Thursday, May 7, 2015
Review of Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
by Lauren Morrill
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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.
I don't really think I had expectations going into this book. Ive seen some rave reviews and some not so rave reviews, so this was just supposed to be some random YA contemporary. Unfortunately, I was let down by this book. I just found it overall flat and predictable.
The plot of the story was probably one of the least original things I've ever read. It followed one of the most linear plot lines, and it was just annoying. I think the worst [and most original] part of the plot was when Julia went beyond a love triangle, and went to a love square (is that a thing. I was saying a love triangle but three options rather than 2). Then it all worked itself out exactly how it was supposed to and blah blah blah. I was just not captivated by the story.
The characters were just unrealistic if I'm being completely honest. Julia was one way, then she decided that she would be another completely different way, then she would go back to her normal self. It just went from one personality to another, and she couldn't make up her mind on who she was going to be. And Jason was even worse. He was cocky asshole in the beginning, then we got to know him and everything changed. *pukes* Ugh I was just so annoyed with all of the people being so awfully crafted.
How the hell do you fall in love in a week. Exactly. You don't.
What else. Hmmmm. The cover was nice. I liked the setting :/