Monday, November 19, 2012

Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill Review

Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
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Goodreads Summary:
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.

I loved this book! Julia, better known as "Book Licker" is as straight as they come. She follows all the rules whether it's unpack your suitcase as soon as you arrive or always carry a map with you. She's sure to follow them. I understand her need for order, her need to please, therefore follow the rules. I liked her even though I know some people had complaints about her. It takes a lot of time and effort to follow all the rules that society, school, parents, friends etc have laid out. So is it any wonder she hasn't had much fun and she's so uptight and let's face it, a little angry. If she let's go then she might unravel, and who would she be without all her rules to keep her in line. I think she was a little scared to let go, to find out who Julia really was. 

So she gets paired with Jason. He was endearing at times, but also a jerk. His actions were a little more erratic and confusing. He takes Julia to a party and then abandons her. Julia hasn't had enough to drink to really let go yet, so she's able to shake off the unattractive and offensive boys. But then as the night wears on, she's able to pretend she's someone else. And she loves not being "Book Licker". And that's when she gives out her number to so many boys she can't remember who the boy is that is texting her on the "only to be used for emergencies" phone provided by the school trip organizers. Jason takes advantage of that situation, something she expects and says he'll help her win him over if she writes their reflection papers. What ensues is a week of chasing the mysterious Chris around the streets of London trying not to get caught while Julia breaks the rules and finally learns to have fun. I see a lot of character growth in her since the story is told from her point of view and it's great to see. She let's go of a lot of preconceived notions and barriers she has and opens up to new possibilities that don't limit her.

But Jason starts out acting like a five year old and pretty much remains a five year old, getting out of trouble with his charm, a smile or a kiss. I see no character growth in him, no real change in him and he really did need to grow up. There were plenty of opportunities where he could have stepped up and been a grown up, but he just never showed that kind of character. I realize it's fun to act childish and there was a lot of alluding to why he acted that way so it would have been nice if he had gotten some closure or part of his issues "fixed" so he could have grown up a wee bit.

The story line was fun and different. I'm not saying there isn't another story out there like it, but it felt fresh and fun to me and it was a great contemporary romance. Julia learned a lot and not from the guide books. And in the end it was maybe not the lightest of romances I've read, but definitely fun.

I received a copy of the novel from NetGalley for review. I was not compensated for my review. The opinions expressed are my own.

Heather

8 comments:

  1. I absofreaking ADORED this book!! It was sooo freaking cute and adorable :)) Glad you likeds it too my friend!

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    1. I did so much! It's one of those books like Anna and the French Kiss. Even though Jason was like a 5 yr old, he was kind of fun!

      Heather

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  2. I think the premise of this book is adorable, but I'm a bit sad to see that James doesn't have any character growth. :( But I will check it out since I'm in need of lighter reads.

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    1. It's a fun book. Just read it for the fun of it and some laughs! And 5yr olds can be fun!

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  3. This sounds so cute. Not happy that Jason doesn't grow, but I think I need to add this to my contemp wishlist. Although... book licker? LOL :)

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    1. It's a funny book! You'll love it. There was nothing about how she got the name. But you should definitely read this one, it's funny and you can forgive Jason with the way he makes up for his shenanigans.

      Heather

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  4. Such similar feelings about Jason-I'm all for a charming boy but he was such a child and I didn't want him changing Julia to make her more like him!

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  5. I've heard from several bloggers that this one was a fun read and you said it too - so it must be true. It's on my TBR list, I always need more fun reads!

    - Jessica @ Book Sake

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