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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,
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Ferdy
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This was awful. The story had the potential to be cute and quirky but because of the whiny-Mary Sue-judgy-bitchy heroine it was a bloody chore to read and if it hasn't already been made clear - I didn't enjoy it AT ALL.
I hated the main character, Julie - she was boring, pathetic and shrewish. Even though the silly cow was seventeen, she'd never had a boyfriend or even been kissed properly before, all because she was waiting for a boy she'd not seen since she was six years old!! Who the
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♥Rachel♥

Meant to Be was entirely too cute! It was sweet, wacky, and fun, with a sweet romance a-brewing.

Julia is taking a class trip to London. A dream-trip, in Julia’s opinion, without parents, and as she says an “itinerary full of visits to places I’ve only read about or imagined.” Unfortunately for Julia, her trip “buddy” she’s assigned to is none other than the wisecracking, never-serious, and highly irritating Jason. They are basically stuck together like glue, and he is the complete opposite to h
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Katy
What a cute read! I spent a good deal of the book either grinning stupidly or laughing out loud. Yes, it was a bit cliche, and there were parts that were a bit cheesy, but there's that fun, sweet innocence of "I'm five years old, and I like you, so I'm going to pick on you" type of romance. And I'm usually good about figuring out things early on, but ooooh, I can't believe Morrill snuck that one by me. This was definitely one of those books that just leave you smiling in the end.
Katie Stout
Similar Books: Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson, Anna & the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

I put off reading this book for quite a while because (1) I thought I was over contemps and (2) I had high expectations for this book's greatness and was afraid I'd be disappointed. I now have no idea why I was so worried - this book was everything I was hoping it'd be and SO. MUCH. MORE.

If I had to sum up my feelings for
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Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
This book. THIS BOOK! It may just be my favorite YA contemporary EVER! If you know me at all, you know I was once – okay, am still – very skeptical of contemporary novels. I’m afraid of finding them vapid and shallow and then having to review the insipid things. So, even before I started Meant to Be, I prayed to the book gods that it would be as good as My Life Next Door for me because prior to reading this novel, that was the best YA contemporary I’d ever read. But Meant to Be was even better… ...more
Glass
***Review originally posted on Ja čitam, a ti?

It's been a long time since last time I wrote review. Work, stress and, honestly, I've been into different kind of books since last summer. Well, it looks like I am again in sweet young adult novels phase. And what great book to start with.
Meant to Be goes in my special category - summer books. Light, fun reads about summer, road-trips, unexpected love, testing friendships and growing up. Books that make me think about warm nights spent outside wi
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Maggie
Jun 07, 2012 Maggie rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
The main character summed up in a gif:
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Lather, rinse, repeat.

Full review to come.
Elizabeth
Review + Interview here on my blog!

This is a book that took me by utter surprise. I was thinking that I would be reading a cute contemporary novel. I hadn't read the description or even heard what it was about. You see, I met Lauren twice before I even thought about requesting it on NetGalley. If her book is as awesome as she is, it has GOT to be a good read.

Let's talk about the book. I was surprised at how much I was like Julia in high school, minus the grades. She's a stickler for rules and MA
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Sophia.
Nov 25, 2012 Sophia. marked it as to-read
I bet that Jason guy is the one sending the texts. Obviously.
Beatrice
Love isn't perfect or predictable.

Julia Lichtenstein has an educational trip to London. She's known as a nerd, disciplined and obedient. She keeps things organized & planned. Then, she's partnered to a guy she hates the most in class, Jason Lippincott. He's cocky, sarcastic, rule breaker and a funny guy. Definitely opposite to Julia's personality and it gets on her nerves.

Sometimes it's fun to break some rules.

Jason wants Julia to have fun. To escape all those nerdy, stressful things. They
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Jasprit
3.5 stars

“I want toe-curlingly awesome kisses. One-of-a-kind kisses from a one-of-a-kind boy”

Julia has followed by the notion of her MTB (Meant to be) for years. Ever since she was five years old she knew her Meant to be was Mark; her next door neighbour, but he moved away, but now he’s back at her school again and she’s just waiting for him to realise it too. But she has to put everything on hold as she’s off on a class trip to London, unfortunately it clashes with her big swim meet so none of
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Kelsey Miller
Oh, man. This book. So cute. I read this in one sitting (well, really I was on my bed). I sat down, started reading, and didn’t stop until it was over.

I genuinely cannot see why someone would not like this book. It’s in LONDON, for crying out loud! I very much approved. This book is right up there with Anna and the French Kiss and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. Really, it’s like the Holy Trinity (that’s not sacrilegious, right?).




Anyway, what I really loved about this book i
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Mics *amante de los spoilers*
Estoy feliz de decir que me sigue gustando tanto como la primera vez. Julia puede ser insoportable a veces y tiene este aire de superioridad (inconscientemente) pero no pude evitar simpatizar con ella y en algunos casos hasta me sentí identificada. Es estúpida la manera en que esta completamente convencida de que Mark es su MTB (el amor de su vida), la verdad no soporto cuando las autoras hacen eso. Que la protagonista esta completamente obsesionada con un chico y que ni siquiera lo conozca, que ...more
Tara
Review originally posted on my blog http://hobbitsies.net/2012/10/meant-t...

I cannot talk enough about how much I loved Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill (and I don’t think I have stopped talking about it since I first read it)! Seriously, this book is me…but in book form. Very rarely have I ever felt like an author sat down and was like, “Hmm, let me think of the perfect book to write for Tara.” But I totally felt that way with Meant to Be.

First of all, the setting. I lived in London for half a yea
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Kim  *Mo Chridhe*
This had all the ingredients for the light and fluffy read I was looking for:

☑ foreign location (London-town!)
☑ enemies-turned-sweethearts
☑ ginger hero
☑ cute cover

Sadly, it failed short of my expectations. *sigh* I must admit, I'm partly to blame. I was still in the middle of a fantastic series when I started this, but I convinced myself that I wouldn't be able to handle an emotionally exhausting read during a weekend that's supposed to be about getting some rest and relaxation. This seemed lik
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Darkshadow
Rating: 2,5

Allah'ım, sen bizi ergen kızlardan koru. Dinimiz amin.
Liz*
2.75 Stars
Was this book incredibly predictable or I'm smarter than I'm giving myself credit for?

She's the perfect student and he's a troublemaker. It's not meant to be, or is it? I've got to say I'm a little unsure about the rating. It's a sweet story with a nice, hopeful message for all the romantic girls out there but when your female MC annoys the bejeezus out of you, the sweet story turns into something painful.

The good:
London. AMARITE?
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Jason's childish attitude. The guy was a complete mes
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Inge
4.5 stars

Meant to Be takes you on a journey through the beautiful city of London in the mind of 16-year-old know-it-all Julia. Forced to become class clown Jason’s “buddy” on the trip, she immediately starts breaking rules (which is very not done, thank you very much) and finds herself getting drunk at a party. Turns out, she’s actually quite popular, and she gets lots of phone numbers. When a guy called Chris starts texting her the next morning, she can’t for the life of her remember what he lo
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Princess Bookie
My Thoughts: So freaking cute! That is one way to describe this novel.

Meant To Be is about a girl who goes on a class trip, to see all the places she’s always wanted to see, and ends up with an annoying partner. Julia is on her way to London with her class. She’s excited yet nervous. But it gets even worst when she’s partnered up with Jason. He’s the class clown, annoying, does everything wrong, and just plain irritating, at least to Julia.

She gets stuck with him so she has to spend a lot of t
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Julia Lichtenstein lost her dad when she was just a little girl, but still holds wonderful memories of how perfect her parents were together, and puts their stories of their honeymoon in London up on a pedestal. She's convinced there's an "MTB" - "meant to be" - man out there for her, and she's equally convinced it's Mark, a boy she's known since kindergarten who's recently returned to her town and her school. But after nearly a year, Mark still hasn't spoken to her.

When a field trip to London
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Hilary Graham
There’s so much I loved about this book—from the romantic London setting, to the Shakespeare and Beatles references, to the joys of watching the anal-retentive Julia spar with Jason, that baseball-cap-wearing boy from high school you just love to hate. So much of Julia’s life seems preordained (at least to her) until some adventures in rule-breaking and trio of new flirtationships unwittingly veer her off-course. The result is a delicious love story that has it all— a smoldering first kiss, subs ...more
Blythe
Nov 02, 2012 Blythe marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I want to eat that cover.
Zemira Warner
Read this review and much more over at, YA Fanatic.

Every now and then I stumble upon a book which makes me melt into a sweet puddle what used to be a cotton candy. It's not gross so don't give me that face! In fact, it's just the best thing one could read after being emotional drained by some other book.

Meant to Be, or MTB as Julia calls it, is a way of life. She found her 'One' and their life is perfectly planned out. There's just one tiny problem. He just needs to notice her. Everything chang
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
OMG, you guys, pardon me while I flail freaking everywhere over how incredibly hilarious and wonderful and perfect for me this book is! Ahhhhh! There are certain authors who are just like made of magic for me, you know? Their every written word speaks to me. They're funny and clever, and say express the things that I think and feel all of the time, and, were I the kind of person to mark up my books, their books would be a mess of notes. Well, Lauren Morrill has just joined that esteemed crew wit ...more
Debby
5 stars

When I went to London, I was extremely excited to explore the bookstores there. I *may* have created a list beforehand of books I wished most to pick up there. See, I wanted my London book haul to be special, so I wanted to pick up books that were either (a) a UK edition I preferred over the US edition, (b) written by a British author, or (c) set in London/England. When I stood in the bookstores with my list in hand, I quickly realized there was one book I wanted above all others: Meant t
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Jennifer
So...the book is about good girl Julia who goes on a study abroad trip to London over spring break. None of her friends are with her for various convenient reasons (swim meet, family trip), but I honestly doubt their existence because I don't know of anyone who would actually want to be friends with her. While there, she's stuck with childish Jason, and they get caught up in a mystery...some random dude named Chris from a random party she unwillingly attended thought she was interesting enough t ...more
Shanyn (Chick Loves Lit)
Beautiful cover, right? I'd put that thing on my wall.

I found myself in possession of Meant to Be much earlier than I expected to, and was unable to stop myself from reading it nearly immediately. School trip to London? Girl finding out about love? Have I told you all that I love contemporary?

Meant to Be starts off on a plane (which, unrelated, but I have read a LOT of books lately with a plane somehow involved, it's a very odd trend). Our protagonist, Julia, is on her way to London as part of a
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Lalitha
Promoted as a readalike for books like ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS (Stephanie Perkins), MEANT TO BE had a promising start. Even though I read an e-galley, the cover artwork is absolutely stunning. Anglophiles will revel in the lovely descriptions of London and English culture. Morrill's writing is well-paced and the fun banter between Julia and Jason keeps the pages turning. I would definitely recommend this book to readers who are fans of ANNA (as mentioned before), Maureen Johnson's 13 BLUE ENVEL ...more
Anabel (inthebookcorner)
Okay, so here’s the thing. I was expecting to adore this book but that’s not what happened.

I guess the story was cute, even though the main character Julia was a little annoying at times. Also, I was expecting alot more to occur between Julia & Jason but it didn’t happen till about the last 100/80 pages. And then when they FINALLY got together….the book finished.

I did enjoy the running around in London part :)

& Jason made the story so much better, & also he’s a ginger :D

in the end
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Ninja Girl
OMG...November??? But I don't think I can wait that long! I NEED this book now, has so many of the great things I love: stunning cover, great title, incredibly romantic premise. YES :D

UPDATE 8/15/12: Loved it!!! Thank you Lauren Morrill! Can't wait to add MEANT TO BE to my shelf!
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Lauren Elizabeth Morrill is many things, including, but not limited to, a writer, an educator, a badass roller derby skater, a former band nerd, an aggressive driver, and a die-hard Mac person. She also watches a lot of TV, eats a lot of junk food, and drinks a lot of Coke. It's a wonder her brain and teeth haven't rotted out of her head.

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