It’s Romantic Thursday with Bookmunchie! So why is Thursday romantic? Because I like Thursday and I like romance! Basically, I just love romance, in YA books, in adult, contemporary, historical, whichever the genre and sometimes I’m too lazy to write full reviews but I do love sharing fun quotes or just gushing about characters. So that’s what Romantic Thursday is for! To share my love. May it be through actual full reviews, quick reviews, or just fun quotes.
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (November 13th 2013)
Add on: Goodreads
Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
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.
Meant to be, the idea that is what every romance is based on. That there’s the one true pairing, that person you’re meant to be with. Of course I need to feature review for the book Meant to Be on Romantic Thursday.
Meant to Be is a pretty cute high-school romance of your variety nerdy girl with the class clown boy. Throw in shenanigans and wild goose chase across London mixed with some cute moments and unexpected realization and you have an adorable teen romance. I like both Julia and Jason. Julia starts off just tolerating Jason but slowly you can see her heart beat a little faster with him and it’s not just annoyance! With Jason, we get to see that he’s more than just the class clown.
There was parts of the book that definitely fell into the cheesy, typical love-hate, teen angst romance but there’s definitely other moments that made up for it. Particularly the ending. Especially the ending. I loved this ending. It doesn’t even matter that it was a bit rushed and the build up to it drove me a little batty. The ending was so adorable that it left me grinning and going awwwwwwwe. I’m such a sucker for an adorable ending, it almost can make me overlook anything haha.
p.s. I also loved getting to see parts of London (and surrounding area).
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