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Magan: Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

Book Cover for Meant to Be by Lauren MorrillMeant to Be by Lauren Morrill [website | twitter]
Publication Date: November 13, 2012
Publisher: Delacorte
Pages: 290
Format read: ARC borrowed from Sarah at Storybound Girl
Keywords: high school, first dating relationships, traveling to London

Summary: Julia’s trip to London is anything but what she expected when she’s paired up with the resident comedian, Jason. Her class trip is chaotic and exciting as Jason turns all her plans upside down and she begins receiving texts from a person she met at a party Jason convinced her to attend. Will Julia find her Meant to Be in London?


Book Licker. I fell in love with this book at the first mention of Book Licker – the ever-so-endearing nickname Jason gave our resident Type-A, obsessive compulsive protagonist, Julia. Much of this book is founded on the understanding that Julia and Jason are complete opposites who are unwillingly partnered during their spring break school trip to London.

Jason is difficult. He’s funny, but secretly smart. He’s a jokester. He picks on Julia to NO END.
Julia is uptight and follows rules to a fault. She’s a goody two shoes. It’s her worst nightmare to be paired with Jason.

I mentioned in my Smart Girls Get What They Want review that there are two types of books – those definitely written for teenagers and those who are for a more mature audience. Meant to Be is mature because of Julia and Jason – they’re two intelligent, worldly characters that are responsible and wise beyond their years. Julia’s character reminded me of who seventeen-year-old me was. The girl who was anxious to do everything right, to be the best at everything, and who sometimes forgot to live a little because she was so focused on aiming for perfection.

Jason pushes forces Julia to step outside her comfort zone and experience the non-guidebook version of London. Morill did a beautiful job making London come alive for me; I’ve never been, but I so hope that I have the chance to in the very near future. Jason showed Julia that it’s okay to go off the beaten path and that life doesn’t always have to be so literal. Julia, in turn, had a great effect on Jason, too.

She showed him it’s okay to be a little nerdy. She fascinated him with the random factoids she had stored away. Their interactions were beyond amusing. I found myself laughing out loud as these two incredibly different people tried to navigate their way around London to complete their homework assignments.

I can’t lead you astray and let you think that Jason is our main man in Meant to Be. Julia meets a random person, Chris, at a party who she spends much of her time texting. She also bears the burden of a long-term crush on resident good-boy, Matt, from back home. At times I felt Julia’s decisions were a little jarring and I desperately wanted her to be confident in her decisions. There was definitely a big dose of confusion over who she liked. In the end, everything worked out really well and I was happy with who Julia became.

Meant to Be is an incredible debut novel by Lauren Morrill. I definitely encourage you to check this one out. It’s every ounce as wonderful inside as the cover is on the outside.

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October 17, 2012 - 7:57 pm

VeganYANerds - I’m glad you loved this, Magan! I have wanted to read it ever since I first saw the cover and now I can’t wait for it to be published!

October 16, 2012 - 11:36 am

Magan - Same here, Lori! Me either — write more Lauren! We need it!

October 16, 2012 - 11:36 am

Magan - Aww, Tara — that makes me so happy to know. I wish I got to know (meet) more authors in person. I love that you shared this! Thank you!

October 16, 2012 - 11:35 am

Magan - Thanks, Brittany! Put the release date on your calendar! Be ready! 🙂

October 16, 2012 - 11:35 am

Magan - Julia did make some pretty abrupt decisions sometimes and I was all, “WHAT DO YOU WANT?” but mostly I hoped she would make the right decision. There was something about Jason that I found endearing. I saw through his silliness and wanted the good boy to be seen. I’m sorry your heart was confused, Jen! 🙂

October 16, 2012 - 11:32 am

Magan - Alexa, I cannot tell you how badly I wanted to leave to London while I was reading Meant to Be! I wanted to sightsee and explore. Ahh! YES – you do need this!

October 16, 2012 - 11:31 am

Magan - Keertana – it’s a really great story that will have you flipping through the pages for more of Jason’s crazy antics and trying to figure out who in the heck she ends up with! 🙂 Hope you enjoy!

October 15, 2012 - 5:08 pm

Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings - I am SO glad you enjoyed this one! I’ve been looking forward to it ever since the cover was revealed and I haven’t read a good Contemporary YA Romance in a looong time, so I can’t WAIT for this one to release! Fantastic review!(:

October 15, 2012 - 2:13 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Any book that’s set in LONDON is already a book I want to read. I love that they sound like such an unlikely pair, and that too makes me really excited to read this. I NEED IT.

October 15, 2012 - 1:00 pm

jen - see… i liked this book and i didn’t. the immaturity level was through the roof with some characters. i loved julia’s nerdliness, but all i could think of was “seriously. if it ends up being jason, i’m gonna smack this girl.” because he got on my nerves THAT BADLY. though i did read it in one sitting, so that says something. THIS BOOK CONFUSED MY HEART.

October 15, 2012 - 10:26 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - This book looks SO GOOD. I cannot wait to read it!! Great review. It definitely makes me want to read it even more now 🙂

October 15, 2012 - 9:39 am

Tara - I can’t wait to read this one! I met Lauren in a book signing line at BEA and she is just the sweetest person ever.

October 15, 2012 - 7:23 am

Lori - Yes! I loved it so much. Julia and Jason were so great and very unique. I can’t wait to read more from Lauren in the future.

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