its shortness Meant to Be mainly concentrates on the most important characters and doesn't overwhelm us with unnecessary information.
All in all, Meant to Be is a book to fall in love with and to pick up whenever you need to remind yourself that cuteness and true love are still out there in the world. With a slightly nerdy but very refreshing main character, lots of chaotic misunderstandings and a heart-warming love story it will definitely appeal to many readers and end up on quite a few favorite lists.
Debut Author Challenge 2012
YA Contemporary Challenge 2012
Do you love cute contemporary novels like Meant to Be or Anna and the French Kiss as much as I do? And if you haven't read it yet, do you plan to read Meant to Be as well? What do you expect from it?
I'd love to hear your thoughts!