Title: Meant To Be
Author: Lauren MorrillRelease date: November 13th 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Delacorte Books For Young Readers
This book is in all honesty one of the loveliest I've ever read as far as romantic contemporary a come. I will admit that it was a bit predictable. And maybe the prospect of it all might seem quite silly at first, but if cheesy and cute is what you're in the mood for then this should definitely be at the top of your list.
What I loved the most about this book was the setting and how vividly things were described. I could imagine everything so clearly and put myself in Julia's position so easily that it didn't take too long before I was completely swooning over this story. I've never even been to England (I really want to though) and I felt like was immediately transported to all the pretty places and landmarks. Everything about it was like a modern day fairy-tale.
At first when we are introduced to Jason he seems like a total jerk. Frankly, he was. But then his true side shows and you just can't help but fall in love with him along with Julia. I mean, he did so many cut things! Like a scene in a record store; it was my favorite thing ever. Not to mention all the Beatles references. There were just so many adorable scenes. However, there were a few times where I was really frustrated. Julia wasn't my favorite MC ever. I could connect with her on some levels, like her loving to read and always carrying a book around and having trouble coming out of your shell, but sometimes she could come off as a naive. It wasn't that much of a nuisance but I would've loved to connect a little more with her.
I highly enjoyed the romance, like I said it was really cute. More importantly, it wasn't that much of an insta-love situation. In fact, the MCs start off hating each other! Julia has her mind set on an entirely different boy and that's when the text messages roll in. To that turned out to be a really interesting addition to the romantic element dive it keeps you guessing and speculating as to who is actually sending them.