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Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
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May 12, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012-reads, want-to-own
Read from May 08 to 12, 2012

[Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading]

Book Licker. I fell in love with this book at the first mention of Book Licker – the ever-so-endearing nickname Jason gave our resident Type-A, obsessive compulsive protagonist, Julia. Much of this book is founded on the understanding that Julia and Jason are complete opposites who are unwillingly partnered during their spring break school trip to London.

Jason is difficult. He’s funny, but secretly smart. He’s a jokester. He picks on Julia to NO END.
Julia is uptight and follows rules to a fault. She’s a goody two shoes. It’s her worst nightmare to be paired with Jason.

I mentioned in my Smart Girls Get What They Want review that there are two types of books – those definitely written for teenagers and those who are for a more mature audience. Meant to Be is mature because of Julia and Jason – they’re two intelligent, worldly characters that are responsible and wise beyond their years. Julia’s character reminded me of who seventeen-year-old me was. The girl who was anxious to do everything right, to be the best at everything, and who sometimes forgot to live a little because she was so focused on aiming for perfection.

Jason pushes forces Julia to step outside her comfort zone and experience the non-guidebook version of London. Morill did a beautiful job making London come alive for me; I’ve never been, but I so hope that I have the chance to in the very near future. Jason showed Julia that it’s okay to go off the beaten path and that life doesn’t always have to be so literal. Julia, in turn, had a great effect on Jason, too.

She showed him it’s okay to be a little nerdy. She fascinated him with the random factoids she had stored away. Their interactions were beyond amusing. I found myself laughing out loud as these two incredibly different people tried to navigate their way around London to complete their homework assignments.

I can’t lead you astray and let you think that Jason is our main man in Meant to Be. Julia meets a random person, Chris, at a party who she spends much of her time texting. She also bears the burden of a long-term crush on resident good-boy, Matt, from back home. At times I felt Julia’s decisions were a little jarring and I desperately wanted her to be confident in her decisions. There was definitely a big dose of confusion over who she liked. In the end, everything worked out really well and I was happy with who Julia became.

Meant to Be is an incredible debut novel by Lauren Morrill. I definitely encourage you to check this one out. It’s every ounce as wonderful inside as the cover is on the outside.
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Reading Progress

05/11/2012 page 32
11.0% "Book Licker: the most unique nickname for a book nerd ever."
05/12/2012 page 115
40.0% "Loooove the meant to be discussion!"
05/12/2012 page 205
71.0% "What just happened? *puts on thinking cap*"

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Jana (That Artsy Reader Girl) How did you get this so early!? I've been wanting to read it so bad! Can I borrow it? :D

Magan (Rather Be Reading) Hey! I borrowed my friend Sarah's copy (who got hers from the author - they're close friends). I have already mailed it back. :( Did you know it's on netgalley now? Go look. So, so good!

Jana (That Artsy Reader Girl) Oh! I did not know it was on Netgalley! Thank you for telling me! :)

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