Title and Author: Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
Series: No, its a Standalone
Shelves: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Published: 13th November 2012
Summary: A girl with it all planned out discovers a romance she never expected in this funny debut about a class trip to London that HelloGiggles.com 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.
“Why does everyone think a girl who prefers books to people must be in want of a life? ”
I have never disliked a character as much as I disliked Julia who happens to be the protagonist. So this book and I were a no go from the very beginning and yet I somehow read through it because I don’t like leaving books unfinished.
Julia was irritating, judgmental, shallow and at times she said such mean things and didn’t even have the decency to apologize. She makes no effort in making friends either and that’s because she thinks she is waaay better than everybody else. She’s in love with a boy who she’s had a crush on for years and believes him to be her MTB i.e Meant to be but the thing is, she has NEVER even spoken to him so on what basis did she come to this conclusion anyway! When you pick up a book, you’re supposed to at least understand the character if not like them but the whole time I was reading this book, all I wanted was to punch her in the face. Infact, the entire book is filled with exasperating characters.
The main love interest, Jason, is a complete jackass. He is supposed to be the class clown but everything he did was really immature and annoying. He nicknames Julia ‘book-licker’ and uses the term one too many times. Moreover, he spends most of his time trying to humiliate her and Julia just takes his crap. On top of all that, he behaves like he’s 8 years old. These people are supposed to be 17 year olds so behave like it!!! There was nothing about Jason that appealed to me and there was no chemistry between the two except in this one scene when its raining and that’s because rain makes everything more romantic.
Final thoughts: This book had the potential to be really good. Despite the lame ass characters that ruined it for me, the book was quite funny and I did like the ending because I wasn’t really expecting it. However, lets just say that this book and I were just not Meant to Be.