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The Me I Meant to Be

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  732 ratings  ·  173 reviews
Girl Code: Never date a friend’s ex.

Willa Evans has no intention of breaking the code. So what if she’s always secretly loved her next-door neighbor Zach? As her best friend’s boyfriend, he was always off-limits and it needs to stay that way, even though they just broke up. Even though every time she turns around he’s there, tempting her…
No keeping secrets from your bes
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 1st 2019 by Clarion Books
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I requested this one so long ago and now that it’s time to read it, I’m not sure why I wanted to read it.

Willa and Flor were not the best MCs for me. There was a lot of potential, but I didn’t care for either of their inner monologues and struggled to care for their story line. I didn’t quite see why they were friends. As for the boys, they were sort of lackluster.

Plot wise, it was fairly dramatic. There are a lot of things going on and some issues felt glossed over {like the sister clearly be
Samantha (WLABB)
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, romance, ya, contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Oh! Matters of the heart can be so complicated, especially when your heart is being torn in two. Willa's two best friends had dated, unsuccessfully, and though, in her mind, she knew she shouldn't want more with Zach, her heart wouldn't listen.

• Pro: This story kept me in its clutches! I had to keep reading, because I was just too invested in the outcome to stop.

• Pro: Jordan created some amazing chemistry between Flor & Grayson and Willa & Zach. There was no doubt in my mind t
♡Julalicious Book Paradise♡
Original review on Julalicious Book Paradise

I didn’t know what to expect when I first started reading this book. I just knew that it was Sophie Jordan writing it and I needed to read it. So I started the story without any expectations really and I was sucked into this book fast.

Willa and Flor’s friendship is your typical best friends’ relationship you can imagine; they do a lot together, tell each other almost anything and have each other’s back no matter what. Everything we are taught that best
all i gotta say abt this book is:
flor+grayson > willa+zach

sorry it had to be said. giving it 3 stars cause the ending was cute but rushed.
Jen Ryland
Dec 10, 2018 rated it liked it
This is not as engaging as I hoped but I am going to press on for the good of my GR 2018 goal....

UPDATE: Finally finished this. It had some good aspects but others I wasn't so crazy about. I liked Flor's story a lot - all the drama and tension was in her parts of the story. Willa and Zach were sort of blah (I was more interested in Willa's sister) and I didn't get Zach's appeal at all.

This story was supposed to be about female friendship and "the girl code" but since most of the book is about ea
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
This needed a lot more pages to reach truly satisfying conclusions for all the character relationships. Dana was not very kind or loving toward Flor and was obviously manipulating Flor's dad, but one brief conversation and Flor thinks Dana's not so bad? Willa's sister Chloe has serious issues (depression and possibly addiction), but she has one conversation with Willa and makes one trip to the grocery store and now everything's going to be okay? I'm not sure if this book was supposed to be about ...more
Eileen (BookCatPin)
Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

The Me I Meant to Be read like two love stories with some crossovers here and there. I liked that the book touched on a lot of possible teen issues but I wish they were more deeply explored.

The book wasn't so much about friendship but seeing two different relationships play out. From a romance point of view I really enjoyed The Me I Meant to Be. But from a friendship viewpoint the story left a lot to be desired.

Willa and Flor are best friends but they hardly had any scenes together. The
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was fun and cute to read. It is told in dual POV between two best friends, but I really preferred Flor's plot line. I liked Willa's family plot line, but her romantic one was annoying. I am not a huge fan the trope of best friends liking/dating the same guy and that is what Willa's plot revolves around. It was strange to me that Willa and Flor rarely hung out, for two people who are best friends it seemed odd. The ending felt off to me and is wrapped up in an odd way.

But, it was a cut
nick (the infinite limits of love)

Sophie Jordan's books have this incredible addictive quality to them, so I'm always pulled towards her stories. I was in the mood for a dramatic type of contemporary YA when I stumbled upon The Me I Meant to Be. My interest was only heightened when I discovered the book is the story of two friends. As with Jordan's previous novels, this book was easy to dive into.

The book told the story of Flor and Willa, two best friends and the emotional upheaval they face in their senior year of high sc
Bitchin' Reads
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD. I'm normally meh about contemporaries, but this hit all the right feels. It reminded me of the contemporaries I discovered in middle and high school and gave me tummy tingles when the love interests came into play and Flor and Willa were all swoony. TUMMY TINGLES, GUYS. I almost never experience those while reading.

I just want more. I want to get more of the heat and intensity between Will and her love interest. I want to see Flor's love interest make her feel so good when
Shoshana G
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, romance
The Willa/Zach plot was very relatable and sympathetic. However, I found the Flor/Grayson stuff a little silly. His secret identity was ridiculous. Plus, Dana's villainy was over the top and the attempt near the end to rehabilitate her a little was too little too late. This was fine. I probably would've enjoyed it in middle school or early high school. There just wasn't much there.

I read an e-ARC through NetGalley.
Debbie Gilvin
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
loved reading this book. it was a page Turner for sure, and I just fell in love with the characters, I'm really hoping for a sequel. if you like romance and a little bit of drama you should pick it up. ...more
Suad Shamma
Dec 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, own
Ukh, disappointing. I almost want to rate it a little lower now, it was just lacking. Lackluster. Almost boring. This is a book about the "girl code" and "friendship", and yet the two girls barely interact and don't seem to know anything about what the other girl is going through. Also, the girl code is ridiculous. These girls can be mean and bullies to other girls for no reason. It's seriously disappointing.

Also, I really wanted to like the whole Willa and Zach romance, but God was it an overki
Lisa Mandina
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As soon as I heard about this book, I knew I had to read it. I have been a fan of the author, Sophie Jordan, for a long time, ever since I read her book, Uninvited. I've read several other books by her since then, but this was the first YA from her in awhile it seemed. While visiting the different publisher booths at ALA last summer, when I saw this one I immediately had to ask if they had a copy I could read. It was one of my unicorn ARCs that I was very happy to take home with me from New Orle ...more
Ivy Valentiny
Nov 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Fans of Jenny Han and Maurene Goo this is a novel for you. Romance, friendship, and family are all major aspects of this story. Nicely pieced together.
Vicky Again
I found this on my library e catalogue and then checked it out. Mixed feelings.
Kristina Birch
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So much more than a YA romance!
The Me I Meant to Be is the story of Willa and Flor navigating their senior year of high school while also dealing with real life, family, and love. The Girl Code edicts that head each chapter are so spot on and are what took this from being “just a YA romance” to a book that will resonate with every reader regardless of age or gender identification.
This story is very much the sum of its parts from the exploration of first and unexpected loves, to dealing with pa
Janelle Hackbarth
Dec 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-arcs
I got an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley next change for a review.

What first drew me to this book is the two love stories in one concept. I liked the idea that Willa had to struggle with realizing she had feelings for her best friend's ex boyfriend; and that Flor was struggling between wanting her tutor or wanting to get back together with her ex.

Willa felt relatable. She struggled with not just her feelings, but how her relationship was with her older sister, Chloe, after she (Chloe)
Karen Barber
Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Flor and Willa have been best friends for ever and know everything about each other, or at least they think they do.
In love with her next door neighbour, Zach, Willa can’t reveal her feelings because he’s dated her best friend. Flor feels abandoned by her mother who barely talks to her and her father who’s got a new girlfriend. Failing school she gets a new tutor, Grayson, and...of course...he’s attractive and ends up helping her see a lot more about herself/her situation than she expected.
A rea
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it
With all honesty, this was a really weird book. The switching perspectives really threw me off, and I think she could have made it work without Flor's POV. Grayson was not as great as Zach and the 4 stars are only for Willa and him (my humble opinion). I personally could not see how wonderful Flor and Willa's friendship was. The whole story made it seem like the story was about two girls from the same friendship circle rather than two best friends. Therefore, I was not really upset about the who ...more
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was going to rate this a 3.5, but it started to grow on me the closer I got to the end.

Now, I will 100% say that if my *best* friend were to get with my ex it would crush me, but I understand from Willa’s POV too. She had liked him since she could remember, but she should’ve gone about it in the right way and just talk to Flor.

All in all, love the split POVs in this book and being able to see both of the girl’s standpoints. It was interesting to see the journeys of love both girls were on, esp
Take Me Away To A Great Read
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Me I Meant to Be by Sophie Jordan
Published by: HMH Teen
Pub Date: January 1, 2019
Rating: 4.5 Stars

One of the best YA contemporaries I read this year. I loved the struggles, friendships, romance and coming to realize what you really want and not settling. I only wish their had maybe been more of an epilogue.
Claire (Book Blog Bird)
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
I wasn't expecting this book to be anything out of the ordinary, but I ended up really enjoying it to the extent that I stayed up reading till 2am and am now shattered at work. The plot doesn't do a whole lot - it's just a case of meandering boyfriend/ex-boyfriend angst, but the characters were really great, especially Willa and Zach. I'd deffo recommend this one. ...more
♡Julalicious Book Paradise♡
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, signed-books
Original review on Julalicious Book Paradise

I didn’t know what to expect when I first started reading this book. I just knew that it was Sophie Jordan writing it and I needed to read it. So I started the story without any expectations really and I was sucked into this book fast.

Willa and Flor’s friendship is your typical best friends’ relationship you can imagine; they do a lot together, tell each other almost anything and have each other’s back no matter what. Everything we are taught that best
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Though this was an easy, one-sitting read, there was SO much either glossed over or completely ignored (view spoiler). ...more
Dec 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I received this as an eARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Told from alternate perspectives of Willa and Flor, these two are going to have to navigate their way through girl code, when the love of a boy comes into question. Willa has always lived next door to the extremely handsome and popular Zach. She never thought she could ever be in his league, so she just let her crush stay a crush and helped her best friend, Flor, date him. Now that Zach and Flor have broken up, Flor is tr
I was looking for a quick, cute read but this turned out to be so dramatic!!
But I guess what bothered me the most was the lack of balance between school life, educational attempts and all the steamy kissing....
I only finished it because it was short.
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Sophie Jordan took her adolescent daydreaming one step further and penned her first historical romance in the back of her high school Spanish class. This passion led her to pursue a degree in English and History.

A brief stint in law school taught her that case law was not nearly as interesting as literature - teaching English seemed the natural recourse. After several years

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