Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

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. (Goodreads)

All my free time means that I am flying through books that I have had for a while now! This is the latest to add to that collection! 🙂 I really really enjoyed this book. It is a great, feel good book – perfect for the rain that seems to be pouring outside my window!

The story follows a class trip to London, where Julia (thanks to Jason) begins to loosen up a little bit and let go. The story is inevitable and predictable, but I didn’t really mind as I watched these two characters really get to know each other – away from all the classroom stereotypes and nicknames.

I think this book could be a good pre set for “opposites attract”. Normally Jason and Julia wouldn’t have looked twice at each other if they hadn’t been paired for the trip as buddies. However, through this pairing, they begin to get to know each other and they begin to help the other one out. I think they are pretty cutesy and it seems like the ideal romance – something that no one would believe could happen in real life!

Either way, I enjoyed this book and I would probably return to it if I am in a bad mood! I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

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