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Meant to Be

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  16,065 ratings  ·  2,106 reviews
It's one thing to fall head over heels into a puddle of hazelnut coffee, and quote another to fall for the - gasp - wrong guy. Straight-A junior Julia may be accident prone, but she's the 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. Julia also believes in fate, and that Mar ...more
Hardcover, 292 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Dec 10, 2012 rated it did not like it

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
Aj the Ravenous Reader
3.5 stars

An adventurous, hilarious romantic story about a too smart, know-it-all, self-righteous Julia who wishes to find her MTB (Meant to Be) while on an educational tour around London when she was paired up (for “academic” purposes) with her least favorite person- a carefree, troublemaker, jerk-blooded Jason who seems intent on ruining all her carefully laid out plans.

I wasn’t a big fan of Julia in the beginning because I thought she was too smug but I soon realized all her “I’m better tha
May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-e-book

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
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
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1.5 stars

Can we boycott teenage girls that think they're better than everyone else because they read classic novels and listen to the Beatles? Can we boycott teenage girls who think they're better than other girls because they are more conservative and wear more clothes? We need to boycott this entire book to escape the pretentious and idiotic main characters and themes explored.
Dec 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporaries
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 this
Emily (Obsessed Reader)
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When I picked this book up, I honestly wasn't expecting too much. However, it ended up completely surprising me. This book is up there in the ranks with Stephanie Perkins for me...I feel like Perkins fans will absolutely love & adore this book. It didn't take me long to be completely sucked into the story, and I read the entire thing in one day.
The author just NAILED IT with this book, and there is so much about it that I loved. It was exactly what I needed and had been craving, so it was a com
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it

Do you believe in meant to be?

Are we meant to fall in love with one particular person? Do we all have a meant to be? Meant to be here or there at a certain time for some magical moment or meeting? I’m not sure. My heart likes the idea, but my head gets in the way most days. :)

Our story revolves around a class trip to London. Classmates, flirts, couples, rules, and rule breakers! Come on, jump on the tour bus! Meet Jason and Julia, complete opposite personalities that cause havoc and adventure a
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 eve ...more
Kelsey Miller
Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Anatea Oroz
This review is also posted on my blog, Anatea's Bookshelf.

I have wanted to read Meant To Be ever since I saw this beautiful cover (I'm a sucker for pretty covers, but then, who isn't?) The second reason why I really wanted to read this book was the setting. London is my favorite city in the world, and every book that is happening there will be in my hands eventually. The third reason why I wanted to read Meant To Be is because it just seemed like a perfect cute read. You get that feeling whe
***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
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Two years later, and I still love this book.
I like Julia, she's strong, knows what she wants in life, and is not afraid to speak her mind. She's in love with the idea of love itself, she has this perfect man in her mind and she's prepared to do anything to find her MTB. Of course there were moments she was - just like Jason said - a pain in the ass, because she just doesn't know where to stop. She's hurting people with her know-it-all attitude, and she's not even aware of it. But her time in Lon
Bryce Rocks My Socks
Jan 18, 2021 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who believe in meant to bes
Shelves: contemporary, ya
packing my bags for london... who's with me? ...more
Aug 16, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I have absolutely no idea WHY so many people like this book! Here is an annoying, but true, encapsulation of my feelings for this book:

Me: Ooooh, pretty cover, decent ratings, and a cool blurb! Sounds fun! I should definitely get this!

MTB: Think twice, bitch, do you really want me? *goes out of stock on amazon*

Me: Hahaha, no, I'm gonna get you! *patiently waits for it to be back in stock and then orders it*

Me: Yay, I'm totally ready to love this!

Julia: *starts the book with a
Liz* Fashionably Late
2.75 Stars
Was this book incredibly predictable or I'm brighter 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?

Jason's childish attitude. The guy was a complete
Beatrice Masaluñga
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 brok
May 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Inge by: Keertana
4.5 stars
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
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of the cute and romantic
4 stars
Review to come

This book was adorable!

Introvert girl + extrovert guy
Paired together on an international school trip
and my favorite of all tropes ... the hate to love <3

Yeah it's like all the other fluffy light reads ... cliché and cute and 100% worth a read if you like books like Anna and the French Kiss, and etc (except I thought this book had a lot more exciting things to offer).

I had only a few complaints that I will chronicle in a full review soon, but for the most part this book was
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
The main character summed up in a gif:
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Lather, rinse, repeat.

Full review to come.
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ✶Rachelle✶ by: Heather
Shelves: romance, contemporary, ya
5 stars


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
Nov 25, 2012 marked it as to-read
I bet that Jason guy is the one sending the texts. Obviously.
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
review on book blog: https://www.bookwormsandbibliophiles....
so underrated and for what?? read this now dpiasidlks
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it
2,5 stars


This book is a bit of a contradiction to me.

Its cute buts also its literary every romance cliche in existence stuffed into a book.
Its a good plot, but SO predictable with everything that happens.
It has nice characters, but at the same time they are so overdone.
The pacing was good, but at the same time there was always something missing.

Its just... a strange book in a way.
Its not bad. Its actually pretty good.

But it could be so much better if the author wouldn
Chesca (thecrownedpages)
Actual Rating: 2.5 stars
Read for The Quarterly Book Club’s 2017 2nd Quarter: Contemporary Fiction

Lauren Morrill’s Meant to Be is an adventure, across London, following “Book Licker” Julia and her nemesis, Jason, as they search for Chris, a guy she supposedly met one night when Jason dragged her out of their hotel and into a party. For the first time in her life, Julia started breaking rules and maybe, along the way, she would finally find her MTB.

I know that the plot was undeniably cliché wi
DNF @ 50% because it was turning to be awfully boring and tedious.

Well, there goes my patience. It’s been desiderating out of my system as far as I could remember. I mean, don’t get me wrong. This wasn’t a horrible book. The opening cred actually caught my attention (because I love flying and I find it funny for Julia to be scared) but it just didn’t sit well with my other contemporaries. It didn’t exactly scream for me. And I’m finding this odd though because I’m consecutively reading contempo
Sep 26, 2020 rated it did not like it

I just wasted so much of my time. And the worst part about that is that while I was reading this book, I was fully aware of that fact and... I didn't stop... *silent scream to the Elder Gods*

I feel like I always have this problem - I pick up these books that have descriptions like: "Hi! My names Bernadette. My name gets me bullied a lot along with my personality but that's only because I'm QUIRKY and TOO SMART COMPARED TO THE REST OF THE BELOW AVERAGE PLEBS IN MY HIGH SCHOOL. But among
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
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LAUREN MORRILL grew up in Maryville, Tennessee, where she was a short-term Girl Scout, a (not so) proud member of the marching band, and a trouble-making editor for the school newspaper. She graduated from Indiana University with a major in history and a minor in rock & roll, and now lives in Macon, GA with her husband and sons.

Lauren is the author of several YA novels, including MEANT TO BE (Rand

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