Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers on November 13, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, YA
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.
What I Thought…
- Everyone was right, this is a cute book!
- I absolutely adored Julia. First of she is a total book nerd! She knows the value of carrying books around at all times (Side note: I’m writing this review right now, instead of reading, because I forgot my ereader at home and I don’t have any books in my car so I am completely bookless. Fail). She shows the proper love and care for books and bookstores make her swoon. She takes notes in books. She likes to organize. She follows the rules. A lot of the things she did and ways she behaved reminded me of me back in the day.
- I also loved Julia’s voice. She was funny and insecure and smart all rolled into one. The perfect combination.
- There were a couple of small surprises here and there but for the most part it was fairly predictable but in cute books like this I really don’t mind. In fact in all books I pretty like knowing the end game of who is going to end up with whom. It’s the how they get there that is fun for me.
- I loved the adventure they had going around London. Someday I will go here.
- The nickname “Book Licker” is not ever ok. It drove me absolutely nuts that this was what Jason called Julia.
- Jason was pretty hit or miss for me. There were sometimes where he was just so sweet and cute and others were I pretty much just wanted to slap him. It’s my personal opinion that he was a little too mean. I’m just not sure I could like a guy who could be that mean.
- Meant To Be has the cutest chapter titles!
- There were a couple of other logistical things about the kids being in London that kind of bothered me. There was only one teacher for 20 kids, so not gonna happen. Kids allowed to wander off in pairs throughout London, not gonna happen either. But since Meant To Be is so cute I can easily forgive.
“There’s a difference between preferring books to parties and preferring sixteen cats to seeing the light of day.”
“I have my own e-reader, but I hardly ever use it. I need to fold down pages and flag passages with sticky notes. I need to experience books, not just read them. I never go anywhere without a book in my bag, and to travel across the ocean, I’d packed more than my fair share.”
“Why does every1 think a girl who prefers bks to ppl must be in want of a life? –J”
“I don’t use airplane bathrooms. As a rule. And I really don’t like breaking rules. (It’s kind of one of my rules.) I mean, if I’m going to plummet to my death, it’s not going to be with my pants around my ankles.”
* I debated for a long time between 3 and 4 stars because I just couldn’t stand the Book Licker nickname, but ultimately Julia’s book nerdiness won over and I went with 4!